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Maik Zeigler: Advancing Commercial EV Trucks



The federal government, companies, vitality corporations … everybody must be concerned in the case of the way forward for emission-free driving.

Peggy and Maik Zeigler, vp of business automobiles of the R&D Technique Group of Hyundai, discuss concerning the Hyundai Neptune, an idea truck that goals to scale back emissions by utilizing hydrogen gasoline cells. They focus on the variations in design to the common truck and what’s going to should be accomplished within the U.S. to introduce different vitality automobiles. 

Beneath is an excerpt from the interview. To listen to all the interview on The Peggy Smedley Present, log onto, and choose 10/29/19 from the archives.

Peggy Smedley:
I’ve discovered some actually thrilling issues about what Hyundai is doing and I’m fairly excited to speak with you about them. However I’m going to begin out by asking you to present a short clarification. What’s the Hyundai Neptune idea?

Maik Zeigler:
The Hyundai Neptune idea is a truck and it’s a truck which doesn’t use diesel. Emission-free driving may be accomplished both with expectorant electrical automobiles, or with gasoline cell electrical automobiles. The Neptune is a gasoline cell electrical truck with a particular new design, I might name it a world design.

I’ve by no means actually coated an entire lot of vehicles. Now, I’m beginning to get into protecting vehicles, however I’ve coated autonomous automobiles. However what’s thrilling about this automobile is its hydrogen solely idea that you just’ve bought popping out right here. That’s what you’re speaking about. Speak just a little bit about what Hyundai needs to do as a result of what I like what Hyundai’s doing right here is that it’s speaking a couple of idea right here and attempting to get new companions and startups right here within the states. I believe that’s the place I get excited, since you are considering outdoors the field and are doing issues otherwise than different corporations. Speak to me about that.

So, really we have already got hydrogen gasoline cell automobiles already on the highway. Passenger automobiles are working the gasoline cells. We have now additionally vehicles and buses working the gasoline cells. However that is in Europe and Asia particularly. So, the explanation why we’re right here now on the present and displaying an idea truck is as a result of we wish to get some suggestions if this truck design can also be acceptable right here on this area. So it has the so-called standard truck.

So, a traditional truck has this huge nostril and a giant engine hood, and our idea truck that we’ve right here doesn’t have this engine hood anymore. It seems to be extra like, I don’t wish to say a European model, however someplace in between. Then it’s important to know if there’s buyer acceptance for such a brand new design.

It jogs my memory of the outdated look and a brand new look. It’s very edgy, it’s actually inventive.

Yeah. It’s a great purpose that it seems to be like a truck, or like a practice as a result of an unique practice was an instance for this design. The bullet practice is essentially the most aerodynamic form you’ll find. If you happen to look from the aspect, it even may very well be like an airplane wing. In order that they have essentially the most aerodynamic form that you could get onto a truck.

So whenever you guys had been developing with this idea, and also you had been considering of bringing it right here to the states, what do you hope to realize? Are you hoping to coach folks simply usually on what you’re attempting to realize? Are you hoping to essentially get folks to know the long-term technique that you could change the best way…. We have now to consider sustainability. We have now to consider inexperienced. However we’ve to suppose otherwise. Is that what you’re saying? “Look, we are able to do issues completely completely different.” You’re doing it already and that’s the secure factor to consider issues otherwise?

Effectively, I might say it’s much less about training. I imply, that’s the position of the lecturers and the roles of the educator of the kids—concerning the necessity of the CO2 discount, concerning the necessity to do one thing in opposition to world warming. So, our principal intention in being right here is definitely to speak to a potential buyer, to vitality suppliers, and to fuel corporations to arrange a consulting affiliation to get to a enterprise place to make this kind of know-how actually a worthwhile enterprise case. As a result of what we don’t wish to do is rather like a clear washing try. Simply displaying one prototype and telling we’re inexperienced. This isn’t being inexperienced. Being inexperienced is absolutely altering the enterprise, altering with a whole lot and hundreds of merchandise, which aren’t polluting the setting anymore.

So do you suppose that we’re capable of obtain this, or do you suppose that is going to take the federal government and it’s going to take companies? Who’s going to essentially have the ability to make this occur? As a result of it looks as if this can be a lot of effort to push this ahead.

All people must be concerned. Particularly Europe. So, in Europe, you have got sturdy rules, that are favoring this sort of know-how. So, the primary 1,600 vehicles we’re making use of in the course of Europe. They’ve actually a freeway price tax for as much as $1 per kilometer pushed. With an eco-friendly automobile like our vehicles, you’ll be able to omit this freeway taxes, which is definitely $80,000 a 12 months.

Now, this enterprise case would possibly look completely different right here. We don’t have this excessive freeway tax like in Europe. However possibly there may be the possibility of decrease vitality prices to supply hydrogen. We have now the larger gamers right here. We have now enormous fleets right here which even have a enterprise case as a result of there’s so many automobiles. They’ve a enterprise case of build up their very own mutual inflation. That’s our principal intention. Calling to the purchasers, it additionally falls to drivers if their license comes up, calling to all companions to get into this inexperienced know-how.

So, realistically how lengthy’s it going to take make this occur? As a result of nothing occurs in a single day. It’s going to take a while.

Sure. So, in different international locations, we’re already doing it. It’s a really, very quick change. A lot of our pals and opponents additionally introduced that they’re utterly altering over to electrified automobiles. So it’s beginning proper now.

Now for those who ask me a couple of timeline within the U.S., that’s precisely why we’re right here. That’s what we’ve to determine. What are the authorized rules, what are authorities developments, what are vitality prices, and so forth. So, there’s a number of pyramid, which we’ve to bear in mind to determine when is the fitting time to begin with what sort of know-how on this area.

What are you speaking about will occur within the subsequent 5 to 10 years with placing every little thing collectively; autonomous every little thing we’ve been speaking about right this moment?

Effectively, it relies upon. Additionally, we don’t know what the laws’s going to be like. There’s extra long-term issues from the laws. Extra urgent is, from the know-how perspective, how briskly are they going to get a worthwhile enterprise. As a result of, within the states, it’s all about cash. And I imply this in a constructive sense. If we discover a enterprise case which makes this fashion of working cheaper than diesel and there are probabilities to do that. Then the change will come pretty fast.

Let me add yet one more factor on the long-term gasoline. If the federal government figures out that they can’t function all of the vitality consuming operations with the oil, in the event that they go to renewable sources, then they need to discover a method tips on how to retailer vitality. As a result of wind and photo voltaic is just not always produced. It’s not produced when you really want it. So, then it’s important to retailer vitality. The one strategy to retailer vitality is by way of hydrogen. So international locations like Japan and Korea, they’re altering over now to this hydrogen society and beginning to construct up the infrastructure to retailer hydrogen, which then can be utilized very simply in our automobiles.

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A New Venture with Serial Entrepreneur, Uri Haramati



On this episode of the How To CEO podcast, I had an opportunity to meet up with Uri Haramati. Uri is a seasoned product supervisor with over a decade of enterprise information and expertise in various capacities. Here’s a new enterprise with a serial entrepreneur.

A serial entrepreneur, Uri based Life on Air – the corporate behind Meerkat and Houseparty. He has been engaged on a brand new enterprise: Torii. Torii’s mission is to assist fashionable IT drive their enterprise ahead by making the very best use of SaaS.

The Significance of a Nice Group

Uri has been the co-founder of a number of corporations, that means he’s already skilled the pains and challenges of the founder’s journey. So I requested him what impressed him to grow to be a founder/CEO but once more.

“Sure, I’ve seen the pains and the rollercoaster,” Uri advised me.  “However then I had an thought: There ought to be software program to handle all SaaS software program, and I simply needed to make it occur and construct it. He advised me he was blessed with two extremely proficient co-founders who helped him construct Torii. Their assist has taken sufficient of the load off Uri to fill the obligations of CEO.

Put together for “Rooster and Egg” Rejections

I requested Uri about the kind of persona somebody must grow to be a terrific CEO. He advised me that you’ll want to have thick pores and skin. The journey is stuffed with surprises and stuffed with rejection. The rejection can stem from folks you rent, from prospects, from traders, and different locations.

Thick pores and skin is required for “hen and egg” issues which can be all the time current within the startup life. For instance, “why would a primary buyer be a part of you when you don’t have any different prospects?”, Uri defined. “Why would a primary worker be a part of you when you don’t have anything? Why would anybody make investments when nobody has invested in your organization earlier than?”

Founders face such points on daily basis as they’re attempting to construct and develop. So it’s essential to be passionate to your product and for fixing issues and dilemmas.

A Entire New Class

I requested Uri how precisely he’s fixing the issue of managing a number of SaaS instruments. To provide me some background, he advised me that this subject is a brand new class, and his product solves a ache level that corporations didn’t expertise only a few years in the past. So it’s a problem for Uri and his staff as a result of he has to do a terrific job of training the market.

Uri and his staff constructed Torii to routinely map all SaaS apps that an organization is utilizing. It helps you to see precisely which SaaS apps are getting used inside your organization, tells you who’s utilizing these apps, and allows you to observe spending for all of the apps. Then, customers can reap the benefits of Torii’s layer of insights, motion gadgets, and automatic workflows.

Typically, Wants Outweigh “Sexiness”

I requested Uri about his motivation for selecting SaaS device administration as his present enterprise. In spite of everything, this subject isn’t “attractive,” particularly in comparison with the joy of his final corporations, Meerkat and Houseparty.

He advised me it’s very true that this isn’t an thrilling subject, and it’s even an space that’s not nicely understood by everybody but. However he noticed that SaaS administration is an actual drawback that many corporations face, and his resolution is critical though it’s not full of pleasure and hype.

Uri talked to me about many different issues, together with the explanations he moved to New York moderately than Silicone Valley, the journey of his funding success, CEOs who encourage him, and extra. You should definitely hearken to your entire episode to catch all of Uri’s perception.

Murray Newlands

Murray Newlands is an entrepreneur, investor, enterprise advisor and speaker. He’s the founding father of the Learn how to CEO podcast and you’ll learn his weblog at

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FCC proposes splitting 5.9GHz spectrum for vehicle comms and WiFi



FCC chairman Ajit Pai is backing a proposal that may see valuable spectrum allotted for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications break up and in addition used for WiFi.

The 5.9GHz spectrum was allotted for Devoted Quick-Vary Communications (DSRC) approach again in 1999 however it’s been largely ignored by automakers.

“DSRC … was supposed to allow ubiquitous transportation and vehicle-related communications, however outcomes have not matched that intent,” Pai stated throughout an occasion in Washington.

“Right here we’re, twenty years later, and the state of affairs can at finest be described as ‘promise unfulfilled.'”

Splitting the spectrum implies that extra units can begin utilizing 5.9GHz for WiFi identical to how the two.4GHz and 5GHz are used immediately, lowering congestion in these bands.

The choice will assist extra folks virtually instantly given the quickly proliferating variety of wi-fi units sharing the identical frequencies however may delay the rollout of vehicles with V2V applied sciences.

Below the proposal, the higher 20 MHz (5.905-5.925 GHz) of the band will stay authorised for Mobile-Automobile-to-All the pieces (C-V2X) applied sciences whereas the decrease 45 megahertz (5.85-5.895 GHz) shall be obtainable for unlicensed operations resembling WiFi.

Pai stated the proposed unlicensed allocation is ideally positioned to assist meet rising WiFi calls for due to its proximity to the 5.725-5.850GHz band that’s already allotted for such use.

Nevertheless, the US Division of Transportation has criticised the FCC’s proposal and believes the complete 75MHz of spectrum within the 5.9GHz band is required for car security communications.

A spokesperson for the Division of Transportation stated:

“The Division of Transportation has clearly said in testimony and correspondence that the 75 MHz allotted within the 5.9 GHz, what we name the ‘Security Band,’ have to be preserved for transportation security functions.

The Division’s multimodal steering doc, Getting ready for the Way forward for Transportation: Automated Autos 3.0 (AV 3.0) clearly foresees the necessity for safeguarding this spectrum allocation to allow the way forward for protected, extremely automated floor transportation.

This continues to be the Division’s place on the 5.9 GHz band. We stay up for working with the FCC, the Nationwide Telecommunications and Info Administration (NTIA), and over 30 Federal associate companies to deploy options that allow breakthrough security on America’s roadways.”

The preliminary vote on whether or not to just accept the proposal and take it to the following regulatory step is scheduled for December 12th.

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Microsoft: Zero Sum – Connected World



For this weblog I wish to speak in regards to the race to the cloud. The truth is, I’m going to deal with Microsoft Azure IoT (Web of Issues) particularly as a result of I spent a whole lot of time interviewing Sam George, vice chairman of Azure IoT at Microsoft. What a really good man. He’s not solely good, however he’s somebody who can speak intelligently about what Microsoft is doing, how it’s competing within the cloud area as a result of he’s been by the IoT transition as an organization and now the corporate is taking a aggressive stance within the cloud arms race.

However first I’ve to let you know all a bit of joke I opened up The Peggy Smedley Present on Tuesday. Each morning I speak with my 94-year-old mother-in-law. She all the time asks how my day goes to be. She is aware of on Tuesday’s I’m going to host my present. I additionally talked about that I used to be going to interview a really partaking govt from Microsoft who was going to speak in regards to the cloud and the way we’re connecting all our gadgets to it. So, she stated, “Is that this the explanation we don’t have any solar today is that everybody is placing all the pieces within the cloud?” She simply could be proper with all this local weather change.

After we consider cloud leaders Microsoft is indisputably on the high of record. So this week I had a whole lot of questions and I spent 45 minutes asking George all the pieces I may consider and extra. He proved to be one of the spectacular company. However I suppose with a 20-year and counting profession at Microsoft that ought to come as no shock. The truth is, what I discovered most intriguing for readers is that he has truly gone by the IoT transition as an organization and admits it wasn’t a simple one.

As he stated on my present, “There was matches and begins alongside the way in which, however in the end we prevailed.” I’ve written that the IoT will not be with out its problem greater than as soon as. The truth is, the IoT is about individuals, course of, and know-how. It takes time. The individuals concerned should begin small with a small mission and get a win below your belt. Construct that understanding and confidence. George reaffirmed this level by his personal expertise.

He defined that Microsoft gathered a whole lot of its personal classes realized and understanding for implement the IoT, years in the past when the corporate went from operating its personal central IT on premise to now being all cloud powered.

He overtly admitted the journey is an eye-opener for the manufacturing group and so they found reconfigure merchandise so simple as laptops and residential gadgets. Most individuals wouldn’t suppose that an organization that’s as huge as Microsoft must expertise the hurdles of being disconnected to being basically linked, and eventually realizing absolutely maximize all some great benefits of what the IoT, cloud, AI (synthetic intelligence), and these applied sciences have to supply. However it did.

One of the simplest ways for any producer, retailer, transportation, good constructing, building agency, or no matter, can study is to acknowledge that even the behemoths should journey the tough roads earlier than they will notice the advantages similar to the remainder of the world. George stated, Microsoft is a really humble place.

One of many key factors he famous was that below the management of Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella, the corporate adopted some nice practices. First, having a progress mindset, being very humble, and partnering.

These three factors actually do lend themselves nicely to as we speak’s digital transformation and being disruptive in an ever-changing world.

George notes that it’s a “zero sum sport with a winner take all market.” And the objective for Microsoft is to be No. 1 leaving Google and Amazon within the mud. Microsoft is dedicated to growing deep partnerships, and a wealthy eco-system that can assist these clients and companions rework as nicely.

In April 2018, Microsoft introduced it could spend the following 4 years investing $5 billion within the Web of Issues. What’s now the clever edge is really coming to life for the Seattle-based firm and its objective to remodel each enterprise, in each business with linked options. Right now the corporate has greater than 100 new providers and options in its IoT platform. I suppose you would say its dwelling as much as its phrase. In as we speak’s day and age isn’t that good to see and listen to?

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