KEYNOTE SPEECHES & LEADERSHIP TALKS
Keynote: Scott Keogh, President & CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
With the automotive industry set to embark on its biggest transformation ever and the American market gearing up for change, there is no greater market opportunity than electrification, says Scott Keogh, President and CEO Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. Volkswagen has the product, the scale, and the strategy to usher in an electric future. The EV market is only just starting to take shape. However, to ensure a strong market has a real chance to emerge, government and industry must work together – to benefit all consumers and all workers, and ultimately, to lead America’s EV revolution.
Leadership Talk: Dr. Gill Pratt, Chief Scientist, Toyota Motor Corporation, CEO, Toyota Research Institute
How do we create the path to carbon neutrality by 2050 — and avoiding the worst impacts of climate change? As the Chief Scientist, Dr. Gill Pratt guides research strategy for the Toyota Motor Corporation. He also serves as the CEO of Toyota Research Institute, where he directs research to advance robotics, energy and materials, machine learning, and human-centered artificial intelligence. Dr. Pratt discusses how reaching carbon neutrality by 2050 and avoiding the worst impacts of climate change will require a range of electrified solutions and technological advancements. By focusing on diversity and our “carbon return on investment,” we can maximize the utilization of every EV battery cell produced and more quickly reduce our carbon emissions.
Fireside Chat: Secretary Jennifer Granholm, U.S. Department of Energy
How will government and companies come together to meet EV aspirations? How will all stakeholders work together to tackle the challenges of the scarcity of resources and supply chain disruptions? Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm sits down with John Bozzella to discuss the Administration’s role in meeting the goal of 40-50 percent sales of EVs by 2030, global competitiveness among the U.S. and other auto-building countries, uncertainty in the global economy and more.
Fireside Chat: Tyson Jominy, Vice President, Data & Analytics, Power Information Network, J.D. Power
What are the most important market trends for the future of the auto industry? How is the industry navigating the supply chain disruptions and related inventory constraints? Tyson Jominy joins John Bozzella for a conversation on the current market environment and provides his take on the latest sales data.
TIP Talk: Austin Russell, Founder & CEO, Luminar
Austin Russell is the Founder and CEO of Luminar Technologies (NASDAQ: LAZR), the global leader in automotive LiDAR hardware and software technology. Under Austin’s leadership, Luminar has developed the first LiDAR and software technology capable of powering the production of autonomous vehicles, has amassed over 50 commercial partners including the majority of the world’s largest automakers, and went public on the NASDAQ in December 2020. Mr. Russell discusses how our industry can work together to unlock the next generation of vehicle safety in the near-term by enhancing safety systems on consumer vehicles through the use of technology like Luminar's own Proactive Safety™ to provide the vehicles with higher-confidence detection and enable proactive collision avoidance at much higher speeds.
TIP Talk: Bryan Salesky, Founder & CEO, Argo AI
Bryan is passionate about incorporating promising robotics technology into products and systems that will improve safety and productivity while enhancing people’s lives. While at Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC), Bryan managed a portfolio of the center’s largest commercial programs, including autonomous mining trucks for Caterpillar. In 2007, Bryan led software engineering for Tartan Racing, Carnegie Mellon’s winning entry in the DARPA Urban Challenge. Bryan departed NREC and joined the Google self-driving car team in 2011 to continue the push toward making self-driving cars a reality. While at Google, Bryan was responsible for the development and manufacture of their hardware portfolio, which included self-driving sensors, computers and several vehicle development programs. He is the co-host of the No Parking Podcast, a show dedicated to demystifying and building trust in self-driving cars. Bryan graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering in 2002.
Panel: Safety: Never Satisfied
Will innovation or regulation guide the future of safety? Industry leaders discuss current advanced technologies, driver monitoring systems, and innovations in new vehicle safety. Moderator Jane Terry of the National Safety Council guides panelists in a discussion on the future of safety.
Panel: Facilitating the Future: Getting AVs to the Roads
What is the policy landscape AVs need to succeed? Former regulators and industry leaders help us understand where we go from here. Axios Transportation Correspondent Joann Muller guides a conversation on existing pilots, deployments, and perspectives that are defining the future today.