Disruptors to the Automotive Industry - Panel Discussion
These days, Ford Motor Co. calls itself a "mobility company," rather than an automotive manufacturer, something that might make sense considering it just spent $200 million to buy electric scooter company Spin. Across town, General Motors is spending billions on developing autonomous vehicles while launching sharing service Maven, as well as a new, as yet-unnamed electric bike company. At the same time, Fiat Chrysler is taking another tact providing the vehicle hardware to Google spin-off Waymo to put autonomous Pacificas on the road. The world of transportation is going through massive changes, with plenty of new mobility options, as well as an assortment of new vehicle manufacturers and suppliers. This transportation reflects the revitalization of urban living, where traditional vehicle ownership isn't always a plus, but even in suburban and rural communities, things are rapidly changing. Our panel of experts will explore this new world of mobility, everything from the rise of autonomous and electrified vehicles to the challenges of creating a "smart" and connected vehicle infrastructure at a time when federal highway funds are already stretched to the limits.
David Andrea, Automotive Consultant, Center for Automotive Research View Bio
Paul A. Eisenstein, Publisher and Writer, The Detroit Bureau View Bio
Scott E. Paradise, V.P., Marketing and Business Development for the Americas, Magna International
John M. DeCicco, Research Professor, University of Michigan Energy Institute View Bio