The Automotive Industry at a Crossroads

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ABSTRACT
As we consider the future of mobility the automotive industry finds itself at crossroads. While for the past several decades automotive OEMs have dominated mobility with cars and trucks, on-demand mobility services have started to change this dominance. The usage of on-demand mobility services will continue to expand. But we expect that privately owned vehicles will continue to dominate the transportation landscape for at least the next decade. As a result, automotive OEMs find themselves at crossroads. Should they remain vehicle manufacturers, develop vehicles and invest in the development of new mobility platforms (battery management platform, autonomous vehicle platform, in-cabin monitoring platform), or also introduce on-demand mobility services? Current generation mobility services companies are also trying to determine how to engage with the automotive industry. Should they view the industry as vehicle provider, new mobility technology provider, or competitor? During this conversation, we will share our perspectives on how these decisions are likely to play out, and provide our projections about mobility in the future.

SPEAKERS
Evangelos Simoudis - Founder & Managing Director, Synapse Partners
With over 30 years of experience in Silicon Valley, Evangelos Simoudis is a seasoned venture investor, senior advisor to global corporations, and a recognized thought leader in big data, digital platforms, and corporate innovation. Prior to his 20 year investing work, Evangelos had 20 years experience in high-technology industries, in executive roles spanning operations, marketing, sales, and engineering. He is also author of the book, The Big Data Opportunity In Our Driverless Future.

Dr. Stephen M. Zoepf - Executive Director, Center for Automotive Research, Stanford
Stephen Zoepf is the Executive Director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford. In addition to continuing to contribute to the field through his own research on mobility, Stephen will strengthen our connections across campus and with our affiliates. He has fifteen years of experience in the automotive field, including eight years in engineering and product management roles at BMW and Ford. He recently served as a Post-Doctoral researcher at MIT and on the technical staff of the U.S. Dept. of Transportation.

AGENDA
6:00-6:30 – Registration & Networking
6:30-6:35 – Intros from The Hive & TIBCO
6:35-7:00 – Intros from Speakers, Evangelos Simoudis and Stephen Zoepf
7:00-8:00 – Fireside Chat + Audience Q&A