Smart Cities

Smart Cities are hot! The US DoT just concluded it's Smart Cities Challenge, where seven finalist cities were being considered. The DoT will spend $40 million, topped up by $10 million from Vulcan Ventures, and $90 million in funding directly from the city. The DoT noted that all finalist cities are likely to move forward on their own, so a push can also be expected in San Francisco, Denver, Austin, Pittsburgh, Kansas City MO, and Portland.

So what are the innovations we can expect to see develop?

  • New mobility concepts
  • Ride sharing, car sharing, ownership models
  • Public transit innovation
  • Smart infrastructure for traffic management
  • Autonomous transport, dedicated corridors for autonomy
  • Increased electrification
  • V2V communication
  • Big data and analytics
  • Last mile solutions

Our AC meeting will mimic the focus areas of the DoT Challenge, but we'll talk about it also from the perspective of the existing automotive industry, and Silicon Valley-type technology vendors. It's going to take a lot of partnerships and mutually beneficial inventions to make the smart city a success. Join 100+ Autotech Council members, OEMs, vendors, startups and VCs at our Smart Cities meeting to meet others working towards these goals.

Call For Speakers and Rapid Fires
We encourage young companies with new technologies, products, or services that are important to the auto industry to Apply to Present using the online application form. If you are not selected for this agenda, your application will be considered for future agendas. No preference is given for companies in a specific segment, but we do prefer ideas and technologies with substance, traction, and industry support. Priority is given to Autotech Council members and sponsors and companies recommended by those members and sponsors.

Demo Tables Available
Demo tables are available during registration to any company with a product or service in this market segment who would like to show their technology during the morning and lunch breaks. These are a great way to get everyone in the room an in-person introduction to what you are doing in this market segment. Tables are 30" tall round cocktail tables, include black table linen, power, and Wi-Fi when available.

Interested in Sponsoring?
Want your technology to reach innovation scouts from 50 of the most cutting edge companies in the Automotive ecosystem? Companies interested in sponsoring this meeting should check out the meeting details and click ahead to learn more about the benefits of sponsorship.


  • When

  • Thursday, November 10, 2016
    8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Where

  • Elektrobit @ Club Auto Sport
    521 Charcot Avenue
    San Jose, CA 95131

About the Autotech Council

Visionary companies in the auto industry use the Autotech Council to discover innovation, build partnerships, exchange insight, and grow their professional networks. The result is earlier discovery of new innovation, better understanding of technology's potential impact and timing, access to more entrepreneurs and investors, and in the big picture - getting better cars to market faster.

Autotech Council members meet monthly to hear from start ups and educate themselves on new technologies and market trends. For more details, visit

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