Opening Panel

Perspectives on the Future of the Automobile


With the rapidly approaching transition to automated vehicles, the number of stakeholders in the transportation sector is quickly expanding. From energy and infrastructure to cyber security and technology start-ups, new opportunities and challenges are emerging. Each speakers with three minutes each will give their take on how we got here, where the industry is going and what we should watch out for as it goes there.

Designing the Future

A Moderated Conversation with Tesla's Chief of Design


Breakout 1

Cutting-Edge Technologies


Breakthroughs in cutting-edge technologies have enabled an exponential acceleration of autonomous vehicles. From super lightweight batteries to Lidar and sensory systems to artificial intelligence, these innovations have provided the tools that automotive and tech manufacturers need to build cars of the future. Hear from industry and research leaders about the newest technologies that will drive on our road for generations to come.

Breakout 1

Future of Racing

Since the inception of the automobile, racing has provided a forum to prototype, test and demonstrate technological innovations, while also stimulating public fascination with cars. Developments in motorsports continue to parallel the larger industry, notably in the expansion of hybrid and electric propulsion. What do modern trends in racing foretell about the road cars of tomorrow, and how does racing seek to engage a new generation whose views of the automobile are changing? Will autonomous cars ultimately displace human drivers?

Breakout 2

LA City Planners Design AV’s Future

Los Angeles was built for the car and is fast becoming one of the main testing grounds for ridesharing and autonomous vehicle development. Los Angeles planners have been looking at models for mobility in the future, and designing public-private partnerships to develop transportation infrastructure ahead of the 2028 Olympics.

Breakout 2

Future of Trucking: The First Frontier


Trucking will be one of the first sectors for the widespread adoption of autonomous vehicles. We already see a number of companies, including Daimler and Embark, successfully executing cross-country trips. Advancements in self-driving technology combined with platooning, which allows for several trucks to follow each other, will reduce fuel costs and improve efficiency in the movement of freight. However, with approximately 3.5 million truckers on the road in the US, the transition to self-driving trucks will have a massive impact on our supply chain, as well as our workforce.

Mid-Day PLenary

Detroit to Silicon Valley: Who Prevails and When?


The future of the automobile industry will increasingly see technology firms from Silicon Valley and elsewhere overlapping with traditional automakers in Detroit, Germany and Japan. Will the tech companies dominate? Or will the automakers’ century-old experience of mass manufacturing, nationwide network of dealers and their political backing in Congress keep them in the game? Will there be a wave of mergers, or will a few companies survive and the rest fade away? This closing plenary panel will look at the bigger picture of how the automotive industry might reorganize itself in the coming decades.

BReakout 3

AV Technology and Design


Los Angeles is a world leader in automotive design, inspired by the innovative thinking coming out of the ArtCenter College of Design. As the automotive world faces a fundamental transformation, what new design concepts will emerge for electric, self-driving and fleet-owned vehicles? And what new materials and manufacturing processes will be used to create the next generation of cars?

Breakout 3

Ethics and Regulations: Who’s at the Wheel?

Autonomous vehicle development brings with it a number of unique ethical and regulatory challenges, which will need to be thought through. If an AV crashes, who should be held responsible? What will the role of insurance companies be? Should regulations be developed by the states – as is the case now – or will we ultimately need federal standards? And what about that “trolley problem”?

Breakout 4

Challenges and Opportunities: AV’s Economic Future

As autonomous vehicles become widespread, they will have numerous economic effects, creating new opportunities even as some current businesses will be disrupted. Experts predict a shift to rideshare fleets, as people move away from individual ownership – with knock-on effects on the insurance industry, car dealership models and car rental firms. As passengers no longer have to pay attention to driving, vehicles will be transformed into giant streaming devices, opening up entirely new markets for product placement and content creation. 

Breakout 4

From Beijing to Dubai and London to LA: The Future of Cars around the World

The auto world has long been dominated by the US, Germany and Japan, but with the shifting landscape to electrification and autonomous vehicles new players are emerging. China is now the largest maker of electric cars. Dubai is taking a comprehensive look at transportation reform, including investments in aerial taxis. Cities like London and Singapore are also developing innovative ideas to transform urban mobility. And then there is the hyperloop…

Closing Remarks followed by Rooftop Reception