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USA: Connect Series: Vehicles of the Future at Silicon Valley Bank’s Kellogg Auditorium

Vehicles of the Future

Thursday, March 14th, 2013
SVB Harry Kellogg Auditorium,
3005 Tasman Drive, Santa Clara, CA


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Some of the most innovative companies, from early stage start-ups in the Silicon Valley to the largest automakers around the globe, are developing technologies and businesses that will revolutionize not only the automotive industry but human transportation in general. Over the past decade alone, we have seen unprecedented advancements in energy sources, storage and advanced materials being rapidly deployed in fuel efficient and low emissions vehicles. Futuristic and complex systems of sensors, robotics and communication networks that can dramatically enhance safety and even enable cars to be “self-driven” are in early stages of deployment. Beyond fuel savings and safety, cars are no longer merely a means of getting to a destination. Just as we are connected to our home, work phone, friends and friends through a complex maze of networks, the vehicle is emerging as the next spoke on the network. Developments in software and location based apps and sensors will transform the vehicle into the new “device” for connected services to link the consumer, dealer and manufacturer. Join us to learn more about the vehicles of the future and connect with executives from both innovative start-ups as well as established car companies.


Current overview of the transportation landscape, future technology roadmap and infrastructure challenges
Direction of the OEMs that will create the market, or evolved it significantly to represent new solutions, designs and capabilities
The most promising start-ups and emerging technologies that will lead the technology path for the vehicles of the future
Convergence of advances in information technology, communications, batteries, lightweight materials, smart grid technologies and electric vehicles
Strategies being deployed by automakers and OEMs to sustain success in China, which has become the world’s biggest market for new cars
Hot issues surrounding “automated driving”: technology, market, and legality
The role of government and regulators – how are the rules encouraging or discouraging innovations and resultant behavioral changes

Conference Co-Chairs

Gordon Ho, Partner, Cooley LLP
Alan Chang, Partner and Managing Director, Capricorn Investment Group

Board Advisor

Charlene Yu Vaughn, CEO, The Algonquin Group

Agenda: March 14th, 2013

8:00 – 8:30 Registration and Light Breakfast
8:30 – 8:40 Welcome Remarks by AAMA President
8:40 – 8:50 Overview of Programming by Co-Chairs
8:50 – 9:15 Opening Speaker: Overview of Current Transportation Landscape
9:15 –10:15 Panel 1: The Move to Electrification and Beyond – Where are Automakers Spreading their Bets?

Mark Platshon, Partner, Birchmere Ventures, Venture Partner, Castrol Innoventures, Senior Advisor, BMWiVentures

Alexander (Alex) Keros, Executive, Advanced Vehicle and Infrastructure Policy, General Motors
Nick Sugimoto, Senior Program Director, Honda Silicon Valley Lab
John Suh, Managing Director, Hyundai Ventures

10:15– 10:30 Break

10:30 – 11:30 Fireside Chat: Executive Spotlight

11:30 – 12:30 Panel 2: “Connected Car” – In-Vehicle Technologies Driving the Future


Sven A. Beiker, PhD, Executive Director, Center for Automotive Research at Stanford – CARS


Micha A. Benoliel, Co-Founder & CEO, Open Garden Inc.
Gerd Goette, Managing Director, Siemens Venture Capital
Zia Yusuf, President & CEO, Streetline Inc.
Thilo Koslowski, Vice President, Gartner Group

12:30 Closing Remarks


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