Moving beyond. The Siemens Mobility Podcast

Podcast about rail, road and intermodal
Moving beyond

The Siemens Mobility podcast

As a society we need safe, reliable, sustainable and seamless transport solutions. But how are we going to meet these challenges, particularly with demand set to grow substantially over the next decades? And how do we make sure that people will feel safe again using public transportation amidst the Covid-19 pandemic?

Podcast Trailer

In a nutshell: Our host Prof. Sally Eaves introduces our brand-new podcast series.

Episode 2 – Rethinking mobility solutions 

The urbanization of the world’s population is happening faster than ever before; by 2050, the number of people living in cities will have grown by 2.5 billion people across the globe. Growing urban centers need smarter and more efficient transportation systems, but how do mobility providers meet this challenge in a sustainable way, when the fight against climate change is at such a critical stage? And how can authorities, technology, infrastructure and vehicle companies work together to create an intelligent mobility system, where a single ticket could cover all forms of transportation from A to Z?    

In the second episode of “Moving beyond”, host Sally Eaves is joined by BMW Group’s Vice President Sustainability and Mobility, Dr. Thomas Becker, and Michael Peter, Siemens Mobility’s Chief Executive Officer, to discuss the challenges of transforming mobility into a truly sustainable and fully seamless service.


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Intro and podcast description and welcome to Michael Peter (from 00:00)


Welcome to Dr. Thomas Brecker (from 00:32)


More about Dr. Thomas Becker background (from 01:34)

Background of Michael Peter (from 02:16)


Impact of Covid 19 on public transport: Michael Peters point of view (from 03:24)


How transport is part of the problem but can also become part of the solution according to Dr. Thomas Becker (from 05:50)


Michael Peters opinion on transportation options, sustainability and city centers (from 10:20)


Personal health and safety on public transport, bringing different tech together and data security of transport users: Dr. Thomas Becker point of view (from 13:16)


The role of hydrogen in BMW’s future (from 15:09)


Can hydrogen or battery-powered locomotives be a better alternative to electrification of railways according to Michael Peter (from 17:06)


Dr. Thomas Becker’s opinion about differences on the Asian approach to hydrogen (from 19:29)


Michael Peter explains why hydrogen could be a great alternative for non-electrified routes (from 22:01)


The potential of sustainability in the design process and how this can affect the evolution of new business models: according to Dr. Thomas Becker (from 22:58) and Michael Peter (from 25:32)


Sustainable supply chains- answering the influencer question from Antonio Santos (from 27:11)


How Michael Peter sees mobility as a service as a key factor for the future of sustainable mobility (from 30:28)


Whether the breakthrough moment for mobility as a service is still yet to come, Michael Peters point of view (from 32:23)


Dr. Thomas Becker shows the importance is connectivity for everything he’s doing at BMW (from 33:28)


Michael Peter’s opinion if traditional suppliers are equipped to integrate different players into one platform versus new entrants such as specialized companies or start-ups. (from 35:33)


What needs to be done from a BMW perspective in order to realize the opportunity of mobility as a service according to Dr. Thomas Becker (from 36:55)


Final question: Which city in the world and why would they like to live if they imagined a perfect mobility concept. Dr. Thomas Becker (from 37:42) and Michael Peter (from 37:56) are answering.


Thank you and goodbye (from 38:28)

Episode 1 - Innovations for future mobility

In this opening episode, our host Sally Eaves assesses how vital innovation is to the future of mobility, as she speaks to Google’s Chief Innovation Evangelist, Dr. Frederik G. Pferdt, and Michael Peter, Siemens Mobility’s Chief Executive Officer.

It’s 200 years since railway technology changed society and sparked the Industrial Revolution, in the ultimate transportation innovation. Now, as the Covid-19 pandemic forces us all to rethink how we live, work and travel, our guests reflect on how new rail-based innovations can once again drive social transformation, making mobility safer and more sustainable, while also meeting the challenge of climate change head on. They also reveal the secrets of an innovator’s mindset and how to encourage creative thinking, even when people are negatively biased towards change.


Listen to it on:

Spotify, Apple PodcastAmazon Music, Google PodcastAcast

Intro and podcast description (from 00:00) 


Welcome to Michael Peter and Frederik G. Pferdt (from 00:37) 


Whether Frederik G. Pferdt thinks that Silicon Valley is still the breeding ground where the most exciting innovation is thriving (from 01:04) 


Whether Michael Peter believes rail-based systems can trigger another social transformation once through innovation (from 02:18) 


What impressed them most in transportation innovation and what should have been introduced a long time ago (from 04:17) 


Whether Michael thinks the locally emission-free railroad is a sustainable means of transport (from 06:07) 


Why Frederik believes innovations have a particularly hard time at the beginning (from 07:06)  


What thoughts Michael has on the railway industry as an example for the immunity to innovation (from 10:06) 


How innovation should really be defined (from 12:46) 


How Google created an innovation environment encouraging creative thinking, and how organizations can create something similar (from 14:36) 


How you can learn from failure as a team (from 18:21) 


What the learning culture at Siemens Mobility looks like and how managers support creative thinking and innovation (from 21:35) 


Why creativity can be learned as well as unlearned and how to support each other in the team (from 23:15) 


Why the impacts of the pandemic taught us a lot for the future (from 27:51) 


Why the 80-20 rule still applies at Google (from 33:51)  


How employees feel connected and engaged in a hybrid workplace model 

(from 36:02) 


If Michael and Frederik had one wish: What innovations would they like to see? (from 39:13) 


Thank you and goodbye (from 41:02)