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Episode Info: EP008 - ICRS Recap and Industry News Episode 8 is a news-focused episode, recorded on April 25th, 2019. We start off with a recap of last week’s International Car Rental Show (ICRS) from Karl Murphy, President and Co-Founder at Spiffy. After talking with Karl, Scot dives into a variety of recent news items, including: Smartcar, who we featured in Episode 3, has accused Otonomo for allegedly stealing from their API documentation. Recent study shows that consumers are ready to make payments via connected car dashboard. Getaround expands outside of US with acquistion of European counterpart Drivy. Ford invests $500 million in EV pickup truck maker Rivian. China is pushing EVs to make up 20% of total auto market by 2025, while the US is expected to hit 7%. Tesla reveals hardware chip for their Full Self-Driving initiative. Uber S-1 discloses $457 million in R&D costs for autonomous vehicles, flying cars, and other “technology programs”. 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: [00:51] Welcome to the Vehicle 2.0 Podcast. This is Episode 8 and it's being recorded Thursday, April 25th, 2019. Welcome back Vehicle 2.0 listeners this week on the show. We are going to take a break from all the guests we've had on. We've really enjoyed and learned a ton in the last arc of gassed. And we're going to cover some news here in the automobile industry related to Vehicle 2.0 in last week's episode seven, we had Chris Brown from Bob Business Media and he is the editor of auto rental news where they think a lot about the changing ownership models out there. And if you recall, he curates the international car rental show, also known as ICRS. First, uh, to kick off this news episode, we have the co-founder of spiffy our very own Karl Murphy and he's gonna give us a trip report, a fresh off the heels of his trip to Las Vegas last week to the show. Welcome to the show, Karl. Karl: [01:52] Thanks Scot. Scot: [01:53] So you were in Vegas last week at the trade show. It's our first time ever going to this trade show. We were a, uh, we were an exhibitor, um, and uh, you know what? Uh, so it was a great show for spiffy and enjoyed a really exhibiting there. Uh, but that's not what we want to talk about today. What are, I know you were able to peel away and see a bunch of the content. Um, what were some of the trends and topics going on at the show? Karl: [02:16] Sure. So it's, uh, an interesting show. It had a mix of both l...
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