In this episode of the Smart City Podcast, I interview the CEO of Car Next Door, Will Davies. Will starts with discussing how he started to follow his passion for reducing our carbon footprint, utilising our resources better and how that fits into the Smart City space. We take a bit of a deep dive into car sharing and public transport attitudes as well as equal access to mobility. He has an exciting idea about how every new human could make the world a better place. We talk a lot about what Car Next door actually does, and finish our conversation talking about impacts on infrastructure and costs of autonomous vehicles, public transport and car sharing. As always I hope you enjoyed listening to this episode as much as I enjoyed making it.

What we cover in this episode:

  • Will’s background in finance, and why he made the shift to reducing carbon emissions through a car sharing platform Car Next Door
  • What Car Next Door does and how it fits into smart cities
  • What a Smart City means to Zoe and Will
  • Technology and mindset change that makes new human beings a net positive for the planet
  • How Australia is embracing the Smart City concept and why we must focus on changing the mindset of citizens to implement steps towards overall change
  • The suboptimal positions we’ve got ourselves into because “that’s the way it’s always been done” thinking
  • The future of public transport
  • Ways Will had to integrate across different disciplines to get Car Next Door up and running
  • Possible ways the emerging trend of driverless cars could make the world better


“Car Next Door is a peer-to-peer car sharing platform. There’s 7 million cars in Australian cities. Most people’s cars, or the average car, sits around doing nothing for 95% of the time.”

“I think that Smart Cities need to be reducing their carbon emissions dramatically and car sharing is a very good way of doing that.”

“Making a place more liveable, and a happier place for people to live, is definitely a big part of [what a Smart City means to me]. Also just doing more with less. There is a huge amount of waste that we’re emitting everywhere, and we can be so much more efficient. Technology is a great way forward for us to do that.”

“Car-sharing is completely enabled by technology. It would be impossible to do what we’re doing without the internet and mobile technology and all those other building blocks that have come in place.”

“I’m very strongly of the view that in the next 3-5 years you will be able to get picked up by a driverless robo-taxi and taken where you want to go for very, very little money.”


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