March 15, 2017 @ The Henry Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan

Join 300+ experts to network, share ideas and learn about the technologies and trends that are shaping the evolution of the autonomous car.


We work closely with our expert speakers to develop a schedule that offers delegates a glimpse into the future.

8am: Registration and networking breakfast

9am: Keynote

Mark de la Vergne, Chief of Mobility Innovation, City of Detroit

9:30am: Autonomous cars – the next ten years (panel discussion)

Key stakeholders discuss the technologies and trends that will shape the evolution of the autonomous car in North America over the next decade and beyond.
Matt Smith, Michigan Department of Transportation | Michael James, Toyota Research Institute | Jim Yan, Navistar | Tim Droz, SoftKinetic | Ian Graig, Global Policy Group

10:30am: Networking break

11am: The next standard for safe, secure automotive architecture

Bob Leigh, Director of Market Development, RTI

11:15am: Insights on safety & security challenges for connected automated driving

Dan Mender, Vice President Business Development, Green Hills Software

11:30am: The role of the autonomous car in the future of mobility

Carla Bailo, Assistant Vice President – Mobility Research and Business Development, The Ohio State University

11:45am: Machine learning as artificial intelligence - a path to control functionality beyond level 3

Lee Barnes, Director, Connected & Autonomous Vehicle Business, Ricardo

12:00pm: Future intersection control with connected and autonomous vehicles

Henry Liu, Research Professor, UMTRI

12:15pm: Q&A Session

Bob Leigh, RTI | Dan Mender, Green Hills Software | Carla Bailo, Ohio State University | Lee Barnes, Ricardo | Henry Liu, UMTRI

12:40pm: Networking lunch

2pm: Inside the autonomous car (panel discussion)

Leading experts outline their vision for the interior of the autonomous car, from steering wheel and seating to HMI and infotainment.
Thomas Gould, Adient | David Muyres, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors | Chris Rockwell, Lextant | Upton Bowden, Visteon | Dan Klyn, The Understanding Group

3:10pm: Networking break

3:40pm: Functional safety and cyber security for autonomous cars

Stephan Tarnutzer, Vice President, Electronics, FEV

4:05pm: Accelerating connected and autonomous driving implementation by a hybrid communication approach

Andreas Höglund, Senior Engineer, Connected Services, Scania R&D

4:30pm: The unfair advantages of 'open' - data, services, and platforms for mobility

Drew Dara-Abrams, Head of Mobility Products, Mapzen

4:50pm: Closing remarks

5pm: Networking drinks

6pm: Close


We'd like to thank our partners for helping us to connect and inform the global autonomous car community.


Green Hills Software


Automotive World
Center for Automotive Research
Frost & Sullivan
Navigant Research

Media Partners

Automotive World


Our hand-picked lineup of more than 20 expert speakers makes AUTONOMOUS CAR DETROIT an unmissable learning opportunity.

Mark de la Vergne

Chief of Mobility Innovation, City of Detroit

Matt Smith

ITS Program Administrator, Michigan Department of Transportation

Michael James

Director of Driving (Autonomous Driving), Toyota Research Institute

Jim Yan

Director, Advanced Technology VP, China R&D and Engineering, Navistar

Tim Droz

Senior Vice President North America, SoftKinetic

David Muyres

Executive Director, Global Research & Advanced Development, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors

Andreas Höglund

Senior Engineer, Connected Services, Scania R&D

Lee Barnes

Director, Connected & Autonomous Vehicle Business, Ricardo

Thomas Gould

Director of Design, Consumer and Market Research and Craftsmanship, Adient

Chris Rockwell

Founder and CEO, Lextant

Carla Bailo

Assistant Vice President – Mobility Research and Business Development, The Ohio State University

Dan Mender

Vice President Business Development, Green Hills Software

Bob Leigh

Director of Market Development, RTI

Upton Bowden

New Technology Planning Director, Visteon

Stephan A. Tarnutzer

Vice President, Electronics, FEV

Henry Liu

Research Professor, UMTRI

Drew Dara-Abrams

Head of Mobility Products, Mapzen

Dan Klyn

Co-Founder, The Understanding Group

Ian Graig

Chief Executive, Global Policy Group

Sam Abuelsamid

Senior Research Analyst, Navigant Research

Richard Wallace

Director - Transportation Systems Analysis, Center for Automotive Research

Praveen Chandrasekar

Mobility Consulting Director, Frost & Sullivan

Martin Kahl

Editor, Automotive World



The full delegate list for AUTONOMOUS CAR DETROIT 2017 is currently being compiled, but below is a selection of the 250 automakers, suppliers and other key stakeholders who attended the 2016 conference.

Alcoa – Global Business Development Manager

Argonne National Laboratory – Director, Center for Transportation R&D

Arkema – Global Market Manager

Audi – Technical Benchmark Engineer

AVL – Chief Engineer

AVL – Project Engineer II

AVL – Technical Specialist/Group Lead – Systems

AW Technical Center U.S.A – Systems Applications Engineer

Baird – Equity Research Analyst

BorgWarner – Senior Technical Specialist

Boston Consulting Group – Principal

Boston Consulting Group – Project Leader

BP Lubricants Americas – OEM Business Development Manager, German OEM’s

Center for Automotive Research – Director, Transportation Systems Analysis

Cisco – Director Smart Connected Vehicles

Comau – Director of Business Development – NAFTA

Comau – Marketing VP

Corning – Manager Market Assessment

Cummins – Market Intelligence Manager

Daimler – Applications Engineer

Delphi Automotive – Director, Advanced Engineering (Electronic Controls)

Derive Systems – Rapid Prototyping Team Lead

Detroit Auto Scene Newspaper – Reporter

DHL – VP, Global Customer Manager GM

DSM – Application Development Manager

DSM – Automotive OEM Manager

DSM – Business Development Manager

DSM – Industry Segment Team Leader

DSM – Senior Application Development Engineer

Ducker Worldwide – Chairman & Managing Principal

Eaton – Controls Specialist

Eaton – Lead Engineer

Eaton – Research Analyst

Eaton – Specialist Engineer

EFS Business Consultancy – Engagement Manager

Elektrobit – Key Account Manager

Elektrobit – Sales Manager

Faraday Future – Map Content Manager

FCA – Consumer Trends and Foresight

FCA – Director Portfolio Planning

FCA – Driver Assistance Systems

FCA – Manager B2C Data Services

FCA – Portfolio Planning Senior Manager

FCA – Product Engineering Supervisor

FCA – Resident Product Engineer

FCA – Senior Manager Portfolio Planning

FCA – Senior Technical fellow

FEV – Business Development Manager

FEV – Consultant

FEV – Senior Director, Business Development

Financial Times – US Industry Correspondent

Fisker Automotive – Senior Manager, Advanced Engineering

Ford – Advanced Rulemaking and Strategy

Ford – Autonomy and Active Safety Planning Supervisor

Ford – Connected Vehicle IT Portfolio Manager

Ford – Counsel

Ford – Driver Distraction Lead

Ford – Finance – Cost Estimating

Ford – Global Product Planning and Strategy

Ford – HMI Engineer

Ford – Manager, Autonomous Vehicles – Virtual Driver

Ford – Materials Scientist

Ford – Metologist

Ford – Patent Counsel

Ford – Safety/Cybersecurity Rulemaking

Ford – Senior Economist

Ford – Technical Expert – MBD and SW Architecture

Ford – Technical Information Specialist

Ford – Technology Strategy Leader

Ford – TS – Propulsive Torque Management

Foros – Senior Vice President

Frost & Sullivan – Senior Consultant

Fujitsu Ten – Market Research Analyst

Fujitsu Ten – Market Research Manager

General Motors – Advanced Vehicle Development

General Motors – ATW Tech Management

General Motors – Competitive Intelligence Manager

General Motors – Connected Vehicle Engineering

General Motors – Director Innovation

General Motors – Engineering Specialist

General Motors – GM Technical Fellow – UX

General Motors – GNSS Systems Engineer

General Motors – Government Relations Manager

General Motors – Group Manager, Perception and Sensor Systems

General Motors – Infotainment HMI Engineer

General Motors – Program Quality Manager

General Motors – Senior Solution Architect

General Motors – Senior Systems Engineer

General Motors – Technical Fellow

General Motors – Vehicle Architect

GM OnStar – Senior GNSS Systems Engineer

GM Ventures – Investment Manager

Green Hills Software – Field Application Engineer

Harman – IP Professional

Harman – VP of Solutions and Strategy, Automotive

Henkel – Global Market Development Manager – Automotive Electronics

Henkel – Regional Market Development Manager

Honda – Chief Engineer / Senior Manager

Honda – Research Analyst – Market Intelligence

Honda – Senior Analyst

Honda – Senior Engineer

Hyundai Motor – Manager

Hyundai Motor – Vice President

Infineon – GM Global Account Executive

Infineon – Senior Manager OEM Business Development

Infineon – System Application Engineer

Intel – Director

Johnson Controls – Director of Industrial Design, Research and Crafts

Johnson Controls – VP & Technical Fellow

Kaiser Aluminium – Vice President, Engineering

KPIT Technologies – Director, Automotive Business Unit

Lextant – CEO & Founder

Magna International – Global Market Research Manager

Magna International – Senior Manager

Magna International – Technical Business Analyst

Michigan Department of Transportation – Director

Mindtree – Senior Director, Business Development

Mindtree – Technical Director

Mitsubishi Motors – Engineer, HMI

Mitsubishi Motors – Manager, HMI

Mobica – Director Business Development

Movimento Group – Technical Sales Director

Navistar – Senior Manager Corporate Development

Nexteer Automotive – Manager – Future Engineering

NHTSA – Administrator

NHTSA – Policy Advisor

NVIDIA – Senior Manager Automotive Integration, Automotive

ON Semiconductor – Vice President & General Manager, Automotive

Open Mobile Alliance – Automotive Business Development Consultant

Renesas Electronics – Principal Engineer, V2X

Renesas Electronics – Senior Manager, Ecosystem & Business Management

Renesas Electronics – Senior Manager, Silicon Valley Automotive

Renesas Electronics – Silicon Valley Automotive

Repairer Driven News – Editorial Content Director

Reuters – Autos Correspondent

RTI – Director of New Markets

RTI – Field Applications Engineer

SEAT – Product Manager

SONY Video & Sound – Electrical Manager

Strategy Analytics – Associate Director Global Automotive Practice

Takata – Director of Research & Development

TASS International – Director of Americas

TATA Motors – Head Engineering Commercial Vehicles

Teradyne – Head of Corporate Development

The Auto Channel – Detroit Editor

The Boston Consulting Group – Senior Partner and Managing Director, Detroit

The Detroit News – Automotive Reporter

Thomson Reuters – Senior Analyst, IP & Science Business

TomTom – Director Sales, Automotive

TomTom – Product Manager, Maps

TomTom – Sales Manager, Automotive

TomTom – Senior Vice President, Automotive

Toyota – Engineer

Toyota – Manager

Toyota – Planning Manager Product Safety

Toyota – Principal Engineer

Toyota – Senior Scientist

Toyota Boshoku – Senior Engineering Manager

Toyota Research Institute – Senior Principal Scientist

University of Michigan – Director Connected Vehicle Proving Center (CVPC)

University of Michigan Mobility Transformation Center – Assistant Director

Visteon – Software Technical Manager

Volkswagen – Business Development Manager

Volkswagen – Senior EV Safety Engineer

Volvo – KD Manufacturing Engineering Director

Wall Street Journal – Reporter

Wards Auto – Associate Editor

ZF – Senior Market Analyst

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