DETROIT (Aug. 25, 2016) — Automotive News, a sister publication of Tire Business, has launched a podcast series dubbed “Futurismo” that takes a look at the future of the auto industry.
The series will explore topics such as car-sharing, ride-sharing and autonomous cars as it peers into the next 25 years of auto-related business.
Shiraz Ahmed, Automotive News producer and interactive reporter, noted that Futurismo combines “the trademark insight of Automotive News with the fun, free-flowing narrative format of audio journalism.” Each season will be built around a new topic, offering insight into the ways in which the industry is adapting to the latest technological, ecological and sociological trends.
This season the podcast series will explore the ways in which mobility services will affect the industry.
“Ford is going to be mass-producing vehicles with full autonomy in five years,” CEO Mark Fields said recently at an event in Silicon Valley, at the heart of the auto-tech boom. He announced plans to introduce an autonomous vehicle by 2021 for use in a ride-hailing or ride-sharing service.
“There's going to be no steering wheel, there's not going to be a gas pedal, there's not going to be a brake pedal and of course a driver is not going to be required,” Mr. Fields said.
In episode three of Futurismo, the Automotive News podcast crew took a test drive in a Ford shuttle van optimized for mobility trends. They talked with experts about the gold rush to pick up mobility startups, while exploring how companies and car makers can collaborate in car-sharing.
Episode 3 of “Futurismo” is available here.
More information about subscribing to the podcast series also is available here.