Categories
Alain Kornhauser Automated Mobility Automated Mobility History ViodiTV

A Great American Mobility Success Story – Part 1

It could be said that one of the godfathers of the automated mobility revolution is a professor from Princeton who many know from his podcast, the SmartDrivingCar. Each week, Dr. Alain Kornhauser provides his wisdom and wit to make a serious topic engaging and fun. It is his decades of experience that differentiates Alain from […]

Categories
Alain Kornhauser ViodiTV

From Space to Personal Rapid Transit – Part 2 of a Conversation with Dr. Kornhauser

For those old enough to view it on television, the July 20th, 1969 landing of Apollo 11 on the moon is a “once in a lifetime moment.” Relatively few people were at the actual launch, but, as we learn in the above interview, Dr. Alain Kornhauser was able to share the moment with his parents […]

Categories
Alain Kornhauser Automated Mobility History

Saving a Railroad – Changing His Trajectory – Part 3 of a Conversation with Dr. Kornhauser

It started with a phone call at the end of the 1975 Spring semester. Representative James J. Florio’s office was looking for expert help to evaluate a reorganization plan for the bankrupt railroads in the Northeast Corridor. In many ways, the eyes of the entire country were on this potential legislation and it involved the […]

Categories
Alain Kornhauser Automated Mobility History

The Challenges of Selling at Retail and Competing with Behemoths – Part 4 of a Conversation with Alain Kornhauser

By relying on internally generated cash-flow and never receiving outside investment, Dr. Alain Kornhauser explains how he was able to keep a firewall between his interests in ALK Technologies and his teaching at Princeton. From humble beginnings in 1979, ALK grew to approximately 200 people and in January 2013, it was sold to Trimble Navigation. […]

Categories
Alain Kornhauser Automated Mobility History

Seizing a New Opportunity and CoPilot – Part 5 of a Conversation with Dr. Alain Kornhauser

It is clear from Dr. Alain Kornhauser’s actions that he lives by the late Everett Christensen’s postulate about learning from, but not living in the past. An example of that is how he and his company, ALK Technologies, created a new market after a behemoth-crushing experience in the retail space. The sliced bread, as Kornhauser […]

Categories
Alain Kornhauser Automated Mobility History ViodiTV

Following His Students on the DARPA Challenge Journey – Part 6

Is the teacher really the student? One has to ask that question after listening to Dr. Alain Kornhauser describe his initial skepticism about his students’ desire to compete in the 2005 DARPA challenge.  It wasn’t long before the students had convinced this Princeton Professor to be the advisor in their efforts. One outcome of that […]

%d bloggers like this: