Omnitracs Podcast

The Road Ahead Podcast – Episode 3

Societal Impact of Autonomous Technology

Societal Impact of Autonomous Technology

In this episode of the Road Ahead Podcast, host Ray Ghanbari, Chief Technology Officer at Omnitracs, continues his conversation with Mario Herger, technology trend researcher and futurist about autonomous vehicles. They discuss if we’ll ever get to the point when we won’t need a driver in the cab, and the impact of autonomous vehicles on a fleet’s customers, as well as a fleet’s infrastructure and operations.


  • [00.00] Intro
  • [00:48] Will we ever not need a driver in the cab?
  • [03:00] Recommendations for fleet owners
  • [04:30] What’s the impact on a fleet’s customers and its own infrastructure?
  • [07:00] Impact on delivery times
  • [08:30] Outro


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.

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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