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An Introduction to Autonomous Vehicle Technology

In this first episode of the Road Ahead podcast, host Ray Ghanbari, Chief Technology Officer at Omnitracs, speaks with Mario Herger, technology trend researcher and futurist, about autonomous vehicles. They discuss what autonomous vehicles are, if they are safe and what is the potential impact to individual fleet owners, the economy and the environment.



  • [00:59] Autonomous vehicles and important terms to know
  • [02:57] Are autonomous vehicles safe?
  • [06:02] The potential impact to individual fleet owners, economy & environment
  • [10:30] What to expect in the next episode


Ray Ghanbari

Ray Ghanbari - CTO, Omnitracs

Ray Ghanbari is the Chief Technology Officer at Omnitracs, LCC. Most recently, Ray was CTO at SmartDrive, which was acquired by Omnitracs in October 2020. Prior to that, he was VP, Product Development for FICO and the CTO and EVP of Product Development for PatientSafe Solutions, EVP of Strategy and Products for Vital Images, CTO at Ingenix and CTO for the Performance Marketing division of Yahoo! Ray earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. In addition, he earned a Master of Science degree in physics from Cambridge University in England and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Illinois-Urbana.

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Mario Herger

Mario Herger is a researcher and futurist who consults with the world’s leading companies on topics such as innovation, artificial intelligence, intrapreneurship, and emerging technology trends and how they impact society, politics, and employment. Mario helps companies apply innovative and entrepreneurial spirit into their organizations to be more innovative and to discover trends and tipping points earlier and influence them. He regularly gives keynote addresses, leads workshops, and author books about these topics. Previously, he worked at SAP as a development manager and strategist.

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