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Episode Info: EP006 - Chief Technology Officer at Designated Driver, Walter Sullivan http://www.vehicle2.getspiffy.com Episode 6 is an interview with Walter Sullivan, Chief Technology Officer at Designated Driver; recorded on April 2nd, 2019. Walter and Scot discuss a variety of topics, including: Walter’s career path from Microsoft to Designated Driver, which launched last October. What Designated Driver offers to the autonomous vehicle space, as well as Walter’s thoughts on the implementation of AVs. How the transition to 5G will positively impact companies and startups moving forward. Realistic expectations for the current shift in car ownership, with reports showing up to 80% of new cars sold in 2030 being owned by fleets or shared services. Regulatory hurdles for Designated Driver, as well as autonomous vehicles at large. Defining the future tipping point for electric vehicles to outperform internal combustion engines. Be sure to follow Walter on LinkedIn!  If you enjoyed this episode, please write us a review on iTunes! The four pillars of Vehicle 2.0 are electrification, connectivity, autonomy, and changing ownership models. In the Vehicle 2.0 Podcast, we will look at the future of the auto industry through guest expert interviews, deep dives into specific topics, news coverage, and hot takes with instant analysis on what the latest breaking news means for today and in time to come. This episode was produced and sound engineered by Jackson Balling, and hosted by Scot Wingo.   Transcript:   Scot: [00:52] Welcome to the vehicle 2.0 Podcast! This is episode 6 and it's being recorded. Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019. Welcome back, Vehicle 2.0 listeners. I am a serial entrepreneur and my first company, which I started way back in 1995, worked really closely with Microsoft. That was called stingray software. And I worked real closely with the Visual C++ team and that is where I met today's guest, Walter Sullivan. So doing the math on that, it's over 20 years. And then my career took me to eCommerce and Walter's took him to the automotive world. And now I am in the automotive world. Walter is now the CTO of Designated Driver and I really look forward to hearing more about what he's done since we last talked to probably 15 years ago. And I'm excited to have him on the Vehicle 2.0 Podcast! Walter: [01:49] Awesome. Thanks Scot. You're making me feel old. Scot: [01:52] Well, I didn't say we met when we were 12. Walter: [01:55] That's true. Okay, good. Good point. Scot: [01:56] So, I know your career path and I had a couple of highlights in there, but I'm sure there's a lot more on the journey. Tell listeners about your career path and how you ended up where you are today. Walter: [02:11] Yeah. Great. Yeah, so I, as you mentioned, I started my career at Microsoft. I spent really 25 years there in different capacities. Started up building development tools, which was where I was lucky enough to be able to work with you and a number of other really interesting peop...
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