The Topics Defining the Auto Industry..

Automakers are making some big bets on the future: data, services, mobility, automation… tapping into innovation like never before as the race to define the auto landscape for the decades to come intensifies.

Auto Tech R&D Summit 2017 (formerly Telematics West Coast) is the key forum for West Coast connected car and auto tech execs; bringing together over 200 experts to network and identify the crucial partnerships and the R&D innovations that will unlock the auto business models of tomorrow.”

The New Event Formats - It’s More than Just a Conference

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    The Conference: The thought leaders shaping the future of the auto tech space take to stage to deliver their insights through keynote presentations and panel discussions.
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    The Start-Up Pitches: Hear the most disruptive ideas through two focused pitching competitions dedicated to both early stage and market ready start-ups.
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    The Unconference: break from the traditional conference structure into to a more informal format which emphasizes the exchange of ideas and collaboration through focused group work and networking
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    Concept to Product - A Roll-Out Roadmap for Auto Tech

    Moving from concept to reality can be tricky business. Delve into the most effective ways of developing and scaling tech into product rollouts embraced by HQ.

    • The treasure hunters - hear from the experts who know how to spot the innovative ideas which have real market potential - Understand how they ‘spread their chips’ to mitigate risk
    • From theory to the boardroom - Speak the ‘boardroom’ language to effectively communicate the value of new tech., products and services
    • From concept to reality - Tackle the issues of scalability by discussing the journey involved in turning a disruptive idea to a promising pilot to a mass product rollout
    Ulrich Quay, Managing Partner, BMW I Ventures
    Sebastien Henot, Business Innovator, Renault Innovation Silicon Valley
    George Burgess, Venture Partner, InMotion Ventures
    Disrupt or Be Disrupted - Auto Tech Investment Super Panel

    The automotive start-up scene, symbolized by the Silicon Valley, is booming. But how can you spot the unicorn that will disrupt the space beyond recognition?

    • Bridge the gap between the different lifecycles of auto (slow) & start-up (fast) to invest/incubate effectively and capitalize on the next biggest disruptive tech
    • Incorporate start-ups into your growth strategy by distinguishing which innovative concepts you want to integrate and which tech. resources can fill a gap in your current product suite 
    • OEMs and their partners are taking start-up gambles - identify the investment trends to decipher the: Who, what, why?
    Sobhan Khani, Director Mobility, Plug & Play (Moderator)
    Paul Asel, Managing Partner, Nokia Growth Partners
    Panel of Auto Tech Investors TBA
    5G - The Enabler for a New Era of Connected Services

    As more and more vehicles become connected and we move towards higher levels of automation, can the current connectivity infrastructure cope?  Is 5G going to meet the bandwidth needs?

    • Explore the impact that 5G V2X will have on traffic efficiency, making commuting safer and less time-consuming through identifying alternative routes, parking and reducing congestion
    • Don’t be side-lined. Collaborate with governing bodies to put auto at the heart of 5G development and standards
    • Discover the applications of vehicle-to X Roadmap through the different deployment phases from ‘awareness’ to ‘sensing’ to ‘cooperative’ to ‘synchronized cooperative driving’
    Shane Rooney, Executive Director - IoT & Auto, GSMA
    Through the Fog - Cloud vs the Edge

    With the huge computational power required for autonomous vehicles, the importance of cloud processing is growing exponentially, but it’s not as simple as cloud only. Make sense of what needs to be done on-board vs off-board.

    • Debate which connected services need to be hosted through the cloud and which need to be kept in the car to effectively roadmap your next connected car service strategy
    • Find the balance between the assets of advanced-edge computing (i.e. sensor data, critical local processing) and the need to connect back to advanced data analytics on the cloud
    • Discuss how the demand for connectivity, location based services and value added services moved the community away from a ‘battle of devices’ towards a ‘battle of ecosystems’ 
    Hakan Kostepen, Executive Director - Product Planning Strategy & Innovation, Panasonic
    Automotive Systems Company of America - Silicon Valley Center
    Hit the Data Jackpot - Maximise Cross Industry Monetization Opportunities

    Connected cars are generating tons of data which can be used to understand how the vehicle is being used. But how can data be used to generate real revenues for the entire ecosystem?

    • Get to grips with how OEMs can monetize connected car data (i.e. location, audio, driving behaviour) by breaking through industry silos (i.e. media, insurance, emergency response)
    • Reduce R&D material and customers costs by optimising the product field data and analysing service usage to deliver better tailored services at a lower cost   
    • Monetize data opportunities enhanced by the autonomous car; from payments enabled by localisation/routing to content streaming and infotainment
    Greg Basich, Senior Analyst, Strategy Analytics
    Raising the IQ of Cities with V2X

    Cities are getting smarter but are still a long way from reaching their full potential. Here we discuss how to leverage connected city infrastructure to deliver smarter and sustainable urban areas

    • Improve inner city traffic (i.e. optimized road infrastructure, recognition of emergency vehicles/special privileges) and safety (improved hazard recognition) through V2X systems
    • Making sense of the X: Get top grips with the four tenets V2X communications defined in 3GPP; V2V, V2I, V2N and V2P. Who has the responsibility of managing the X?
    • Delve into the infrastructure that requires connectivity (i.e. road signs, parking meters, street lights) in order to reduces the miles covered by vehicles 
    Vishwas Shankar, Research Manager, Frost & Sullivan (Moderator)
    Ryan Snyder, Principal, Transpogroup
    Raising the IQ of Vehicles with V2X

    The advancements of autonomous cars is accentuating the need for robust, low latency wireless communications.

    • DSRC Vs LTE Vs 5G: Debate the benefits of V2X spectrums such as channel coding, synchronization, retransmission, waveform, resource selection and multiplexing 
    • Evaluate the security concerns from moving away from communications based on DSRC (gauged as the most mature) to cellular LTE based V2X system
    • Discuss how we can manage the Petabytes of data that the AV will generate (i.e. computational partitioning) to create effective data management strategies
    Gaurav Bansal, Principal Researcher, Toyota InfoTechnology Center
    Mapping the High-Def Way to the Autonomous Future

    Get the outlook on HD mapping as the key to unlocking the autonomous automotive future.

    • Explore the different attributes of HD mapping such as highly detailed (i.e. 3D lane Geometry)  to deliver decimetre-level accuracy
    • Understand the real time interaction between the on-board map and cloud based mapping services  through the transmission of sensor data and GPS traces
    • Leverage pre-existing ADAS hardware (i.e. sensors, LIDAR, camera) by crowdsourcing data to generate HD maps. Create a network effect and drive autonomous tech. development
    Speaker TBC
    Augmented Reality Applications for Automotive

    Augmented and virtual reality have known a huge boom on the consumer tech. market. What are the notable implementations of AR in automotive?

    • Grapple with the implementation of AR for navigation. Reduce driver distraction by eliminating the cognitive transition between reading the GPS screen and the road
    • Discuss the form factor pros and cons of AR devices in the vehicle, from headset to windscreen embedded to HUD projection tech.
    • Understand the possibilities of utilising AR in the manufacturing and maintenance of vehicles in order to gain time and reduce costs
    Yohan Baillot, CEO, ARCortex
    Artificial Intelligence: Powering New Mobility Models

    Mobility as a service (MaaS) has grandly benefited from the global adoption of smart phones and the changing consumer perception of transport. Now is the time to take it to the next level through AI.

    • Time for digital seamlessness. Host an intelligent mobility platform and integrate consumers intermodal mobility patterns to enable instant routing decision making by leveraging AI
    • Integrate contextual data (i.e. accidents, weather, events, traffic) to optimise vehicle distribution across the mobility service network
    • Develop business models for shared autonomous mobility by piloting specific use cases (i.e. campus, airport transit)
    Tom Wang, Chief Product Officer, Turo
    Blockchain Breaks Into Auto Tech

    Blockchain is creating significant waves across the financial services sector, but it will not stop there. See how it will impact and disrupt the automotive space too.

    • Explore diverse use cases of blockchain in automotive, incl. supply chain (i.e. inbound logistics), manufacturer finance (i.e. supply chain) and brand experience (i.e. personal mobility profiles)
    • Increase the transparency of information in your business network to reduce partner disputes, reduce cost in financial resourcing and reduce messaging complexity
    • Best Partners Forever. Improve collaboration with your partners through a shared ledger which is replicated, distributed and accessible to all permissioned parties
    Speaker TBC
    Sustainably Fuelling the Next Generation of Electric Vehicles with Hydrogen Fuel Cells

    Battery electric vehicles (BEV) have embodied the drive of the automotive industry to move to more sustainable models. Assess how hydrogen fuel cells can provide a sustainable alternative.

    • BEVs Vs HEVs: discuss the benefits of both forms of technology to establish which is the most cost effective and sustainable
    • Tackle the challenge of deployment of hydrogen fuelling stations to enable nationwide scalability of the infrastructure. Who does the responsibility lie with?
    • Explore the improved range of hydrogen powered vehicles compared to traditional Ion battery powered EVs. With charging time as fast as 3 minutes, where is the catch?
    Ronn Ford, CEO, Ronn Motor Group
    Mainstreaming Electric Vehicles - What are the Barriers?

    Identify the emerging tech and social trends that are going to have the largest effect on electric vehicle innovation and adoption.

    • Explore the emergence of affordable batteries which decrease cost of adoption whilst increasing the range EVs. Drive consumer sales through cheaper and more efficient vehicles
    • Tackle advances in charging tech. such as faster and wireless stations. Discuss new infrastructure use cases (i.e. charging highway lanes & supercharging)
    • Continue to grow public awareness through dedicated programs which tackle the battery life uncertainty, range anxiety and high price purchase to change perception around EV tech.
    Mike Harrigan, Senior Programme Manager, Prospect Silicon Valley
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    Plug & Play Presents: Early Phase Start-Up Pitching Competition

    Plug and Play connects start-ups to cooperation and invests in new companies every year. This year they bring us a selection of early phase start-ups for a pitching competition

    • Hear from hand-picked start-ups
    • Each has 7 minutes to spike your curiosity!
    • Start-ups will be available for questions and live demos during the breaks
    Sobhan Khani, Director Mobility, Plug & Play
    Autotech Council Presents: Market Ready Start-Up Pitching Competition

    As the connected car space matures, OEMs have begun working with the Autotech Council to spot the most automotive start-ups. This year they gather the cutting edge market ready start-ups for a pitching competition 

    • Hear from hand-picked start-ups
    • Each has 7 minutes to spike your curiosity!
    • Start-ups will be available for questions and live demos during the breaks
    Liz Kerton, Executive Director, Autotech Council
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    What is an unconference?

    We break from the traditional conference structure into to a more informal format which emphasizes the exchange of ideas and collaboration through focused group work and networking.
    Industry experts will lead the participant-driven discussion to create an environment for free flowing exchange around a selected group of common challenges shaping the auto tech R&D community.  

    How OEMs can own the Content Ecosystem:

    As the fully autonomous vehicle (level 5) approaches, automakers need to capitalize on the content which will be made available in the vehicle. Discuss the media and entertainment content opportunities in the car and how automakers can keep the control of them.

    Scott Burnell, Global Lead, Bus. Dev. & Partner Management, Ford
    Understanding the Needs of your Ecosystem:

    Through this interactive session, you will set up an ecosystem blueprint to better comprehend the interactions with your partners. Understand how to make faster, more confident and highly collaborative decisions to enable partner-centric digital services.

    Paul Wilson, Chief Marketing Officer, TM Forum
    Cybersecurity - From Code to Cloud

    Securing the automobile is fundamental to the whole R&D community. Debate how to build security into every aspect of product development from code to cloud. Discuss standards, threat risk management, approaches and security framework.

    More breakouts to be announced
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If you are interested in Auto Tech R&D Summit 2017 please contact me on the below details:

Thomas Wilson

Thomas Wilson

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+44 (0) 207 55 19842 (Global)

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