MobilityTalks bring speakers from around the world

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 brought a full day of panels and breakout sessions for MobilityTalks International at the Washington Auto Show. Participants praised the event as one of the only places in the world where those interested in AVs could hear about the policy aspect. This year marks the third year of MobilityTalks, and audience members agreed that the Washington Auto Show is a leader in creating a forum to have these discussions.


The morning session featured speakers from several nations: China, Germany, Japan, South Korea, the U.A.E., the U.K., and from the U.S., Associate Administrator Nat Beuse of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


A lunchtime session included three speakers: Sen. John Thune (R-SD), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee; Derrick Kan, undersecretary of transportation for policy; and Michael Ramlet, cofounder and CEO of Morning Consult.


The afternoon had four very well-attended breakout sessions: AV innovation and public safety in the states; data security and privacy in the age of AVs; how AV business models will move us around, and AVs and the future of engine technology.


A post-conference reception in the ballroom, sponsored by MEMA, provided excellent opportunities for networking. Those who came could stroll among exotic vehicles on display.

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