To Drive or not to Drive?


  • Friday, April 8, 2016
    8:30 AM 
    Breakfast, Networking and Demos
    Be sure to stop by and check out the latest technology from the following companies:

    • Sandisk
    • Elektrobit
    • TriLumina Corp
    • Argus Insights
    • VisualThreat
    • Thine Electronics
    • Multicoreware Inc
    • MapD
    • Tieto
    • ExoNav
    • Eyeris
    • Panasonic
    9:00 AM 
    Opening Remarks & Analyst Overview
    Gary Silberg, US Automotive Sector Leader at KPMG
    Introducing The Clockspeed Dilemma
    Innovation in the automotive industry will transform the very nature of transportation and change people’s lives along the way. This degree of paradigm shift is historically very difficult and most organizations do not embrace imaginative solutions to problems. In fact, they stifle them. However, the auto industry doesn’t have time to ignore its true innovators. It must solve the clockspeed dilemma today!
    9:20 AM 
    Panel: Who Builds the Autonomous Car?

    The autonomous car is one of the hottest topics inside the industry, and outside of it too. That’s because many Silicon Valley companies have pushed the issue so hard that it has entered the public consciousness. Silicon Valley companies have none of the reticence and risk-aversion of the cold-rolled steel guys. They see AI and autonomy as vulnerable entry points into the transportation industry, and are forging ahead full-throttle. Whether Google with their endless betas, or Tesla with their Level 2 commercialized cars, but even Uber, Apple, and startups like Zoox. All of these names are new to the auto industry, but writing the future.

    But hold on: The OEMs have a wealth of autonomous driving technologies in their development programs, but have historically been cautious about pushing them to market "too quickly". Safety and caution are in their DNA. There are risks of lawsuits, and there are strategic concerns that faster acceptance of autonomous cars also means accelerating the shift towards a sharing economy and TaaS – or fewer car sales.

    Does that mean that new companies will be the builders of the autonomous car, or will the incumbent OEMs take their many projects out of the labs, and put them in the showroom, too? Sometimes, the future is an evolution of the present, but other times, the industry is so disrupted legacy players struggle to adapt. It's unclear what type of situation transportation fits into – a giant leap or baby steps.

    So, who is going to build the autonomous car of the future, the old or the new?

    • Moderator: Derek Kerton, Managing Partner at The Kerton Group
    • Nikhil Gowda, HMII Researcher at Renault Innovation Silicon Valley
    • Sebastian Ohl, Sr. Expert, Driver Assistance at Elektrobit
    • Diomedes Kastanis, CTO, Support Solutions at Ericsson
    9:50 AM 
    Networking Break
    Flip over your agenda to the attendee list and put some faces to those names as we give everyone 30 minutes to connect with each other. As always, we are happy to help you find the person you want to meet.
    10:20 AM 
    Panel: Sensors and Processors for the Autonomous Future
    Moore's Law is an incredible driver towards the future. Exponential progress is hard to mentally grasp, but the results are hard to deny. We now have cars with more processing power than NASA used to fly to the moon, so surely we can have autonomous driving to the mall, right? Not so fast! The Apollo program never had to deal with cats, pedestrians, "fixie" bikes, slow-moving buses, and potholes.

    In this panel, we'll hear from silicon providers in the processing and sensor categories to understand the power of these modern chipsets, and how they can help us tackle the challenges of autonomous driving. Self-driving cars can firmly beat human drivers, but they will need to gather and process more data in real time. That means more, cheaper sensors, sensor fusion, machine learning, processing power, and speedy AI reflexes. All of which are available in the short term.

    As a bonus, we'll stretch the discussion into winter-weather autonomous challenges as well.

    • Moderator: Derek Kerton, Managing Director at The Kerton Group
    • Stanley Onyewuchi, Principal Lead, Global Business Development at Maxim Integrated
    • Tim Wong, Technical Marketing - Automotive at NVIDIA
    • Rajeev Thakur, Marketing Manager for Infrared and Lasers at OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, Inc.
    • Samir Kumar Sr. Director of Product management, autonomous vehicles R&D at Qualcomm
    11:00 AM 
    Rapid-Fire Demo Presentations / Fastpitch
    Young companies interested in presenting their automotive technology innovations, services and solutions are welcome to register to be a rapid-fire presenter. These demo slots are 5-minutes and used to introduce new companies and their products, in the hopes of creating interest and follow-up from the Silicon Valley telecom and automotive community including the carriers, the manufacturers, and the investors who follow innovation in this segment.

    • Moderator: Amit Garg, Principal at Samsung Global Innovation Center
    • Jayram Ramachandran, Head of Marketing at Multicoreware Inc
    • JD Margulici, CEO at Exodus Navigation Systems
    • Emmanuele Spera, CEO at Next Future Transportation Inc.
    • Sravan Puttagunta, CEO at Civil Maps
    • Alexander Tenbrock, Lead Engineer Simulation Technology at fka SV
    • Brock Alston, Head of Sales at MapD
    • JR Alaoui, Founder & CEO at Eyeris
    • Jake Smith, CTO at Comma
    12:00 PM 
    Please close this meeting by connecting with the companies and people who presented their new ideas and products during the rapid fire pitches.
    1:00 PM