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FT Future of the Car Summit USA 2019

Leading the Mobility Revolution

Detroit |
Speakers include:
Rachel Kuhn

Rachel Kuhn

General Motors

Jim Farley

Jim Farley


Mamatha Chamarthi

Mamatha Chamarthi

FCA, North America and Asia Pacific


As the automotive industry and the world around it changes, knowledge and preparation will make the difference between success and failure. The FT Future of the Car Summit USA 2019 will examine how car-makers are both preparing for the future of the car in the new mobility ecosystem and taking a lead in delivering it. 

Join over 150 of the most influential players from across the industry for a day of compelling insights and unmissable networking, so that you can be on the success side of the revolution that is brewing. Skillfully moderated by our world-class journalists, an unrivaled selection of experts, innovators and influencers will delve into a wide range of issues, including: 

  • As new types of car are introduced, how will production lines and supply chains be updated? 
  • Durability and longevity will be essential for self-driving vehicles, but how will this affect business models?   
  • As urban mobility is transformed by autonomy and connectivity, how will cars fit into the picture? 
  • Right here, right now, what are the environmental challenges, how is consumer demand changing, and how do we increase diversity?
fallback Add to my Calendar 10/29/2019 08:00:0010/29/2019 17:25:00trueFT Future of the Car Summit USA 2019As the automotive industry and the world around it changes, knowledge and preparation will make the difference between success and failure. The FT Future of the Car Summit USA 2019 will examine how car-makers are both preparing for the future of the car in the new mobility ecosystem and taking a lead in delivering it. Join over 150 of the most influential players from across the industry for a day of compelling insights and unmissable networking, so that you can be on the success side of the revolution that is brewing. Skillfully moderated by our world-class journalists, an unrivaled selection of experts, innovators and influencers will delve into a wide range of issues, including: As new types of car are introduced, how will production lines and supply chains be updated? Durability and longevity will be essential for self-driving vehicles, but how will this affect business models?   As urban mobility is transformed by autonomy and connectivity, how will cars fit into the picture? Right here, right now, what are the environmental challenges, how is consumer demand changing, and how do we increase diversity?FT-Future-of-the-Car-Summit-USA-2019720099dad2cba023c0920d8d360eff65MM/DD/YYYY

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Speakers (19)

Rachel Kuhn

Rachel Kuhn

Director, Global Innovation
General Motors

As Director of Global Innovation for General Motors, Rachel Kuhn is responsible for defining and incubating internal startups within GM, driving topline growth for the company. She held a prior role as Director of Special Projects for General Motors, where she was responsible for articulating General Motors’ strategies around EV, AV, and shared mobility to drive investor insights into the company’s future value. Before that, Kuhn was part of the founding team at Maven, GM’s mobility startup, and served as a company officer as well as the Chief Growth Officer.

Jim Farley

Jim Farley

President, New Businesses, Technology & Strategy

James “Jim” D. Farley, Jr. is president, New Businesses, Technology & Strategy. In this role, he is leading Ford’s strategic transformation into a higher growth, higher margin business by leveraging smart, connected vehicles and breakthrough customer experiences. Farley oversees Corporate Strategy, Global Data Insight and Analytics, Global Partnerships, Research & Advanced Engineering as well as Ford Smart Mobility and Ford Autonomous Vehicles. He reports to Jim Hackett, Ford president and CEO.

Previously, Farley served as executive vice president and president of Global Markets, Ford Motor Company. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing Ford’s business units, The Americas; Europe, Middle East & Africa and Asia Pacific. In addition, Farley oversaw The Lincoln Motor Company, global Marketing & Sales and the strategy and business model development for electrified vehicles.

From 2015 to 2017, Farley served as executive vice president and president, Ford Europe, Middle East and Africa. In this role, he led Ford’s business transformation in Europe, executing the plan to achieve profitable growth through an unprecedented focus on new products, a strong brand and increased cost efficiency. In 2016, he led Ford’s European operations to record profitability, record margins and increased sales.

Prior to his position in Ford Europe, Middle East and Africa, Farley served as executive vice president of Global Marketing, Sales & Service where he led the company’s drive to connect more closely with customers through integrated global marketing, advertising, digital communications, brand development and research. He also was instrumental in leading the ongoing reinvention of the Lincoln brand, setting it on a path for growth as a world-class luxury brand and customer experience, including the launch of the all-new Lincoln MKC and Lincoln’s introduction in China.

When he was appointed to lead global marketing sales and service in August 2010, it marked the first time Ford had a single global leader for Marketing, Sales & Service. He also held operating responsibility as the senior global leader for Lincoln from December 2012 to August 2014.

Prior to that, Farley was group vice president, global marketing and Canada, Mexico and South America. He had added responsibility for Ford’s operations in Canada, Mexico and South America in September 2009.

Before joining Ford in November 2007, Farley was group vice president and general manager of Lexus, responsible for all sales, marketing and customer satisfaction activities for Toyota’s luxury brand. Before leading Lexus, Farley served as group vice president of Toyota Division marketing and was responsible for all Toyota Division market planning, advertising, merchandising, sales promotion, incentives and internet activities.

Farley joined Toyota in 1990 in the strategic planning department and served in several product and marketing positions in the United States and Europe. One of Farley’s most noted accomplishments is his responsibility for the successful launch and rollout of Toyota’s new Scion brand.

Born in 1962, Farley attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and computer science, and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he completed his MBA with a focus in finance. He and his wife, Lia, have three children.

Mamatha Chamarthi

Mamatha Chamarthi

Chief Information Officer
FCA, North America and Asia Pacific

Mamatha Chamarthi was appointed Chief Information Officer, FCA, North America and Asia Pacific effective April 2019. She oversees all information technology applications and infrastructure in support of business units located in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Asia Pacific. Previously, Ms. Chamarthi was Senior Vice President & Chief Digital Officer for ZF Friedrichshafen AG where she was responsible for the company’s full range of digital strategies and for driving change across the organization, including establishing a global footprint to create a talent ecosystem that will close the technology gap for ZF to be a leader in autonomous driving.

Jim Adler

Jim Adler

Managing Director
Toyota AI Ventures

Jim Adler is the founding managing director of Toyota AI Ventures, and an executive advisor at the Toyota Research Institute (TRI). He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Toyota Financial Savings Bank and the Investment Committee of JetBlue Technology Ventures, and he is a member of the Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. Jim joined Toyota AI Ventures from TRI, where he served as vice president of data and business development. Prior to that, Jim 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, Jim was the vice president of data systems and chief privacy officer at Intelius, which was acquired by H.I.G. Capital. In addition, he founded VoteHere, a pioneer in cryptographic secure and secret online voting for public elections that was funded by Cisco and HP, among others. Jim 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.

Davor Andric

Davor Andric

Chief Technology Officer, Autonomous Driving, AI and Head of Robotic Drive Engineering
DXC Technology

Davor Andric is an accomplished computer science technologist, a technology leader and a passionate developer of autonomous driving and AI technology. Over the last 20 years, Davor has been working in the consulting, software and technology. His expertise is in designing and building scalable platforms for analytics, machine learning and AI, and building products on those platforms. He knows how to build a large technology project & products and bring it to a successful end. He’s good with both people and machines and has obtained several awards for technology excellence as a solution architect. His passions are in solving hard problems and making things work. A chief technologist with a rare fusion of enterprise architecture, excellent development and technology know-how. Davor brings experience in directly working with customers including both the corporate world and government.

Patrick Ayad

Patrick Ayad

Hogan Lovells

Patrick Ayad is a Partner at Hogan Lovells, a leading global law firm with a strong industry sector focus, including in the automotive, mobility, technology and consumer markets. He leads the firm's global Automotive and Mobility Industry Sector Group. Patrick is a leading global practitioner in the areas of international commercial contracts, global procurement and distribution law, as well as an experienced regulatory advisor. With more than 15 years of experience, Patrick brings considerable knowledge on both commercial and regulatory matters especially in the automotive and mobility industry sectors. He is highly recognized in his field by reputable directories such as Chambers, JUVE and Legal 500, according to which Patrick has an "excellent reputation in the automotive industry." Patrick has advised automotive manufacturers and major suppliers as well as new entrants to the automotive market across the globe on a broad range of legal issues. The fast developing field of autonomous, connected, electric and shared vehicles is a current focus of his work. Patrick received his law degrees from the University of Munich (Dipl. jur, Dr. jur.) and the University of Oxford (M.Jur.).

Chris  Borroni-Bird

Chris Borroni-Bird


Dr Christopher Borroni-Bird is Founder of Afreecar LLC and an expert on sustainable and affordable mobility for ALL the world’s people. This builds on his 25 year career leading advanced mobil- ity initiatives at several major organizations as well as volunteer work in sub-Saharan Africa. At Afreecar he is developing a solar machine that provides power and transport to peo- ple in off-grid rural areas, while also consulting on future mobility in the developed world. He has recently served as Waymo’s Chief Engineer for Future Vehicle Programs and as a Research Scientist at MIT Media Lab. From 2012 to 2017, he was Qualcomm’s VP of Strategic Development, responsible for wireless automotive solutions (e.g. wireless EV charging and V2X communications).

 Lance Bultena

Lance Bultena

Senior Counsel
Hogan Lovells

Lance Bultena improves clients' business outcomes by helping them to understand the regulatory and public policy environment in order to stay ahead of developments in these areas. He has been deeply involved in every major regulatory and legislative issue in the US automotive sector since 1995 and routinely discusses issues in this area with business executives and senior government policy-makers. With a deep understanding of economic issues and a background in regulation and public policy, Lance helps clients evaluate the impact of public sector developments on businesses, develop strategies to optimally manage that impact, and then beneficially influence regulatory and legislative outcomes. In this process, Lance normally works with a client's legal and public policy teams as well as the senior executives.

Mike Flewitt

Mike Flewitt

Chief Executive Officer
McLaren Automotive

Mike Flewitt joined McLaren Automotive as Chief Operating Officer in June 2012 and became Chief Executive Officer in July 2013. Since becoming CEO, he has presided over the significant growth of the business, in terms of product development, turnover and profit. Under his tenure, the company has launched its three-tier product family – Sports Series, Super Series and Ultimate Series - and introduced a total of 10 new cars or derivatives. 2015 marked the company’s third successive year of profitability with operating profits of £23.5M from revenues of £450.6M. In 2019 the brand celebrated the manufacture of its 20,000th car. Looking forwards, Mike has recently led the Management team and Board of Directors to the approval of Track25, the business plan that looks to the next six years of growth. This will see the company unveil 18 new models or derivatives with 100 per cent of its sportscars and supercars hybrid by 2024. Prior to joining McLaren Automotive, Mike was Vice President, Manufacturing, Ford of Europe, and Corporate Officer, Ford Motor Company.  Before joining Ford, he held senior manufacturing and operations roles at TWR Group Limited, AutoNova AB and Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motor Cars Limited. He qualified in Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering in 1987 and completed a post-graduate qualification in Management and Project Management at Salford University in 1996.

Jascha Franklin-Hodge

Jascha Franklin-Hodge

Executive Director
Open Mobility Foundation

Jascha Franklin-Hodge is the Executive Director of the Open Mobility Foundation (OMF). This city-led foundation helps government and industry collaborate to develop open source tools and data standards that support adoption and regulation of emerging mobility technology. He previously served in the cabinet of Mayor Martin J. Walsh as Boston’s Chief Information Officer, and lead the City’s Department of Innovation and Technology. He managed a team responsible for the City’s efforts to build exceptional, user-centered digital services, harness data to improve quality of life, empower City employees with effective technology, and improve access to the Internet and technical skills training for all Boston residents. Previously, he co-founded Blue State Digital (BSD) where he oversaw the development and operation of the BSD Tools, an online fundraising, email, and CRM platform that raised over $1B and powered the digital presence of President Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns. Mr Franklin-Hodge has been a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, working at the intersection of mobility, technology, and public policy, and a consultant to the private sector on new mobility and smart cities. He serves on the boards of LivableStreets Alliance, Tech Goes Home, and MITX (Massachusetts Information Technology Exchange). He studied computer science at MIT.

Russell Hensley

Russell Hensley

McKinsey & Company

Russell Hensley is a Partner in McKinsey’s Detroit Office and a senior leader within the Firm’s Global Automotive and Assembly Practice.  He joined McKinsey in 2003, has focused the past 16 years on strategic and operational transformations within the global automotive and multiple related industries and leads the global automotive knowledge agenda for the Global Practice.  Prior to McKinsey, he led Vehicle Engineering Operations at Ricardo Consulting Engineers and at the Motor Industry Research Association, both in North America. Russell has a Bachelor of Engineering with Honors in Mechanical Engineering from Leeds University, England, and a Masters in Business Administration, with Distinction, from The University of Michigan, USA.

Blair LaCorte

Blair LaCorte


Blair LaCorte is an accomplished leader and strategist with a long history of leveraging his change management skills to drive operational alignment and company growth. Prior to AEye, he served as global president of PRG, the world’s largest live event technology and services company. He was also CEO of XOJET, one of the fastest growing aviation companies in history and the largest private charter company in North America. He also served as a managing director and operating partner at TPG, a premier private equity firm with over $91B in global investments. Blair has held numerous executive and general management positions in private and public technology and investment companies throughout his career, including: VerticalNet, ICGE, Savi Technologies, Autodesk and Sun Microsystems. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maine and holds an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, where he later served as an executive fellow at the Center for Digital Strategies. He has garnered numerous patents across several domains, served on the Senate’s High Tech Advisory Board, and has been named an “Innovator of the Year” by NASA. Blair is an investor and astronaut in training with Virgin Galactic, as well as an Investor in Moon Express, designer of the next generation of robotic spacecraft systems.

Dennis Nobelius

Dennis Nobelius


Dennis Nobelius is the CEO of Zenuity, the Joint Venture between Volvo Cars & Veoneer. He has an extensive experience within product development and leading positions within manufacturing. Before joining Zenuity, he was the Managing Director of Volvo Car Switzerland. Previous major achievements were to lead the development for the All-New Volvo XC90 (including the new SPA platform), and simultaneously lead the development of the Volvo 90 model range (S90, V90 and V90 Cross Country). His background also covers running an entrepreneurial IT business and he has a PhD degree in Technology Management.

Audrey Reed

Audrey Reed

Hogan Lovells
Michael Ronen

Michael Ronen

Managing Partner
SoftBank Investment Advisors

Michael Ronen is Managing Partner of Softbank Investment Advisers where he focuses on investing in next-generation Automotive and Transportation companies, as well as Artificial Intelligence and Communications companies. Michael joined Softbank in 2017 after 19 years at Goldman Sachs where most recently he was a Partner Managing Director and served as co-chief operating officer of the Global Technology, Media and Telecom Group and a member of the Investment Banking Operating Committee. Michael was a member of Goldman Sachs’ M&A Group and the founder of the Automotive Technology effort at Goldman Sachs. Michael earned an LLB (JD) from Tel-Aviv University in 1994 and an MBA, with distinction, from the Stern School of Business at NYU in 1998.

Bret Scott

Bret Scott

VP of Partnerships

Bret has spent more than three decades in the automotive industry.  His career began at General Motors, where he designed and tested advanced infotainment and telematics hardware, leading to better performance and ergonomics.  From there, he moved to Silicon Valley to head Volkswagen’s vehicle integration at their Electronics Research Laboratory, bringing future technologies to the vehicle development process, and automotive principles to the Bay Area.  He moved with Volkswagen to Virginia as Program Manager of their midsize and premium vehicles, helping the company increase market share and improve residual value.  He carried his prior learnings to FCA to help launch its connected services in various regions, and to head its efforts in Silicon Valley.  At wejo, Bret uses his experience to bring companies together to benefit from the brokerage of vehicle data, a new value chain for the automotive industry. 

Ali Seddiki

Ali Seddiki

Managing Director, Industry
Ministry of Industry, Trade and Green and Digital Economy, Morocco

Ali Seddiki is Managing Director in charge of Industry. Prior to this, He was Director in charge of Aeronautics, Rail, Naval and Renewable Energies in the Ministry of Industry and Project Leader for the Boeing Ecosystem in Morocco. He was a member of the Minister’s Office. He was also an advisor to the Minister for the Aerospace industry. Mr Seddiki set up the Industrial Acceleration Plan (IAP), a 5-year strategy for boosting Moroccan industry, launched in 2014. He was in charge of setting up the IAP for Aerospace, Naval, Rail and Renewable Energies.   

Chris Urmson

Chris Urmson

Co-Founder and CEO

Chris Urmson is the co-founder and CEO of Aurora, the company building self-driving technology to deliver the benefits of the future of transportation safely, quickly, and broadly. Chris has been instrumental in instigating and advancing the development of self-driving vehicles and the industry for the last 15 years.  Before founding Aurora, Chris helped build Google’s self-driving car program and served as CTO. Prior, Chris was a faculty member of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University where he worked with house size trucks, drove robots around in deserts, and was the technical director of the DARPA Urban and Grand Challenge teams. He earned his PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and his BSc in computer engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1998.

Prescott Watson

Prescott Watson

Maniv Mobility

Prescott Watson has invested in, advised, and served in senior product roles for numerous high-growth tech companies in the US and Israel. Prescott became fintech startup OurCrowd's first employee in 2012, leading product for its online wealth management platform. OurCrowd is today a 200+ employee firm with $1B AUM and was recognized by KPMG as a "top 10" global fintech startup. In 2014, he joined OurCrowd's investment team, leading the seed round into AR startup Edgybees. He later actively advised Edgybees on their US product strategy and entrance into the defense market. He also participated in OurCrowd's investments in Zoomcar (where he served as a board observer), Innoviz, NooBaa (acquired by RedHat), Argus Cyber Security (acquired by Continental), Scopio Labs, Kenna Security, Celeno, Airobotics, Zebra Medical, Hyperloop One, and CyberX. Maniv is a $100M mobility-focused seed fund in Israel and the US run by thesis-driven investors with deep expertise and network access, enabling them to be effective hands-on partners to founders at the earliest stages. The Maniv portfolio includes the likes of Intuition Robotics, Phantom Auto, Cognata, Brodmann17, Hailo, Oryx Vision, and Upstream Security. Our LPs include over 10 strategics and numerous former executives from the automotive, transport and logistics space.


Chair and moderators (2)

Peter  Campbell

Peter Campbell

Global Motor Industry Correspondent
Financial Times

Peter Campbell is the Financial Times’ Global 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, Peter covered technology and UK company news for the FT, and has previously covered energy, media, telecoms, technology, industry and tax. He was named Young Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards for 2014. Peter holds a BA in Politics from the University of York. Follow Peter on Twitter @Petercampbell1

Patrick  McGee

Patrick McGee

San Francisco Correspondent
Financial Times

Patrick McGee is the FT’s San Francisco Correspondent covering Apple and US technology. He was previously in Frankfurt, writing about the Volkswagen scandal and the challenge to German carmakers from electric vehicles and self-driving tech. He joined the Financial Times in 2013 to cover Asian markets from Hong Kong. He was previously a bond reporter at the Wall Street Journal in New York. He has a Master's in Global Diplomacy from Soas, University of London, and a degree in Religious Studies from the University of Toronto.

Agenda - 29th Oct

  • 8:00am
    Breakfast and Registration
  • 9:00am
    Opening Remarks

    Peter Campbell, Global Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    Keynote Address: How has Morocco built a lasting & innovative automotive ecosystem for a sustainable mobility ecosystem?

    According to Fitch Group, Morocco is the 5th largest foreign exporter to Europe with an installed capacity of 700,000 vehicles that makes Morocco TOP1 in Africa.
    Today, the local integration rate for the industry is 60%. The design and the manufacturing of the engine are done by Moroccan engineers for OEMs.
    This was achieved thanks to an ambitious 5-year policy for the sector.

    Ali Seddiki, Managing Director, Industry, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Green and Digital Economy, Morocco

  • 9:25am
    Updating the Auto-Industry Roadmap
    • How is consumer demand changing?
    • How is capital deployment in OEMs changing?
    • Can the world afford a shift towards electric vehicles?
    • Will the million-mile car become standard?
    • Where does the government need to take a lead?

    Jim Adler, Managing Director, Toyota AI Ventures
    Lance Bultena, Senior Counsel, Hogan Lovells
    Dennis Nobelius, CEO, Zenuity

    Moderated by Peter Campbell, Global Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:55am
    Fireside Chat: Moving Quickly and Agilely

    Mike Flewitt, CEO of supercar maker McLaren Automotive, in conversation with Peter Campbell on the rapid growth of the company, a culture of fast innovation, the USP of the products and McLaren's push for lightweight as a future mobility solution essential to maintain performance attributes in McLaren's cars and, potentially, across the wider sector and even beyond.

    Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive

    In conversation with Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 10:20am
    The Human Impact of Connected Vehicle Data

    In-vehicle connectivity has the potential to positively impact us all. It will power shared ownership models, make our commutes easier, and even help to save lives. But all of that hinges on one key dynamic: consent. Ensuring owners and drivers are aware of the value exchange that they are participating in will unlock the inherent potential for both them and automotive manufacturers.
    Bret Scott, VP of Partnerships, wejo

    In conversation with Patrick McGee, San Francisco Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 10:40am
    Circular Dialogues

    In an effort to tap into the wealth of experience both on and off-stage, we have introduced circular dialogue sessions. These are scheduled opportunities built into the programme itself for our audience to reflect on what's just been said on stage, and to share their own professional experiences and insights with peers, speakers and journalists. 
    You will meet a great mix of automotive leaders through taking part in these small group conversations, helping deepen your understanding of how best to turn disruption in the car industry to advantage. Get a glimpse into how your counterparts are facing up to and responding to today's automotive challenges. Add to your professional contacts list. Bring lots of business cards.

  • 11:00am
    Tea & Coffee
  • 11:20am
    New Players with New Ideas

    Technological advances driving the future of the car are increasingly coming from outside the auto industry. Who are the major disruptors and what are they bringing to the market?

    Chris Borroni-Bird, Founder, Afreecar
    George Arison, co-Founder and co-CEO, Shift 

    In conversation with Patrick McGee, San Francisco Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 11:40am
    Connected Cars in Smart Cities

    As urban mobility is transformed by connectivity, autonomy and Mobility as a Service, how will cars fit into the picture and who will pay for the infrastructure?

    Jascha Franklin-Hodge, Executive Director, Open Mobility Foundation  
    Karina Ricks, Director of Mobility and Infrastructure, City of Pittsburgh
    Bret Scott, VP of Partnerships, wejo
    Moderated by Patrick McGee, San Francisco Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 12:10pm
    Accelerating Autonomy and Connectivity
    • How are data applications for connected cars evolving?
    • Could 5G be the key to a new era of connected and autonomous vehicles?
    • How is sensor technology for self-driving evolving?
    • How should self-driving cars be regulated and insured?
    • What could the timeline for self-driving cars look like?

    Blair LaCorte, President, AEye
    Patrick Ayad, Partner and Global Head Automotive and Mobility, Hogan Lovells

    In conversation with Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 12:30pm
    A Tale of Many Cities: Taking the Global Pulse of Shared Mobility

    E-hailing has become a 120B+ market globally, as significant markets have emerged beyond China, US, and Europe - and its happening at the city level giving consumers more flexibility and convenience in mobility, while also creating real challenges for cities 

    - The drivers of the global growth and scope of consumer adoption
    - Key differences across global cities and consumers
    - Where e-hailing is changing consumer attitudes towards owning vehicles while creating a new market among e-hailing drivers
    - The challenges the e-hailing industry and cities face
    Russell Hensley, Partner, McKinsey, Detroit

  • 12:50pm
    Fireside chat: Innovating to solve challenges by failing fast & learning fast

    Rachel Kuhn, Director, Global Innovation, General Motors

    In conversation with Peter Campbell, Global Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times 

  • 1:10pm
    Lunch hour
  • 2:10pm
    Making AI smart enough for autonomous vehicles

    The vision for fully autonomous vehicles has yet to be realized. How realistic is it? Despite the increased availability of commercially available autonomous features up to SAE Level 3, achieving Level 5 autonomy will require a very different development approach. We’ll review current approaches and challenges for autonomous driving development, including human driver behavior, and examine what is needed to develop autonomous driving technologies for intelligent and safe real-time driving.

    Davor Andric, Chief Technology Officer of Autonomous Driving, AI and Head of Robotic Drive Engineering, DXC Technology

  • 2:30pm
    The Power of Partnerships

    Strategic alliances inside and outside the auto-industry are helping to bring new mobility solutions onto the market. What are some of the most exciting partnerships and investment opportunities?

    Prescott Watson, PrincipalManiv Mobility 

    In conversation with Patrick McGee, San Francisco Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 2:50pm
    JVs and Strategic Alliances: Observations from a Lawyer at the Negotiating Table
    • How do fit & culture influence success?
    • Governance and Change Management
    • Whose IP is it anyway?
    • Integration Planning
    • Breaking up is hard to do

    Audrey Reed, Partner, Hogan Lovells

  • 3:10pm
    Tea & Coffee break
  • 3:40pm
    Keynote conversation

    James Farley, President, New Businesses, Technology & Strategy, Ford
    In conversation with Peter Campbell, Global Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 4:10pm
    Fireside chat: Addressing the challenges of digital transformation in the car industry

    Mamatha Chamarthi, Chief Information Officer, North America and Asia, FCA

    In conversation with Peter Campbell, Global Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 4:30pm
    Fireside Chat: Advancing Mobility; Revitalising Cities

    Chris Urmson, co-founder & CEO, Aurora

    In conversation with Patrick McGee, San Francisco Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 4:50pm
    Closing KeynoteInterview

    A conversation on the changing transportation and logistics landscape, and the SoftBank Vision Fund's role in building the future of the industry. 

    Michael Ronen, Managing Partner, SoftBank Investment Advisors

    Interviewed by Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 5:20pm
    Chair's Closing Remarks

    Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

Who attends?

Senior executives from across the automotive eco-system. Most notably OEMs and their Tier 1 and Tier 2 Suppliers.

In addition you will meet investors, start-ups, consultancies, mobility tech providers and dealer groups.

Last year's attendees included:

AAM – AM General – Bridgestone – Daimler – FCA – Ford – General Motors – Hyundai – Isuzu – Karma Automotive – Kawasaki – Lyft – Mitsubishi – Nissan – Porsche – PSA – Toyota – Uber  - Volkswagen - Volvo



"Future of the Car Summit USA is a great venue for select senior industry executives to receive a quick read on the inputs and opportunities driving our strategy decisioning" 

"Non common insights from extraordinary people" 
ITT Motion Technologies

"Outstanding blend of topics regarding the new mobility economy" 
Dassault Systemes

"Strong moderation triggered insightful panel discussion across subject matter experts" 



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Presented By (1)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

Lead Sponsor (2)

DXC Technology, the world’s leading independent, end-to-end IT services company, manages and modernizes mission-critical systems, integrating them with new digital solutions to produce better business outcomes. The company’s global reach and talent, innovation platforms, technology independence and extensive partner network enable more than 6,000 private- and public-sector clients in 70 countries to thrive on change. For more information, visit

Morocco’s Investment and Export Development Agency is in charge of promoting national and foreign investment as well as export of goods and services.

For the automobile industry, Morocco’s Investment and Export Development Agency provides core services that enable smarter business decisions for the car makers and industry players:

  • Follow up with you throughout your entire project, from preparation to financing and execution.
  • Help you identify the best partners in Morocco and help along during the deal-making process.
  • Facilitate your access to international automotive markets and will help you sign export contracts with local players.
  • Help you identify the best opportunities abroad, and will follow up on you during the entire investment process regardless of your country of origin. 

Innovation Partner (1)

wejo is transforming the way the world moves through historical and real-time data. Interpreting the rich streams of data coming from connected vehicles, wejo partners with ethical, like-minded companies and individuals to turn that data into insights that unlock value for drivers, automotive manufacturers and the entire mobility ecosystem. Our current data stream comes from over 9 million cars – that’s more live cars than any other mobility provider, including Uber – and we are processing 13 billion datapoints every day.

wejo was established five years ago by CEO, Richard Barlow, with wejo’s name coming from ‘we journey’. His vision to create a world-leading automotive data company, able to tap into the emerging marketplace of connected vehicle data is now a reality and a multi-billion-dollar industry. As cars become more connected, both in volume and sophistication, the explosion of rich data can deliver real-time benefits for drivers and generate new revenue streams for automotive manufacturers.

Knowledge Partner (1)

McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm committed to helping organisations create Change that Matters.

In more than 130 cities and 65 countries, our teams help clients across the private, public and social sectors shape bold strategies and transform the way they work, embed technology where it unlocks value, and build capabilities to sustain the change. Not just any change, but Change that Matters – for their organisations, their people, and in turn society at large.

Legal Partner (1)

Change is happening faster than ever, and to stay ahead, you need to anticipate what’s next. Legal challenges come from all directions. We understand and work together with you to solve the toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centers around the world. As one of the leading international law firms, we support you whether you’re expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources, or dealing with increasingly complex regulation or disputes. Whether change brings opportunity, risk, or disruption, be ready by working with Hogan Lovells. More than 2,800 Hogan Lovells lawyers on six continents develop practical and tailor-made legal solutions according to your needs – highly specialized in the most important industries. Our global Automotive and Mobility Industry Group comprises more than 300 lawyers across the globe who all have considerable knowledge and experience in the automotive and mobility industry.

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AEye is an artificial perception pioneer and creator of iDAR™, a new form of intelligent data collection that acts as the eyes and visual cortex of autonomous vehicles. iDAR fuses solid-state agile LiDAR with a low-light HD camera, then integrates artificial intelligence to create a smart sensor that is fully software definable. AEye has pioneered breakthroughs in intelligent sensing, delivering accurate, intelligent data that enables effective, efficient, and safe vehicle autonomy. The company is backed by world-renowned investors and strategic partners including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Taiwania Capital, Intel Capital, Airbus Ventures, Hella Ventures, LG Electronics, Subaru-SBI, and Aisin.

Supporting Partner (1)

Marx Layne & Company’s automotive public relations expertise includes media relations, strategic communications planning, reputation management, executive positioning, industry networking and credentialing, digital and social media, crisis communication, special events and business-to-business direct marketing campaigns. Our vast experience is a result of 30+ years working with OEMs, Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers, mobility companies, logistics providers, tooling and metal cutting shops, engineering companies, turnaround management firms, law firms, and automotive retailers (both OEM and aftermarket). Further extending our overall reach, Marx Layne has been a strategic partner of a leading global public relations firm for more than a decade.

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Nikkei is a trusted media brand in Asia, known for its quality journalism and capability in providing business news and information. Founded as a market news media in Japan in 1876, Nikkei has grown to be one of the largest media conglomerates with 37 foreign editorial bureaus and approximately 1500 journalists worldwide, with another global media brand, the Financial Times, joining in our group in 2015. Nikkei is continually deploying new technology to find new ways to deliver news as a reliable source of information for the global community.

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