Connected car technology leader to keynote 2017 Washington Auto Show

Connected car technology leader to keynote 2017 Washington Auto Show

Dinesh Paliwal, chairman, president and CEO of HARMAN, the global connected car technology leader, will deliver the annual industry keynote address at the 2017 Washington Auto Showês Public Policy and Media Day, Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Sponsored by Washington Automotive Press Association (WAPA) and International Motor Press Association (IMPA), the newsmaker breakfast and keynote will launch a full day of press conferences and special events ending with a Sneak Peek Preview Reception for government, industry and business officials.

–There is perhaps no greater innovation shaping our industry than connected vehicle technology and no better insider to address this new frontier than Dinesh Paliwal,” said Geoff Pohanka, chairman of the 2017 Washington Auto Show.

Since taking the reins of HARMAN nearly 10 years ago, Paliwal has transformed the company into a premier connected technologies pace setter that is enabling the connected car and autonomous driving worldwide. With the announcement last month that Samsung intends to acquire HARMAN, the company is poised to accelerate its growth and influence in automotive to bring even more powerful, productive and personalized in-vehicle experiences to automakers and their drivers around the world.

–Connected vehicle technologies are revolutionizing and democratizing transportation for safer, smarter, more responsible and more accessible driving,” Paliwal says. –To realize the incredible potential of connected cars and autonomous driving, we must continue to forge innovative global partnerships that engage everyone from automakers and Internet of Things players to government and educational institutions,” he said. –We are at an incredibly exciting point of development and disruption in automotive, and I am grateful to the Washington Auto Show for connecting all of the key stakeholders and encouraging greater collaborations to help realize this next frontier in transportation.”

Before joining HARMAN, Paliwal spent 22 years with ABB Group, where he last held the dual role of president of ABB Group, responsible for the companyês global P&L, and chairman and CEO of ABB – North America, where he reversed 18 years of losses to attain profitable growth.

In addition to the HARMAN board, Paliwal serves on the board of directors for Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and the Raytheon Company. He is a member of the CEO Business Roundtable in Washington, DC, the U.S. India Business CEO Forum, and the U.S. India Business Council (USIBC) board of directors.

The 2017 Washington Auto Show Policy Days begin Tuesday, Jan. 24, with MobilityTalks InternationalSM, a two-day preview event designed for governments from around the world to exchange ideas on best practices related to emerging trends in transportation and regulatory issues surrounding connected and autonomous vehicles. Geared toward officials in industry, government and media, this inaugural symposium will feature breakout sessions on such topics as human-machine interface technology, spectrum sharing and cybersecurity along with a Wednesday Capitol Hill forum on regulation and an Interactive Mobility Experience with the U.S. Dept. of Transportation at the RFK Stadium. For a complete schedule, click here.

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