A Data-Driven Future

The Future of Transportation in 2039

Presented By Western Digital x WIRED

951 Sandisk Dr, Milpitas, CA 95035

November 14

5:30 - 9:00 PM

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ABOUT THE EVENT

THE FUTURE OF MOBILITY AND TRANSPORTATION IN 2039


The year is 2039. With the automotive industry exploring and innovating around automation, connectivity, and alternative forms of fuels, the future of transportation will look different. Will human-controlled mobility and transportation be left in the past? Will most vehicles be electric or gas-powered? Privately-owned or shared? Creating this future of transportation won’t be easy, but it could lead to less congestion, fewer vehicular accidents, and reduced pollution.

Looking 20 years into the future, WIRED and Western Digital will bring together thought leaders, engineers, and technical experts to uncover the key drivers of change in the automotive ecosystem. This one-day event will be filled with compelling panel discussions, Q&A sessions, and an immersive tech-driven experience that puts attendees behind the wheel of an autonomous vehicle.

SPEAKERS

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CHRIS ARMSTRONG - PANASONIC

VP, V2X

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GAUTAM NARANG - GATIK AI

CEO, CO-FOUNDER

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STEVE VOZAR - MAY MOBILITY

CTO

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JAMIE CARLSON - NIO

VP, AUTONOMOUS DRIVING

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MIRIAM CHAUM - UBER

HEAD OF PUBLIC POLICY, SELF-DRIVING CARS

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BRYANT WALKER SMITH - UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

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ASHU REGE - ZOOX

SVP, SOFTWARE ENGINEERING

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ROBERT GRANT - CRUISE 

VP, GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

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ALEX DAVIES - WIRED

TRANSPORTATION EDITOR

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SALMAN ALAM - WESTERN DIGITAL 

ASSISTANT GENERAL COUNSEL

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HUIBERT VERHOEVEN - WESTERN DIGITAL 

SVP & GM, AUTOMOTIVE, MOBILE, AND EMERGING

Agenda

Time
Topic
5:30 - 6:30 PM
REGISTRATION & NETWORKING
Enjoy catered food and drinks while catching up with colleagues and connecting with new friends.
6:30 - 6:40 PM
WELCOME REMARKS
SPEAKER:
Huibert Verhoeven - SVP & GM, Automotive, Mobile, and Emerging, Western Digital
6:40 - 7:20 PM
PANEL: THE CAR CROSSROADS: AUTO TECH, POLICY
AND BUSINESS IN 2039

By 2039, how might technology, policy, and business lead to smarter transportation and more productive commutes? New developments in AI, automation, and connectivity are generating valuable automotive data and creating new opportunities for safer and more comfortable rides. But, this technology still has a long way to go. Self-driving cars must overcome cybersecurity issues, technological barriers, regulatory concerns and reliability challenges to win support from transportation departments -- not to mention, commuters. In this panel, we’ll explore this intersection of law and mobility, including what it could mean for players in the automotive ecosystem.

MODERATOR: Alex Davies - Transportation Editor, Wired
SPEAKERS:
Miriam Chaum - Head of Public Policy, Uber
Bryant Walker Smith - Associate Professor, University of South Carolina
Robert Grant - VP, Government Affairs, Cruise
Gautam Narang - CEO, Co-Founder, Gatik AI
Salman Alam - Assistant General Counsel, Western Digital
7:20 - 8:00 PM
8:00 - 9:00 PM
STARTUP EXPOSITION AND IMMERSIVE 2039 EXPERIENCE
Experience the self-driving future and step into the role of ALEX MASON, Agency operative. In this short interactive experience, you’ll undertake a covert protection mission in a futuristic autonomous vehicle powered by Western Digital. It looks to be an easy job -- but, in the connected world of 2039, nothing is as it seems. Over the course of this immersive showcase, you’ll explore the augmented reality capabilities of your modified spy car and catch a glimpse of the not-too-distant future. And if you make the right choices... you might just save the day.
9:00 PM
EVENT CONCLUDES

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