Experts to Discuss Artificial Intelligence, Safety, and Security at Autonomous Car Detroit


Over 250 automotive experts are expected to gather on March 15 at The Henry Hotel in Dearborn for a one-day conference and technology showcase on the future of autonomous vehicles. As self-driving vehicle technology becomes closer to reality, key stakeholders will convene for several panel discussions and presentations about the technologies and trends that are shaping the future of this quickly evolving industry.

The conference begins with a keynote address by Mark de la Vergne, Detroit’s chief of mobility innovation. Since late last year, de la Vergne’s has been conducting pilot tests of experimental policies throughout Detroit to address mobility issues and the needs of residents.

A panel discussion on the future of the autonomous vehicle industry will follow, with a discussion of innovations expected to take place in the next 10 years. Panelists include: Matt Smith, of the Michigan Department of Transportation, Michael James, of the Toyota Research Institute, Jim Yan, of Navistar, Corey Clothier, of Meridian Autonomous, and Tim Droz, of Soft Kinetic.

Safety and security will also be on the agenda, with Bob Leigh, director of market development for RTI, scheduled to speak on “the next standard for safe, secure automotive architecture.” Dan Mender, vice president for business development at Green Hills Software, will also speak about safety and security challenges for automated and connected driving. Stephan Tarnutzer, vice president of electronics for FEV, will speak on functional safety and cybersecurity throughout the autonomous vehicle industry.

In addition, the conference will include presentations by Carla Bailo, assistant vice president for mobility research and business development at Ohio State University, Lee Barnes, director of connected and autonomous vehicle business for Ricardo in Van Buren Township, and Henry Liu, a research professor at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. Speakers will be available for a question and answer session following their presentations.

Information regarding ticketing and other conference details can be found here.

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