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Innovation, Manufacturing

FT Future of the Car Summit

London |  - 
Speakers include:
Håkan Samuelsson

Håkan Samuelsson

Volvo Car Group

The Rt Hon Greg  Clark MP

The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP

Violeta  Bulc

Violeta Bulc

European Commission


The FT Future of the Car Summit is our big-picture, megatrends event for international OEMs, their partners, and their partners-to-be. Things are really hotting-up in the industry, and there's going to be a lot to talk about, so we've extended the summit by an additional day. The fourth annual summit will address the hottest issues through in-depth panel discussion with speakers from across the industry to find out what's really going on in one of the world's fastest-moving industries.

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“Great presenter line up, hot topics of the moment and slick organisation.”

  • Steven De Ploey, Jaguar Land Rover

“Excellent speaker line up and very frank and open presentations and discussions”

  • Marcus Malek, Aistemos

“An excellent opportunity to listen, learn and share ideas and opinions about our industry.”

  • Mike Flewitt, CEO, McLaren

“Fantastic insight into the thoughts of automotive industry leaders and influencers”

  • Stuart Masson, Editor, The Car Expert

“Fantastic variety of speakers, not holding back.”

  • Colin Overland, Editor, Car Magazine

“An outstanding choice of speakers who give an inspiring view of the future of our industry”

  • Edouard Fischer, Sanef

“Very thought provoking and lively debate on cars, automation and our possible mobility futures”

  • David Ward, Global New Car Assessment Program

Full Overview

Because the car isn’t what it used to be.

In an environment of swirling uncertainty around what lies ahead, we will throw light on the new strategies and corporate partnerships turning the forces of disruption into engines of growth. This year's summit will examine the biggest trends in the car industry, devoting particular attention to developments in electric vehicles, connected cars, driverless cars, ownership v sharing, and emerging trends in mobility and the broader service ecosystem. The challenges, opportunities and complicating factors involved in the new partnerships that are emerging in the sector will be central to the conversation. 

While the car continues to be an impressive feat of design and engineering, it isn’t what it used to be. It’s becoming an increasingly complex piece of software capable of generating vast amounts of in-vehicle and environmental data - data that can be monetised and used to strengthen customer relationshipsenrich the driving experience, and dramatically improve safety on our roads

New partnerships
As new technologies and consumer behaviour revolutionize the way people and goods get from A to B, traditional car-makers around the world are beginning to seek new partnerships and new relationships. They are courting - and being courted by - big tech, start-up tech, insurance companies, car-sharing businesses, cyber-security firms and city authorities. Success in the new data-driven mobility landscape will rely on these new alliances, new relationships with customers – and, crucially, on new strategic partnerships.

Another big question on everyone’s lips is “when?”. Views on the pace of change in the industry can differ wildly. Some say the future of the car will happen much faster than we think. Others say it will be a much slower, and more incremental process. This year's Future of the Car Summit will make a point of asking our star-studded line-up of speakers when they think their version of the future of the car is going to happen, and why. 



Keynote Speakers (3)

Håkan Samuelsson

Håkan Samuelsson

President & CEO
Volvo Car Group
The Rt Hon Greg  Clark MP

The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP

Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Greg Clark was appointed Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy in July 2016. Previously he served as Minister of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government, appointed in May 2010, and in July 2011 he was appointed Minister for Cities. In September 2012, he was appointed Financial Secretary to the Treasury before becoming Minister of State in the Cabinet Office in October 2013 and, latterly, Minister for Universities, Science & Cities in July 2014.

Before entering politics, Greg worked for the Boston Consulting Group, one of the world's top business strategy firms, and was posted to the USA, Mexico, South America and Iceland, as well as working for clients in the UK.

He was Special Advisor to the Secretary of State for Trade & Industry - the Rt Hon Ian Lang MP - from 1996 until the General Election in 1997. Subsequently, he was appointed the BBC's Controller, Commercial Policy.

Before becoming an MP, Greg was Director of Policy for the Conservative Party from March 2001 for three successive Leaders - William Hague, Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Howard - before being elected to Parliament for Tunbridge Wells in 2005.

Violeta  Bulc

Violeta Bulc

Commissioner for Transport
European Commission

Violeta Bulc is the EU Commissioner for transport, having been appointed to the office in November 2014. Ms Bulc brings a diverse set of expertise and professional experiences to the role. As Commissioner, Ms Bulc has already placed priority on digitalisation, decarbonisation and innovation in transport. A noted academic, author, systems architect and entrepreneur, Ms Bulc has long had a high profile in her homeland of Slovenia. In the corporate sphere, she held various positions in the telecoms industry, including Telekom Slovenia and Telemach. She has also been the owner and CEO of Vibacom, engaged in work on sustainable and innovative business solutions. Immediately prior to her appointment to the European Commission, she was the Deputy Prime Minister of Slovenia, with ministerial responsibility for development, strategic projects and cohesion.

Speakers (20)

Finlay Clark

Finlay Clark

Managing Director

Finlay Clark runs Waze's business in the UK, responsible for the growing usage, revenue and partnerships for the Google-owned, crowd-sourced sat nav app.  He joined Waze in 2016, having previously worked with Google's top tier retail and ecommerce clients for five years.  He previously worked in digital agencies and has a degree in Sociology and Politics from the University of Edinburgh.

Karl Gray

Karl Gray

Global Head, Motor and Personal Lines
Zurich Insurance Group

Karl Gray is the Global Head for Motor and Personal Lines at the Zurich Insurance Group.  He leads Zurich's Global Working Groups on Autonomous / Semi-Autonomous Driving and the Sharing Economy.  He is a member of the World Economic Forum's 'Global Future Council on Mobility'. 

Prior to his appointment, Mr Gray was the Chief Underwriting Officer for Zurich's Middle East and Africa region. Before that he held a number of leadership positions, with over a decade in emerging markets.

He started his professional career in the UK and has over 18 years experience of developing motor and personal lines businesses, leading both underwriting and non-underwriting functions.

Etop  Ikpe

Etop Ikpe


Etop Ikpe is the CEO of Nigeria’s first and largest Auto Tech trading platform; . CARS45 is a technology company that has disrupted the used cars sales industry by offering people a fast and convenient way to sell their cars. Since it’s launch in July 2016 CARS45 has grown to have over 35 physical inspection centres and helped thousands of people sell their cars. 

Prior to launching CARS45, Etop was a Director at the largest Ecommerce market place in Nigeria; . with over 80,000 listed sellers. Before joining he was also CEO of the largest Discount website in Nigeria.

Chris Donkin

Chris Donkin

Partner and Head of Industrial Practice
The Inzito Partnership

Chris Donkin is an executive search and leadership development consultant, advising clients operating at the intersection between established industrial markets and disruptive new technologies on how to identify, attract and develop leaders with the attributes to succeed in an increasingly volatile and complex business environment. He has particular in-depth knowledge of the global automotive sector, acknowledged recently by the Financial Times as “one of the car industry’s leading head hunters".
Previously Chris was a Senior Client Partner in the Global Industrial Practice at Korn Ferry. Prior to that he was European Managing Partner and then CEO of two boutique executive search firms. He began his career at advertising agency J.Walter Thompson, where he worked with a number of blue chip global industrial clients.

Santiago  Rodríguez

Santiago Rodríguez

Abertis Mobility Services

A telecommunications engineer by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, he started his professional career as a consultant for Accenture and later for Everis. During his 14 years of experience in consultancy, he participated in complex projects in different business sectors, including transportation. In 2006 he joined CaixaBank group, where he participated in the set-up of Silk, the group’s IT subsidiary.

Since 2012, he has been part of the Abertis’ Group, where he has had different responsibilities. In 2015, he was appointed CEO of Emovis; and from 2017, he has been the Director of the Abertis Mobility Services division, which comprises Emovis, the Abertis’ tolling services and technology subsidiary, and Eurotoll, the leading European electronic toll service –EETS- provider for heavy goods vehicles, which assists transportation companies in the management and control of their tolls and tax expenses.

Chris Harris

Chris Harris


Chris Harris joined YASA as CEO in December 2011. He has over 25 years’ experience of building and leading high technology companies in the UK, US and Europe. He previously held the post of CEO at Light Blue Optics, a spin-out company from the University of Cambridge. He has a degree in Physics from the University of Oxford and a PhD from Imperial College.

Jim Adler

Jim Adler

Managing Director
Toyota AI Ventures

Jim Adler is managing director and board member of Toyota AI Ventures, and vice president at Toyota Research Institute. He also serves on the Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee.

Most recently, he was vice president of products and marketing at Metanautix, a big data analytics startup funded by Sequoia Capital and Workday that was acquired by Microsoft. Previously, he was the vice president of data systems and chief privacy officer at Intelius, which was acquired by H.I.G Capital. Intelius also spun-off Talentwise, which was acquired by Sterling Talent Solutions. In addition, he founded VoteHere, a pioneer in cryptographic secure and secret online voting for public elections that was funded by Cisco and HP.

He started his career as a rocket engineer for Lockheed Martin. He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with high honors from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California, San Diego.

Edouard Fischer

Edouard Fischer

Technology and Systems Director

Civil engineer, alumnus of the École polytechnique (1988), Edouard Fischer begins its career in 1994 within the Ministry for the Equipment as deputy Head of the Infrastructure Works for the Hauts-de- SeineDepartmental office of infrastructure. Appointed Department Head of the Infrastructure Works and Natural Risks of the Haute-Garonne in 1996, he joined Cofiroute (Vinci autoroutes) in 2000, at first as Manager of the General Studies department, then as Manager of the Quality department and finally as Concessions and Sub-concessions Director in 2005. In 2008, Edouard Fischer joined the Sanef group (French Abertis subsidiary) as Technical Director of Exploitation, then as New Technologies Director. Since 2015, he has been the Technologies and Systems Director within the group.

David Martell

David Martell

Founder and Chief Executive

Pioneer in the electric vehicle sector, David Martell started Chargemaster in 2008 to provide reliable, convenient and sustainable charging for electric vehicle drivers. He was recently ranked the 10th  most influential person in the world in shaping the low-carbon fleet industry. He also founded Trafficmaster in 1989, one of the first nationwide traffic sensing and satnav companies, which was floated in 1994.

Jonathan Hewitt

Jonathan Hewitt

Global CMO

Jonathan Hewitt started his career in a front line sales role and then progressed to Barclays Bank where he learnt his marketing trade rising to Head of Network Marketing for the UK branches. He then spearheaded the growth of Sainsburys Bank developing both the in store merchandising program and on line servicing. He was recruited by Royal Mail and headed Post Office Direct delivering the first digital customer channel. In 2006, he joined Dixons Stores Group to run the consumer financing and warranty organisation together with responsibility for The Tech Guys. Following 3 years as VP Consumer marketing at AIG, he now serves as the Global CMO for Octo the World’s leading telematics service provider.

Karl Iagnemma

Karl Iagnemma

Co-Founder & President

Karl Iagnemma is an authority on robotics and autonomous vehicles whose opinion and commentary has been published and broadcast worldwide. As former director of the Robotic Mobility Group at MIT, his technical research resulted in more than 150 technical papers, 20 issued or filed patents, and numerous edited volumes, including books on the DARPA Grand Challenge and Urban Challenge autonomous vehicle competitions. His work has found application in passenger vehicle safety systems, robotic surgery, and Mars surface exploration, among other domains. He is also an author of fiction whose writing has been translated into seven languages.

He is co-founder and President of Boston-based nuTonomy, Inc., the leading developer of a proprietary full-stack autonomous driving (AD) software solution for the global Automated Mobility on-Demand (AMoD) market.

Sarah Jayne-Williams

Sarah Jayne-Williams

Director of Smart Mobility
Ford of Europe
Padmasree  Warrior

Padmasree Warrior

Sigrid  de Vries

Sigrid de Vries

Secretary General

Sigrid de Vries has held various positions in public affairs, industry and media over the past 25 years. Before joining CLEPA, she was Secretary General of CECE, the association of the European construction equipment industry. Sigrid started her career as a financial journalist for the Amsterdam Stock Exchange and Het Financieele Dagblad (FD), the Dutch financial daily. She became the paper’s EU correspondent in Brussels in 1998, reporting on everything from EU enlargement to industrial policy and economic governance. She moved as Germany correspondent to Berlin in 2001, covering the country’s political and economic developments for FD and the Belgian financial newspaper De Tijd. In 2006, she became director of communications at ACEA, the European automobile manufacturers association in Brussels. She subsequently led the European communications and institutional relations efforts of the commercial and industrial vehicle manufacturer CNH Industrial, as VP and part of the EMEA management board in Turin and Brussels, before taking the lead at CECE in 2014. She became Secretary General of CLEPA in 2017. Sigrid de Vries is a Dutch national, married and has two sons.

Sandy Fershee

Sandy Fershee

Global Manager, User Experience
Ford Motor Company

Sandy Fershee leads Ford’s Global User Experience team. Since its inception two years ago, she has designed and built the organization – the teams, roles and practices – led key projects and initiatives to envision holistic experiences for our future customers and business’s ongoing success, and created and facilitated User Experience / Human Centered Design training that has reached 1000 global leaders in Ford’s Product Development organization. She passionately embraces and practices Ford’s mission to make people’s lives better – both at work and in the world.

Over her career, she has worked with the world's leading organizations: automotive companies, device manufacturers, wireless carriers, news and media organizations -- designing everything from operating systems and messaging solutions to education, healthcare, vehicle, media and entertainment experiences.

Past clients and collaborators have included: Google, Ford, Johnson & Johnson, Motorola, AT&T, Infiniti, Samsung, Amplify, BBH Zag, CNN, Co Collective, Disney, Punchcut, and Razorfish

Sebastian Peck

Sebastian Peck

Managing Director
InMotion Ventures

Sebastian Peck is Managing Director of InMotion Ventures, Jaguar Land Rover’s mobility business and corporate venture capital arm.

Sebastian started his career at the Boston Consulting Group and later joined the TMT advisory team of UBS Investment Bank, providing corporate finance services for telecoms, media and technology clients.

For the past seven years, Sebastian has been involved in early-stage technology businesses as an investor and operator. As CFO / COO of Digital Science, a fast-growing provider of scientific software, he successfully built a business with corporate backing from the ground up. He also established Digital Science as a leading corporate VC, developing its signature investment approach and completing more than fifty early-stage transactions.
Prior to joining InMotion, Sebastian worked with London-based digital healthcare startup Health Bridge as CFO, drawing on his experience as an investor to prepare the company for its next financing round.
Sebastian holds an MA in History from the University of Cambridge, an MSc with Distinction in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics, and an MBA from London Business School. He is married and lives with his wife and daughter in South-West London.

Jeanne Holm

Jeanne Holm

Senior Technology Advisor to the Mayor, Assistant General Manager and Deputy CIO
Information Technology Agency, City of Los Angeles

As a leader in open data, education, community-building, and civic innovation, Jeanne Holm empowers people to discover new knowledge and collaborate to improve life on Earth and beyond. Jeanne is the Deputy CIO and Senior Technology Advisor to the Mayor for the City of Los Angeles, bringing technical innovations to 4 million people. Her work in Los Angeles focuses on delivering great city services like 311, public television, and social media, and public-private collaborations for technology innovations ranging from data science to broadband to autonomous vehicles. She was formerly the Evangelist for Data.Gov for the White House, the leader for African open data for the World Bank, and the Chief Knowledge Architect at NASA. She is a Distinguished Instructor at UCLA, a Fellow of the United Nations International Academy of Astronautics, and the Director for Education for In Unison, a charity that promotes peace and social justice through education and music. She is the President of Open Data Collaboratives, managers of the Africa Open Data Conference series.

Thomas Seiler

Thomas Seiler

Chief Executive Officer, Head of Marketing and Sales

Thomas Seiler has served as a member of the Board of Directors and as CEO since the incorporation of u-blox Holding AG in 2007. He serves as CEO and Head of Marketing and Sales of u-blox AG since 2002. In 2006 he was appointed Member of the Board of Directors of u-blox AG. Thomas Seiler holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) and an MBA diploma from INSEAD, France. In 1987 he was appointed Member of the Executive Committee of Melcher Holding AG, Switzerland, and CEO from 1991 to 1998. Thereafter, he served as CEO of Kistler Holding AG, Switzerland from 1999 to 2001. Thomas Seiler is a Member of the Board of Artum AG, Switzerland.

Nigel Swycher

Nigel Swycher


Nigel Swycher is the founder and CEO of Aistemos, a leading IP analytics and strategy company with headquarters in London. Nigel was formerly a partner in Slaughter and May and Olswang advising companies on a broad range of intellectual property and patent issues. Nigel is recognized by the IAM 300 as one of the leading advisers on IP strategy. Cipher Automotive harnesses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to understand who owns patented technologies, to enhance competitive intelligence available to R&D, M&A and strategy teams at the heart of the deals that will transform the sector. Nigel is also a director of the Open Register of Patent Ownership ( dedicated to improving transparency associated with who owns the world’s patents.

Tracey  Zhen

Tracey Zhen


Tracey Zhen oversees Zipcar’s entire whirring operation, from cutting edge mobility innovations to the nuts and bolts of, well, the nuts and bolts. With a career that began in banking and carried her through strategy and management, Ms Zhen brings experience to Zipcar that doubled down on both tech innovation and financial fundamentals. She was a Zipster already when she assumed her role here, having just finished a career at TripAdvisor. There she served as VP & general manager of FlipKey, where she led the travel giant’s rapid growth in to the competitive vacation rental space.
Ms Zhen has lived in New York, London and now finds herself just a healthy walk from Zipcar’s Home Office in Boston. When she’s not busy steering us through the fast paced world of shared mobility, she takes advantage of snowy New England to hit some downhill runs at nearby ski resorts.
She is a graduate of NYU’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business holding dual BS degrees in both Finance and Information Systems.


Chair and Moderators (3)

Michael Pooler

Michael Pooler

Industry Reporter
Financial Times

Michael Pooler is a reporter at the Financial Times, with a beat covering steel, engineering, general manufacturing and logistics. He joined the industry team in September 2015 after working on the World news desk for a year. Mr Pooler joined the FT in March 2014, doing companies and emerging markets reporting. Prior to that, he worked at a specialist financial publication covering infrastructure.  

Peter  Campbell

Peter Campbell

Motor Industry Correspondent
Financial Times

Peter Campbell is the Financial Times’ Motor Industry Correspondent, based in London but with a global remit. He leads the FT’s coverage of the industry, online and in print, and works with a team of local correspondents around the world to cover the major car makers, industry trends and technological breakthroughs. Prior to this, he covered technology and UK company news for the FT. Mr Campbell joined the FT in November 2015, after spending five years on the Daily Mail’s business team covering a host of areas including energy, media, telecoms, technology, industry and tax. He was named Young Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards for 2014 for reports on Huawei’s activities in China, Pfizer’s failed takeover of AstraZeneca and BT’s drive into mobile. Mr Campbell holds a BA in Politics from the University of York. Like many parents with three small children, he drives a Ford S-Max. Follow Peter on Twitter @Petercampbell1  

Izabella Kaminska

Izabella Kaminska

Founding Editor
FT Alphaville

Izabella Kaminska joined FT Alphaville in October 2008 and reports and blogs on technological, collaborative and digital trends, central banking, money, commodities and markets. Before joining the Financial Times, she worked as a producer at CNBC, a natural gas reporter at Platts and an associate editor of BP’s internal magazine. She has also worked as a reporter on English language business papers in Poland and Azerbaijan and was a Reuters graduate trainee in 2004. She studied Ancient History at University and has always been interested in central banks, commodities and market structure.

Agenda - 15th May

  • 9:00am
    Registration, tea & coffee
  • 9:50am
    Opening Keynote Address and Interview

    Violeta Bulc, Commissioner for Transport, European Union 

    with Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:55am
    Chair's Opening Remarks

    Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 10:20am
    Evolution or Revolution?

    Our panel of car industry disruptors, innovators and mobility pioneers will reveal what they think the future holds for the car in the new mobility ecosystem, and the impact this will have on industry dynamics, structures, business models, and value creation. Will the new mobility future happen overnight? Or is this going to be a slower, more incremental process?

    Sigrid de Vries, Secretary General, European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA)

    Moderated by Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 11:00am
    The Legal Landscape
  • 11:30am
    PANEL: New Partnerships in the New Mobility Ecosystem

    As new technologies and consumer behavior revolutionize the way people and goods get from A to B, traditional car-makers around the world are beginning to seek new partnerships and new relationships. They are courting - and being courted by - big tech, start-up tech, insurance companies, car-sharing businesses, cyber-security firms and city authorities. Success in the new data-driven mobility landscape will rely on these new alliances, new relationships with customers and new strategic partnerships. Partnership models in this new mobility ecosystem are only just beginning to take shape. Who's partnering with who, and how are these partnerships structured? 

    Moderated by Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 12:10pm
    Industry spotlight
  • 12:20pm
    Industry spotlight
  • 12:40pm
    Circular Dialogues

    Freestyle peer-to-peer discussion amongst delegates to discuss and reflect on the morning session

  • 1:00pm
  • 2:15pm
    Afternoon Industry Keynote
  • 2:45pm

    China is a significant force in the transportation and mobility market. The country’s Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) on national economy and social development contains significant growth goals tied to innovation-driven development. Underestimating China as a major innovator in transportation would be dangerous. Contributors to this panel will provide insight and analysis on China’s role in the development of the future of the car.

    Moderated by Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 3:30pm
    Tea & coffee break
  • 3:50pm
    AI and the analysis of innovation

    Automotive OEMs and their suppliers have been patenting foundational technologies for over 100 years, but as the car transforms into a smartphone, so does the technology ecosystem. How do you know who’s doing what and where? How can you derive insight from 100m patents owned by 1m different owners? Does connectivity mean a fresh IP royalty on every car? 

    Nigel Swycher, CEO, Aistemos 

  • 4:10pm

    While the car continues to be an impressive feat of design and engineering, it isn’t what it used to be. These days, a car is an increasingly complex piece of software capable of generating vast amounts of in-vehicle and environmental data – data that can be monetized, that can be used to strengthen customer relationships, that can enrich the driving experience, as well as dramatically improve safety on our roads. It sounds great, so why hasn’t it happened yet?

    Leyre Olavarría Abín, Head of Connected Car, SEAT 
    Thomas Seiler, CEO, u-blox
    Sandy Fershee, Global Manager, User Experience, Ford Motor Company (US) 
    Sebastian Peck, Managing Director, InMotion Ventures, Jaguar Land Rover

    Moderated by Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 4:50pm
    Fireside chat: The connected car and the age of intelligence

    Where is the value? We have more data than ever before but how does it make a difference in terms of business process efficiency and the end consumer
    What are the service propositions that matter most in the automotive and mobility space and what sort of Intelligence is required
    What are the skills and how will different actors in the automotive and mobility space collaborate

    Jonathan Hewitt, CMO, Octo in conversation with Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times 

  • 5:10pm
    Closing Keynote Address and Interview

    The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    Interview with Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 5:40pm
    Closing Remarks and Drinks Reception

Agenda - 16th May

  • 8:30am
    Registration and Networking Tea and Coffee
  • 9:00am
    FT Chair's Opening Remarks

    Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times 

  • 9:05am
    Opening Keynote and Interview

    Håkan Samuelsson, President & CEO, Volvo

    with Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:40am

    Ford recently appointed the head of its smart mobility division as CEO, a strong indicator of the importance car-makers are beginning to place on autonomy. In terms of its disruptive power, autonomy has some far-reaching implications. The insurance and energy industry will be impacted as will society more widely. As the challenger car-makers look to be stealing the march, how are the incumbents responding?

    Padmasree Warrior, CEO, NIO U.S. 
    Edward Fischer, Technologies and Systems Director, Sanef  
    Karl Gray, Global Head of Casualty and Mobility, Zurich 

    Moderated by Michael Pooler, Industry Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:20am
    Connected Car Spotlight

    Speaker to be confirmed, Ericsson

  • 10:40am
    Circular Dialogues

    Freestyle peer-to-peer discussion amongst delegates to discuss and reflect on the morning session

  • 11:00am
    Networking Tea and Coffee Break
  • 11:50am
    In conversation: Sharing Vs Ownership

    The sharing economy is a big disrupter and is pushing traditional OEMs into transforming themselves from car manufactures into so-called ‘mobility’ companies. In this in conversation session, we will discuss the new business models and partnerships, the regulatory obstacles, and consumer dynamics at work in the car-sharing economy.

    Tracey Zhen, President, Zipcar, US 

    with Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 12:00pm
    The changing demands of leadership in the auto industry

    Chris Donkin, Head of Industrial & Technology Practice, INZiTO Partnership

  • 12:10pm
    Trust but Verify

    Why independent testing is essential to validate manufacturer claims about safety, fuel economy & emissions. Understanding the role of New Car Assessment Programmes in building a market for safety and how independent consumer testing can help overcome the loss of trust caused by ‘dieselgate’ and overcome public reluctance to embrace more autonomous driving.

    David Ward, Secretary General, Global NCAP 

  • 12:20pm

    France recently announced that it will ban all diesel and petrol cars by 2040. Volvo, meanwhile, has said it will stop making vehicles powered solely by the internal combustion engine. Volvo is the first big manufacturer to do this. It’s only a matter of time before the others follow suit. This panel will focus on the conditions and actions necessary to accelerate EV adoption.

    Chris Harris, CEO, YASA
    David Martell, CEO, Chargemaster 
    Moderated by Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times 

  • 1:00pm
  • 2:00pm
    AVs in the city: How safe is safe?

    As more autonomous vehicle developers join the transportation ecosystem, the industry pushes closer to commercial models becoming a reality. In partnership with government, industry leaders have a critical responsibility to define a safety threshold for AV operation on public roads. Join Karl Iagnemma, president of nuTonomy, to explore the challenges and opportunities presented when we ask the question: “How safe is safe?”

    Karl Iagnemma, CEO and co-Founder, nuTonomy

  • 2:30pm

    Advances in car and infrastructure technology is of significant interest to national governments and city authorities, particularly for environmental reasons. New ride sharing schemes and autonomous and electric vehicles will mean lower pollution levels, fewer accidents and less traffic congestion. Carmakers, infrastructure companies and city planners will join this panel to discuss how they will need to work together to make the future that they see for the car in the urban setting a reality.

    Sarah-Jayne Williams, Director, Smart Mobility, Ford of Europe 
    Jeanne Holm, Senior Technology Advisor to the Mayor, Assistant General Manager and Deputy CIO, Information Technology Agency, City of Los Angeles, US 
    Finlay Clark, UK County Manager, Waze 
    Moderated by Izabella Kaminska, Founding Editor, FT Alphaville 

  • 3:15pm
    Innovation in Infrastructure

    Santiago Rodríguez, Director, Abertis Mobility Services

  • 3:30pm
    Tea and Coffee Break
  • 4:00pm

    As data proliferates, so do the possibilities of a breach – intentional or otherwise. The car is now a cyber-physical device. This means that not only can it be broken into with a crow-bar, its databanks and control systems can be hijacked too. Individuals are therefore increasingly at risk of identity theft. Terrorists, meanwhile, will certainly be trying to find a way to weaponize individual vehicles or whole fleets. How is the industry working together to protect our personal security and protect us as citizens against malicious attacks? What more needs to be done?

    Siraj Ahmed Shaikh, Professor of Systems Security, Institute for Future Transport and Cities, Coventry University

    Moderated by Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 4:30pm
    Fireside chat

    Jim Adler, MD, Toyota AI Ventures in conversation with Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times 

  • 4:50pm
    The LEX debate: Car makers will never again attain the level of profitability they have enjoyed in this cycle
  • 5:20pm
    Closing Keynote Interview
  • 5:40pm
    Chair’s closing remarks and end of conference

Why Attend?

You'll get great ideas, useful tips and practical tools to help you perform better at work, and step-up your career. More specifically, you will:

  • Discover how OEMs are leveraging their assets in new ways beyond their own core business
  • Meet new strategic partners that could add competitive value and safe-guard market share
  • Move beyond the hype and find out what's really going on in one of the world's fastest-moving industries 
  • Hear updates on demand patterns in the global automotive market
  • Learn about the latest technological breakthroughs in connectivity and automation
  • Discuss ways of improving manufacturing and distribution processes
  • Understand the latest cyber-threats and what they mean for the automotive industry
  • Connect with automotive thought leaders from around the world

Who Attends?

FT Live has a reputation for delivering very senior board level audiences to attend a wide range of world class thought-leadership events across the globe for nearly 40 years.

  • Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs)
  • Automotive industry infrastructure and equipment suppliers
  • Information technology suppliers
  • Consultancies
  • Banks and Private Equity

Job Titles:

  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Chief Technical Officer
  • Chief Engineer
  • Chief Investment Officer
  • Country Director
  • VP, Strategic Development
  • Head of Automotive Sector
  • Head of R&D
  • Head of Operations
  • Head of Marketing
  • Head of Production
  • Head of Product Strategy
  • Head of Connectivity
  • Head of Automotive Standardization
  • Standardization Director
  • Commercial Director
  • Sales Director
  • Business Development Director
  • Director of Design
  • Research and Innovation Director
  • Director of Hybrid / Electric Vehicles
  • Director of Powertrain
  • Director of Product Management
  • Senior Partner, Automotive
  • Principal Analyst

2018 Attendees

This year's attendees include: 

  • Aston Martin 
  • Audi UK
  • Bentley Motors
  • BMW Group
  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Services UK
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Jaguar Landrover
  • Lamborghini
  • Mazda Motors UK
  • McLaren Automotive
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Renault
  • Skoda
  • Tata Technologies
  • Toyota
  • Vauxhall Motors
  • Volkswagon
  • Volvo Car UK

Why Sponsor?

  • Gain access to senior decision makers across the full spectrum of the automotive industry
  • Brand alignment with the FT and its unrivalled credibility
  • Demonstrate thought leadership around the current critical issues affecting the automotive sector
  • Benefit from sustained international visibility through our advertising and marketing campaigns


Ticket Type        

Early Bird (Valid until 15 March 2018)                                                  £949+VAT
Standard Summit Ticket                                                                        £1049+VAT




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The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 840,000. Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving more than half of total traffic.

Lead Sponsors (3)

The fast lane to finding patented technology

There are millions of automotive patents and billions spent on obtaining and maintaining them. Most of these patents relate to technologies which in 10 years time will be as strategic to global strategy as the horse to Henry Ford. The evolution of automotive technologies, and specifically the acceleration of autonomous, electrification and connected cars will change the way we think about patents.

Cipher Automotive is the first analytics software to analyse who owns patented technologies, to enhance the competitive intelligence available to R&D, M&A and strategy teams at the heart of the deals that will transform the sector.

Nigel Swycher, CEO and founder of Aistemos, will deliver his keynote on the importance of automotive patents at the FT Future of the Car conference. 

Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society – a world leader in communications technology and services. Our long-term relationships with every major telecom operator in the world allow people, business and society to fulfill their potential and create a more sustainable future.

Our services, software and infrastructure – especially in mobility, broadband and the cloud – are enabling the telecom industry and other sectors to do better business, increase efficiency, improve the user experience and capture new opportunities.

With approximately 118,000 professionals and customers in 180 countries, we combine global scale with technology and services leadership.  We support networks that connect more than 2.5 billion subscribers. Forty percent of the world's mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks.Our investments in research and development ensure that our solutions and our customers – stay in front.

Octo is the number 1 global provider of telematics and data analytics solutions for the auto insurance industry. Founded in 2002, Octo invented the insurance telematics industry. Today, Octo is the largest and most experienced insurance telematics company in the world, transforming auto insurance through behavioral, contextual and driving analytics for more than 60 insurance partners. Octo has more than 4 million connected users and the largest global database of telematics data, with over 100 billion miles of driving data collected and 250,000 crashes and insurance events analyzed. Octo applies proprietary algorithms to this market-leading database to deliver powerful new insights into driver risk, informing solutions that benefit both auto insurance companies and policyholders. The company is headquartered in London, with offices in Boston, Rome, Stuttgart, Madrid, and San Paolo.

-    14 years of Flawless Execution in the Insurance Industry
-    4.2 Million Worldwide Active Customers on the Road
-    Over 150 Worldwide Insurance Partners, Car Makers and Rental Companies (*)
-    Up to 239.000 data points recorded, processed and stored every minute
-    264 Billion data points analysed to deliver insight to our Partners
-    123 Terabyte as database     

(*): commercial projects

Associate Sponsor (1)

Founded in 1997 as a spin-off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH), Switzerland, u-blox provides essential technologies for wireless communication and positioning for the automotive, industrial and consumer markets. u-blox’s high-end solutions enable people, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules and software solutions, the company is uniquely positioned to empower OEMs to develop innovative smart solutions for autonomous driving, smart cities, smart industry and wearables, quickly and cost effectively.

u-blox is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange since 2007, as SIX:UBXN. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, it is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia and the USA, with more than 900 employees.

You can learn more about u-blox via LinkedIn, Twitter @ublox and YouTube.

Supporting Partner (1)

CLEPA is the European Association of Automotive Suppliers. Over 120 of the world’s most prominent suppliers for car parts, systems and modules and more than 20 national and European associations are members of CLEPA. Based in Brussels, Belgium, CLEPA is recognised as the natural discussion partner by the European Institutions, United Nations and fellow associations (ACEA, JAMA, MEMA, etc.).

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