• “I think it's a characteristic of all innovators; to recognize talent in others and then get those others to buy into your own personal vision.”

    Matt Anderson, Curator of Transportation, Henry Ford Museum

  • What you’ll hear in this episode

      • The first cars cost nearly 7x the average annual salary
      • Possibly the most wide-reaching industry disruption in US history
      • Half the automobiles driven in the world were once the same car
      • The common-sense invention of the assembly line
      • The 90-minute car
      • A factory that doubled worker’s wages overnight and changed the world
      • How Henry Ford created the American middle class
      • How a car only turned a $2 profit
      • Ironically, how wheel brakes allowed cars to zoom faster
      • An industry trend toward smaller, safer, and overseas manufacturing
      • Who finally made electric cars sexy?
      • This month, the first reasonably-priced electric vehicle is finally here.
      • Elon Musk’s biggest gamble (other than, you know, privatized space travel)
      • Are legacy car companies doomed?
      • 100 million lines of code. On wheels.
      • Why we haven’t had a successful car startup in the US since 1925
      • The autonomous car takeover
      • Ford’s billion-dollar self-driving car project
      • The far-reaching impact self-driving cars will have on cities and jobs
      • How close are we to living in this brave new driverless world?
  • Guest list

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      Hans-Werner Kaas

      Is a senior partner at McKinsey’s Automotive Practice in Detroit office. He’s been with McKinsey for more than 26 years serving automakers, their suppliers and technologists in the field. 

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      Bryan Salesky

      Is the CEO of Argo AI. He is the former director for hardware development with Google’s self-driving car division and project manager of at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute. 

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      Oliver Cameron

      Is the CEO of Voyage, building self-driving taxis. He’s the former VP of Engineering at Udacity.

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      Matt Anderson

      Is the curator of transportation at The Henry Ford.

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      Ashlee Vance

      Is the author of NYT best seller Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future. He’s also a writer for Businessweek and host of Hello World.

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