Episode 93 - Test Tracks of Reality: Applied Intuition and the Simulated Road, Warehouse and Port

What if you could test hundreds of thousands of traffic and road scenarios before your autonomous vehicles ever even touched asphalt? Imagine billions of miles and an untold number of road events encountered in the virtual world before your car or truck even left the factory floor.  

Talk about a head start when it comes to safety and efficiency.

Using a comprehensive suite of products created from the best practices in software development, the minds at Applied Intuition work with clients to design virtual test environments that simulate everything the road can throw at them. They are creating a world where software-enabled vehicles are an integral part of society across all industries where there are vehicles – roads, yes, but also factories and ports as well.

In this episode of SAE Tomorrow Today, Qasar Younis, Co-Founder and CEO, and Peter Ludwig, Co-Founder and CTO of Applied Intuition, discussed how they’re combining Detroit engineering know-how with Silicon Valley digital ingenuity to design differentiated solutions for customers such as VW, GM and Toyota, enabling game-changing AV development with speed and scale.

Meet Our Guests


Co-Founder and CTO, Applied Intuition

Peter Ludwig is the Co-Founder and CTO of Applied Intuition. Prior to founding Applied Intuition, Ludwig led software engineering work for Android Automotive at Google. Ludwig has bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science from the University of Michigan.

Co-Founder and CEO, Applied Intuition

Qasar Younis is the Co-Founder and CEO of Applied Intuition. Before founding Applied Intuition, Younis was a Partner and COO of Y Combinator, a prominent venture accelerator in Silicon Valley. Prior to Y Combinator, Younis founded a technology firm, which was later acquired by Google, and worked as an automotive engineer at General Motors and Bosch. Younis has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Kettering University (formerly known as General Motors Institute) and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Our Host


Innovation Strategist & Co-Founder, Brulte & Company

Grayson Brulte is an autonomous mobility advisor and consultant who provides strategic counsel and political insights to help clients navigate what’s next.

As an SAE strategic partner since 2017, Grayson brings his in-depth industry knowledge to host SAE Tomorrow Today. His unique perspective factors in economics, politics and technology into one-of-kind weekly conversations with innovators changing mobility and its impact on society.

Grayson is a thought-leader who regularly provides insights to publications including Bloomberg, Reuters, The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Hollywood Reporter and Forbes. His written opinions and insights have been featured by organizations including the Consumer Technology Association in presentations to the Federal Trade Commission.

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