Vehicle Telematics Hot Topic at Lawrence Tech Auto Conference


The inaugural AppConext Auto Conference, to be held May 13 and 14 at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, will bring together leaders in the automotive and mobile communities to discuss challenges and opportunities in the in-vehicle app marketplace.

“We’re somewhat the antithesis of a trade show in that we’re not creating this event to be a place where sales reps hand out business cards and collect T-shirts,” said Justin Bosley, spokesman for AppConext. “We want to be the forum where auto and mobile industry execs converge to learn from and do business with one another — like a TED or Aspen Ideas conference, but with a much more focused agenda.”

Topics at the conference, supported by the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan and Connected Vehicle Trade Association, include the influence of Apple and Google on future in-vehicle apps, the advantages and disadvantages of HTML5 apps, and how the technology can improve energy efficiency and sustainability on the road.

Confirmed speakers for the two-day event include Andreas Mai, director of smart connected vehicles at Cisco; David Taylor, director of connected services at Panasonic, Patrick Davis, director of the vehicles technology office at the U.S. Department of Energy; Ben Sann, CEO of; Laurens Eckelboom, EVP of business development at Parkmobile USA; Chris Ruff, CEO of UIEvolution; and Andy Robinowitz, CEO of Fuelly.

Registration ranges from $575 to $1,275 for developers and OEMs and from $675 to $1,375 for standard admission. For more information, visit