Expanded MobilityTalks set to debut at Washington Auto Show

Expanded MobilityTalks set to debut at Washington Auto Show

The 2017 Washington Auto Show is set to debut a two-day forum of MobilityTalks InternationalSM providing an opportunity for public policymakers at the international, national and state level to explore this important topic in depth. Representatives from governments around the world will exchange ideas on best practices related to the emerging trends in transportation surrounding connected and autonomous vehicles. The changing landscape of transportation presents lawmakers and regulators with unique challenges and opportunities that can be more effectively addressed through partnership and collaboration.

2017 MobilityTalks International will go for two full days, being sponsored by the Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), Enterprise car rentals, The Hill and Starship Technologies.

1. Day One, MobilityTalks Tue., Jan. 24, 2017 will feature a full day of panel discussions on a wide variety of topics. Hereês a rundown:

8:30 to 11:45 a.m. – Overview of the mobility environment.

Welcoming speaker: R. Ryan Posten, U.S. Department of Transportation.

Q&A Moderator: Mike Spector, Wall Street Journal.

Speakers: Sen. Gary Peters, U.S. Senate; Ian Yarnold, UK Department of

Transport; John Bozzella, Global Automakers; Jean Shiomoto, California DMV; France A. Cordova, National Science Foundation; Brian Kenner, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, Washington, DC, and Yukihiro Ezaka, Japanese Department of Transport.

11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Toward a better mobility.

The lunch session will feature short, engaging presentations by groundbreaking tech startups from across the widening mobility landscape.

Moderators: Gary Shapiro, Consumer Technology Association; Warren Brown, Washington Post.

Speakers: Doug Patton, DENSO; Sascha Simon, Driversiti; Dan Galves, Mobileye; David Zipper, 1776; Rob Grant, Lyft.

2:00 to 3:00 p.m. breakout sessions, to include the following:


The security of autos and consumers is a top priority in the auto industry. Advanced computing and connectivity are critical components of vehicle safety systems and can have many societal benefits. Todayês consumer expects to be connected at all times, though continuous connectivity is not without risk. To prepare for an increasingly interconnected future, automakers are anticipating and acting to address the complexities and challenges that the future may bring.

Speakers: Matthew J. Eggers, US Chamber of Commerce; Scott Algeier, IT-ISAC;Alex Manning, Arent Fox; Jen Ellis, Rapid7, and Chris King, Rockwell Automation.

Legal liability and insurance

As the growth of autonomous and connected vehicle technologies continues to outpace regulation, critical questions central to the proliferation of self-driving cars are being asked. Who is responsible in an accident? How will insurance companies survive? Can the number of accidents truly be decreased to near zero? Legal experts from across the government and industry will converge to discuss these questions and more.

Speakers: Brad Miller, NADA; Adam Thierer, George Mason University; Jackie Glassman, King & Spalding.

Digital Cities

As cars and infrastructure become more connected, the landscape of the city is changing. The Digital Cities panel will explore the role of policy in enabling innovative mobility in urban environments. The discussion will cover the economic, safety, environmental and health effects of new transportation technologies.

Speakers: Rob Puentes, Eno Center for Transportation; Henry Harris-Burland, Starship Technologies; Dominie Garcia, Booz Allen Hamilton; Emeka Moneme, Federal City Council, and Jon McBride, Bridj.

3:15 to 4:15 p.m. breakout sessions, to include the following:

Standards cooperation

As manufacturers and suppliers look toward the connected and autonomous future, one looming question remains: What will the regulators do? Success or failure for many companies and the ease of adoption by the public may depend on whether or not governments in the U.S. and abroad adopt a single, unified standard for mobility components and use, or if each state and nationality adopts its own, creating a national and international patchwork.

Speakers: Jack Pokrzywa, SAE: John Maddox, American Center for Mobility; Ian Yarnold, UK Department of Transport, and Bernard Soriano, California DMV.

Human-machine interface.

As some manufacturers and developers work on producing vehicles with no pedals or steering, others see this plan as foolhardy for bypassing several other important steps in the evolution of self-driving technology. Who is right? How should connected and autonomous cars be structured, and are we even conceiving of the technologies in the right way? This session will explore these topics with leading experts in the field.

Moderator: Michelle Krebs Autotrader.

Speakers: Dr. Anuj Pradhan, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI); Dr. Chandra Bhat, University of Texas at Austin; Dr. Stefan Heck, NAuto, and Henry Bzeih, KIA Connected & Mobility Division.

Delivering Connectivity to Transportation

High-tech communications networks are essential to the transportation ecosystem as advanced technologies that deliver services and features to enhance the consumer experience, reduce traffic congestion, improve safety and generate data-driven revenue are being deployed. This panel will explore what next generation network technologies and connectivity are needed to unleash the full potential of intelligent transportation, and what smart spectrum policies are needed to advance these innovations. Speakers will also discuss how to ensure weêre taking full advantage of connectivity in the vehicle; what 5G vs DSRC means to ITS, and how increased connectivity and the demands on data affect the network, as more vehicles and infrastructure become connected.

Speakers: David Heard, Telecommunications Industry Association; Mary Brown, Cisco Systems, Inc., and Paul Schomburg, Panasonic Corporation of North America.

2. Day two, MobilityTalks, Wed., Jan. 25, moves to Capitol Hill for a symposium. –It Depends on What the Regulators Do” is the topic. Taking place in the Russell Senate Office Building, the event includes registration and lunch at 11:15 a.m. and a panel discussion at 12 noon.

Moderator: Joe White, Transportation editor, Reuters.

Panelists: Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) ; John Maddox, American Center for Mobility; Gary Shapiro, Consumer Technology Association, and Ian Yarnold, UK Department of Transport.

An Interactive Mobility Experience will be offered in partnership with U.S. DOT from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Jan. 24 and Jan. 25, in the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium.

For more information and updates, visit http://www.washingtonautoshow.com/mobilitytalks/.

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