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Below is an outline program for the conference. Please check back regularly for updates. If you are interested in speaking opportunities, please contact Tom Chinnock at or on +44 (0) 2920 783 025.


Thursday February 16, 2017


08:30 – 09:00

Welcome coffee, registration and exhibition

09:00 – 10:25

Session 1: Keynote presentations

Representative, Commissioner for Transport, European Commission

10:25 – 10:45

Morning Coffee Break

10:45 – 12:05

Session 2: Key policy considerations for building the cars of tomorrow - what do industry stakeholders want from policymakers?

Communication and connected technologies are revolutionizing and transforming the auto industry. As a result, policymakers need to continue to work with industry to achieve their public goals, while also ensuring that innovation is able to flourish. This session will bring together a range of stakeholders from different policy and industry environments to have a meaningful discussion about these important issues. Speakers will provide their thoughts on the impact of current legislation and the work that different federal agencies are doing, and whether this is enough in order to truly maximize this new opportunity. Participants should also consider the changes to the auto industry engendered by the advent of semi and fully autonomous technologies and the similarities these have to ‘connected technologies’, as well as the issues they raise. Participants are encouraged to conclude by offering some tentative ways that stakeholders can work together in order to satisfy different objectives. Participants will be encouraged to contribute to the discussions during the interactive part of the session following the speakers’ opening remarks, but are asked to remember that the focus of this session is policy and business orientated. The subsequent session will focus more closely on consumer needs:

- What are the key policy considerations for building the connected cars ecosystem? What have been the main discussion points since the previous conference a year ago?
- How should the regulatory landscape evolve over time in order to ensure that innovation can flourish and the U.S. remains a global leader in this space?
- If the aim is to move towards zero road deaths, should regulators play a bigger role in driving this forward by mandating connectivity?
- How best can policymakers maintain the right incentives for global business models and all players of the value chain?
- Is there a need for policymakers to engage more with industry, and if so, during what stages and in what areas? How can policymakers help businesses achieve their goals?
- How has current work such as the Senate’s recent bipartisan resolution on IoT as well as the FCC’s decision on 5G, impacted the connected car industry, and is there additional work that needs to be done in the immediate future?
- What are the spectrum needs of the connected car industry? What new levels of connectivity are required? What new scenarios will emerge as a result of 4G LTE and 5G networks and what new capabilities will they offer to V2X communications?
- What role can DSRC play?
- What are the prime regulatory issues for autonomous technologies and whatrecommendations should be given to policymakers working in this space?


12:20 – 13:20

Networking Lunch

13:20 – 14:40

Placing consumers at the centre of the Connected Car ecosystem

As the growing number of connected car technologies being adopted globally increases, consumer trust and confidence in these technologies, as well as an understanding around issues such as liability and added expenditure for new technologies, is more important than ever. This session will bring together a group of experts from various stakeholder groups to address the significant benefits of this technology on consumers, and also explore the different concerns that people have about connected cars. Participants should also put these benefits and concerns into the wider context of semi and fully autonomous vehicles and identify how they can be addressed quickly in order for wider social acceptance.

- What opportunities can connected cars offer consumers?
- What impact will connected cars have on issues such as driver safety and vehicle security?
- What impact will this new technology have on things such as advanced navigation and fuel efficiency, as well as issues around the ‘right to repair’ and consumer payment models?
- What factors are driving increased consumer demands for connected car technologies?
- What are the main concerns that consumers have about these new technologies? What is being done by different stakeholders to address these concerns?
- How best can automakers and their partners collaborate in order to satisfy consumer needs?
- In which areas has the industry seen most consumer uptake?
- What challenges still need to be overcome in order for widespread consumer acceptance and adoption?

14:40 – 14:55

Afternoon Networking Break

14:55 – 16:15

Generating economic value on this new digital journey

The rise of communication technologies in cars is continuing to create new business opportunities for a range of different stakeholders and the technologies are fundamental for to the development of fully autonomous cars. They are opening up new doors for OEMs, software providers, MNOs, and a range of businesses across different sectors. We have witnessed a number of new activities recently, including new entrants moving into the space, private-sector investments and M&A movements, which have all made the current period very exciting. It is also a challenging time for certain players, however, and the stakeholders that will benefit most from this new market remains unclear. This session will feature a series of leading experts from OEMs, MNOs, software providers, and other new entrants working in the connected and autonomous cars space. Speakers will discuss the new types of business models that are being created and the additional work that needs to be done in order to fully maximize these opportunities. Crucially, with the growing convergence of technologies, participants will also focus on the importance of working together and building new partnerships with different stakeholders.

- To what extent is the traditional OEM business model changing and what do OEMs need to do to remain competitive as the market matures? (from the traditional OEM model to the connected cars model and finally to fully autonomous cars)
- What are the main challenges OEMs are facing in this new market?
- Who are the new entrants and how are they capitalizing on the opportunities provided by the new technologies?
- What improvements can be made from using data generated by connected cars?
- As a result of these disruptive technologies and services, how important will a fresh approach towards product development, collaboration and co-creation be?
- What connected car solutions are available for existing vehicles?
- How can new innovations enable a new generation of connected car services?
- Will the insurance industry be able to work out a way of insuring connected cars and handling the complex liability issues that may arise?
- How are communication technologies paving the way towards semi and fully automated vehicles?

16:15 – 17:15

Fireside Chat - Working together to prepare for the future of fully autonomous and connected driving

17:15 – 17:20

The Last Word: Recommendations & Takeaways



Thursday February 16, 2017
09.00 to 17.00




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