The Overtake

The Overtake provides a glimpse into the fast paced and ever-changing automotive industry. Host John Bozzella of the Alliance for Automotive Innovation takes listeners inside the industry to hear the stories of politics, policy, and technology creating a cleaner, safer, and smarter automotive future.

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Connected Cars… Safer Cars

Season 2, Ep. 8

This episode of the Overtake dives into vehicle-to-everything… aka V2X… the game-changing safety technology that allows vehicles to communicate with other vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists and infrastructure. V2X let’s vehicles see around corners – in real time – to help prevent collisions before they happen. Haven’t heard of it? You’re not alone. HARMAN’s Senior Vice President of Connectivity Pascal Peguret breaks it down with John Bozzella and explains what he’s doing (and what government SHOULD be doing) to get V2X widely deployed on U.S. roads. Have a listen...

5G Mobility

Season 2, Ep. 7

As we become a more connected society, the concept of the “smart city” is becoming reality. In this episode, we look into all the ways 5G technology can help us create smarter vehicles and a safer transportation future with Ram Iyer, senior vice president of connectivity at HARMAN. This includes how the U.S. can successfully scale 5G technology, what a supportive regulatory environment for 5G looks like, and what we need to do to fully realize the benefits of 5G.

Supplying Critical Minerals

Season 2, Ep. 6

Critical minerals play a key role in manufacturing the electric vehicles Americans drive every day. On this episode, John Bozzella welcomes Abigail Wulf, Vice President of Critical Minerals Strategy at SAFE to kick off a new series exploring critical minerals, battery components, the battery supply chain, and the important role they play in the automotive industry. The two discuss the domestic supply chain for critical minerals, government policies designed to support onshoring, and the implications of ceding global leadership on critical mineral production.

The Future of Connected Cars

Season 2, Ep. 5

Did you know there is an automotive safety technology that enables cars to communicate with pedestrians, bicyclists, streetlights, and other infrastructure in real time? Vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology is a game-changer that has the potential to increase roadway safety and deliver automation, environmental, and traffic benefits. On this episode, host John Bozzella breaks down V2X with Paul Sakamoto, Senior Director of Software Engineering for HARMAN Savari StreetWAVE, a C-V2X roadside unit.

Attracting Innovation

Season 2, Ep. 4

Closing out our ongoing series on economic development, host John Bozzella talks with South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Harry Lightsey about efforts to attract new manufacturing investments to the state. This episode explores the role of policymakers in attracting new investments, incentives provided to manufacturers, expected economic and social benefits from new facilities, the state of the automotive supply chain, and transformations in automotive manufacturing.

Manufacturing the Future

Season 2, Ep. 3

As part of our ongoing series on economic development, guest Kristin Dziczek, an automotive policy advisor in the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's Economic Research Department, joins host John Bozzella to discuss the economics of the automotive industry. This episode explores transformation in the industry and how this effects public and private sector investment, supply chains, consumer demand, and global competition, as the U.S. competes with other international powers.

Manufacturing in Action

Season 2, Ep. 2

Continuing the multi-part series on economic development and the many ways the automotive industry shapes local communities and economies, this episode takes things more local – specifically to Huntsville, Alabama, where Mazda and Toyota opened a joint manufacturing facility that rolled its Job 1 off the production line last September. Host John Bozzella talks with Mark Brazeal, the Vice President of Administration at Mazda Toyota, about how these facilities move from concept to reality and the economic benefits they provide to the cities, regions, and states where they are located. 

Driving America’s Economy

Season 2, Ep. 1

Season 2 of The Overtake kicks off with a multi-part series exploring automotive manufacturing, including where manufacturing facilities are, where they are going, and what that means for the communities around them and beyond. For the first episode of the series, Carla Bailo, President and CEO of the Center for Automotive Research, joins host John Bozzella to discuss insightful research and analysis focusing on the North American automotive industry.

Driving Safely With AVs

Season 1, Ep. 10

There are key questions that have emerged around the benefits of automated vehicles and how to bring them to market at scale, including efforts to increase public trust in AVs, how we measure and define “driving safely” in AVs, and the process of getting these vehicles on the road. Host John Bozzella discusses "driving safely in AVs" with Jack Weast, an Intel Fellow, the Chief Technology Officer for Intel’s Corporate Strategy Office, and the Vice President of Automated Vehicle Standards at Intel’s AV subsidiary, Mobileye. In this role, Jack leads a global team working on AV safety technology and the safety related standards needed for wide-scale AV adoption.

The Marketplace

Season 1, Ep. 9

It's no secret the pandemic has completely upended the new and used vehicle markets and the global production of vehicles. Supply chain shortages of components like chips have brought vehicle inventory to record lows at a time when consumer demand is at an all-time high. As this situation evolves, further understanding how it continues to impact the auto industry and the transition to a cleaner, safer, and smarter transportation future, is more important than ever. In this episode, Tyson Jominy, the Vice President of Data and Analytics at J.D. Power, talks about the state of the automotive marketplace—where we are, how we got here, and what the future holds for the industry and consumers.

Marketing Our Transportation Future

Season 1, Ep. 8

Cars have been marketed to consumers virtually as long as there have been cars for consumers to purchase. Over the years, vehicle marketing and advertising has evolved as the industry and consumer wants and needs have changed. Today, the automotive industry is undergoing a tremendous revolution in transforming personal mobility for a cleaner, safer, and smarter transportation future. Developing these technologies and bringing them to market is just one piece of the puzzle; consumers will determine the ultimate success of this transition. With this in mind, understanding consumers and how best to communicate with them about the new vehicles being manufactured today is a more important task than ever. To discuss this enormous task, host John Bozzella is joined by Allyson Witherspoon, the vice president and chief marketing officer of Nissan USA.

The New Map

Season 1, Ep. 7

In early November, Auto Innovators held its Autos2050 Transforming Mobility Summit, which brought together some of the leading innovators, policy leaders, and forward thinkers driving the future of personal mobility. One of the guests at the Summit was Mr. Daniel Yergin, the Vice Chairman of global information company IHS Markit. In this episode, you’ll hear Daniel and host John Bozzella's discussion from the Summit about transitions and transformations impacting the automotive industry. 

Electric Optimism

Season 1, Ep. 6

To the casual observer, it may seem that the rapid development and adoption of electric vehicles may have happened overnight. In reality, this transformation has taken many years to unfold, not to mention many twists and turns. In this episode, host John Bozzella talks with Professor John Graham of the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University about how we have arrived at this point. Dr. Graham explains the various influences that have played a role and will continue to play a role in the proliferation of EVs.

Eye For Design

Season 1, Ep. 5

Every aspect of a vehicle is designed to serve a purpose, be it to improve performance and safety or to spark an emotion. As the technologies used in and to design vehicles change, so do the cars and trucks that result from the design process. In this episode, to provide a glimpse into the world of automotive design, host John Bozzella is joined by Kevin Hunter, the president of Toyota Motor Corporation’s North American design studio, Calty Design Research. 

American Manufacturing

Season 1, Ep. 4

Automotive manufacturing has an important role in everyday lives – from providing jobs to providing means to get to jobs. Today, 14 manufacturers operate 50 assembly plants across 14 states. In this episode, host John Bozzella and Stuart Countess, Chief Operating Officer at Kia Georgia, discuss the logistics behind auto manufacturing, and how technological innovations are spurring change in not only how vehicles are made, but also in the over 200,000 people who make them.

Automated World

Season 1, Ep. 3

Throughout history, automakers have released new car models year-over-year, always with the newest bells and whistles of their time. In this episode, host John Bozzella and Vice President of Government Affairs at Cruise, Rob Grant, explore one of the most discussed – and often misunderstood – new technologies in the automotive industry: automated vehicles.

Arsenal of Public Health

Season 1, Ep. 2

COVID-19 is still happening to the automotive industry. In this episode, host John Bozzella, National Automobile Dealers Association President and CEO Mike Stanton and General Motor's Vice President of External Affairs Liz Reicherts discuss the impact the pandemic has had on the auto industry and the industry’s pivot to producing personal protective equipment and other lifesaving measures.

The Future

Season 1, Ep. 1

The automotive industry has always been on the forefront of technological change. Over the decades, cars and trucks have evolved alongside the technology of the day, from hand cranks to electronic starters and internal combustion engines to electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cells. In this episode, host John Bozzella discusses the future of the industry with Ford's Chief Futurist Sheryl Connelly.