PIONEERS by Bridgestone EMIA

Bridgestone EMIA

Bridgestone EMIA’s PIONEERS explores how our business is evolving at a moment of unprecedented change in technology, consumer behaviour, and society. Through short, compelling conversations, we’ll share everything you need to know about how Bridgestone is shaping a sustainable future of mobility.

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Bridgestone World Solar Challenge: the world's toughest solar car race
Oct 11 2023
Bridgestone World Solar Challenge: the world's toughest solar car race
Take a look under the bonnet of hardest solar car challenge on the planet with those taking part in this spectacular race.Bridgestone Corporation is the title sponsor of the World Solar Challenge 2023, a competition for teams to design, build, and compete with solar-powered vehicles in the world’s foremost solar technology and advanced engineering challenge. The event taking place at the end of October takes contestants over 3,000 kilometres from Darwin to Adelaide – experiencing differing terrains and conditions across Australia.  Teams competing in the World Solar Challenge showcase their cutting-edge designs and engineering solutions. The competition serves as a platform to inspire future generations of engineers and promote sustainability and environmental awareness.Bridgestone has supported World Solar Challenge since 2013, demonstrating dedication to creating a more sustainable future, and commitment to supporting the development of new technologies that will help reduce carbon footprint.  For the competition, Bridgestone will equip the Durham University team in the UK with Bridgestone tyres that make use of pioneering ENLITEN technologies capable of enhancing the performance of their solar powered vehicle.In this episode, presenter Ginny Buckley speaks to Anith Sathananthan, Team Principal from the Durham University World Solar Challenge team and Tom Worsley from Bridgestone to find out more about the world’s toughest solar car challenge.
How data can lead a mobility revolution​
Mar 6 2023
How data can lead a mobility revolution​
In-vehicle data contains multitudes of information: advising on when the vehicle needs servicing, brakes checking, and tyres need changing. This data has an enormous impact on road safety – reducing the need for manual checks and keeping drivers safe, along with providing critical information to city and transport planners to use when developing infrastructure solutions. Data will play even more of a leading role in the future. Connected vehicles will be able to inform other drivers of accidents or issues along the route, so they can make a considered choice when planning how best to get to their destination, along with optimising routes to create a lower environmental impact, and much more. But how is that data kept secure and what confidence does the industry need to provide to vehicle owners? In this episode, our host Ginny Buckley of Electrifying.com is joined by Raghunath Banerjee, Vice President Data Solutions for Bridgestone Mobility Solutions to discuss in-vehicle data, it’s value, and how it can drive innovation. More about our guest Raghunath Banerjee (Vice President Data Solutions at Bridgestone Mobility Solutions )Raghunath leads a line of business dedicated to data driven solutions and fundamental new data innovations within the scope of new upcoming global mobility solutions. Data Solutions is forming the core of new digital driven business assets to support Bridgestone on its way of the digital transformation from the world leading tyre and rubber company to a Mobility Solution Provider. Prior to joining Bridgestone, he was the Global Data Strategy & Business Line Leader at ZF and responsible for defining data driven digital transformation strategy for cost & sustainability areas for Fleet management. Raghunath is a business leader with more than 20+ years of diversified experience at various levels in reputed global organisations. Data enthusiast, with profound knowledge on Logistics, Telematics / IoT, Mobility, Automotive domains and having hands-on experience on building connected vehicle data platforms for future Smart Cities. He holds an Executive MBA from Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and bachelor’s degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering.
What impact could a recession have on mobility and innovation?
Feb 6 2023
What impact could a recession have on mobility and innovation?
With parts of Europe predicted to be in recession in 2023, this episode of the Pioneers podcast will explore what happened the last time recession hit to the automotive industry and what we can learn to help navigate this one.  How will this impact on emerging forms of mobility and newcomers to the industry? Will some markets do better, and others fare worse? And will how a financial crisis impact the shift to electric cars?  Joining our host, Ginny Buckley (Founder and CEO of Electrifying.com) is: Simone Bocchi (Bridgestone EMIA’s Director of Strategic Partnerships)Franck Leveque (Bridgestone Mobility Solutions’ Vice President Strategic Partnerships and Incubation)Expect plenty of information about the impact of a recession on the mobility industry and learn what we can expect over the months ahead. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR GUESTSFranck Leveque, VP Strategic Planning & Incubation Bridgestone Mobility Solutions Franck Leveque is the VP of Strategic Planning & Incubation at Bridgestone Mobility Solutions (BMS), a Business Unit of Bridgestone which is focused on developing and providing data-driven solutions for a safe and sustainable future of mobility, including Europe’s trusted telematics solutions provider Webfleet. Franck has a broad background in Strategy Consulting with a passion for innovation & transformation (Technologies, Services, Business Models) in automotive & transportation. Before joining Bridgestone Mobility Solutions in 2021, Franck spent 20 years at Frost & Sullivan where he has been a founding member of the mobility practice (Automotive & Transportation). Franck holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours, Business & Management from Oxford. Simone Bocchi, Bridgestone EMIA’s Director of Strategic Partnerships  Simone Bocchi is Bridgestone EMIA’s Director of Strategic Partnerships where he leads a line of business focused on identifying and partnering with key players and newcomers in the mobility industry to work together developing cutting-edge solutions.  He’s spent six years at Bridgestone so far, working in roles in R&D, Operations, Strategic Planning before moving into his current position in Strategic Partnerships.  Previously, Simone spent a decade working in large corporates and management consultancies leading strategic, operational and organisational changes, managing international teams in Europe, North America and Asia.