If you’re curious about autonomous vehicles and on-demand services, you won’t want to miss this episode. I’m speak with a former Uber Head of Strategy in the Advanced Technology division, so suffice it to say that today’s guest has plenty of experience in this relatively new industry!
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- Today I’m talking with Justin Ho, the CEO and Co-Founder of RideOS, a next gen platform marketplace and mapping service
- Will be talking about RideOS and his thoughts on autonomous vehicles
- Don’t forget to check out one of my favorite podcasts, the Smarter Cars podcast!
Intro to Justin Ho
- CEO and Co-Founder of RideOS
- RideOS can be used by ridesharing companies, OEMs and governments to operate fleets of on-demand, self-driving vehicles
- Formerly head of strategy at Uber’s Advanced Technology division where he co-led the ideation strategy and execution of self-driving car and mapping business units
- Favorite mode of transit? Rideshare!
Building Products Isn’t Easy!
- Mapping one of the biggest challenges when Justin joined Uber in 2014
- Still a big challenge – teams of people working to make mapping just right
- Everything is dynamic – always moving and fairly complex
- Moved into the self-driving division for Uber
Self-Driving Car Technology
- Started with a question: what is the fundamental problem of ridesharing?
- What’s the global problem with rideshare?
- Began self-driving vehicle efforts
- Goal is still to make self-driving cars a reality – need good software and good teams
- Wants to build tools to become a global leading cloud platform for location dispatch and routing services
- Create safe and efficient transport for all
- Focusing on self-driving cars, it may take a while for society to feel the impact of these technologies
- A lot of factors in this timeline, including manufacturing and technology
Distinct from Competitors
- Built this with flexibility in mind
- Based-routing engine
- Also focusing on efficiency and utilization
- Currently working with Ford, other companies that are focused on self-driving vehicles and infrastructure
- Big thanks to Justin for coming on the episode! Really cool to meet with folks who are working on different types of products out there
- Interesting thing to me – working at a company like Uber, identifying trends and then starting your own company