Ep 31 - The Chemistry of Self-Driving Cars with Covestro
In this installment of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O’Shea sits down with Paul Platte, Senior Marketing Manager at Covestro. Covestro is a Bayer spinout and one of the leading producers of high-performance polymers. Their products can be found almost everywhere, and they are a major supplier to the automotive, electronics, and healthcare industries. Now, however, self-driving cars are taking up much of Covestro’s attention. On December 3rd, 2018, they’ll be holding a summit, titled RoadTrip 2030, in Pittsburgh. The day-long conference will feature many of the innovators that are working to build the autonomous vehicles of tomorrow, including Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group, Carnegie Mellon University, and more. If you’d like to attend this event in person, you can get tickets here - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/roadtrip-2030-tickets-50905525798. Alternatively, you can participate in the livestream by registering here - https://reg.ubivent.com/register/covestro.
Ryan and Paul discuss many of the crucial design and engineering challenges that most people overlook when discussing self-driving cars, as well as the ramifications of electric vehicles, changing ownership models, and drones.
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What is Covestro? [1:55]
Paul’s Background [3:36]
RoadTrip 2030 [4:39]
Pittsburgh: A Self-Driving Hub [7:12]
The Future Automobile in Virtual Reality [8:31]
Design Challenge: Thermal Management in AVs [11:26]
Self-Driving Cars - An Extension of Your Phone [17:17]
Design Challenge: Hidden Cameras and Sensors [21:05]
Cars for Entertainment, Work, & Sleep [29:04]
Design Challenge: Self-Driving Safety [35:20]
Design Challenge: Large & Dangerous Batteries [42:02]
The End of Vehicle Ownership & Increased Workload [46:44]
Space Flight & “New Mobility” [52:33]
Current Materials Roadblocks [57:13]
Importance of Sustainability [1:02:42]
Where to find more about Covestro and RoadTrip 2030 [1:06:24]
Uber Advanced technologies Group
Carnegie Mellon University
Kettering University (formerly General Motors Institute of Technology)
Solar Impulse plane
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