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ITS America promotes highlights of forthcoming Detroit meeting

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ITS America has announced a lineup of leading industry executives and city, state and federal government officials for its annual meeting being held 4-7 June in Detroit.

The theme of the meeting, “Transportation 2.0,” will be weaved throughout the three days of plenary sessions, demonstrations, and exhibits. Discussions will center around the future of transportation, intelligent mobility, and managing risk. 

“Changes happening today will fundamentally affect how people interact with transportation in the months and years ahead,” explained Shailen Bhatt, President and CEO of ITS America.  “We are thrilled to return to Detroit to talk about advances that will transform transportation.”

Programme highlights and speakers confirmed to date are as follows:

Tuesday, June 5 – The Future of Transportation

Keynote: Heidi King, Deputy Administrator, NHTSA

Mobility 2.0 Roundtable

  • Mark De La Vergne- Chief of Mobility Innovation, city of Detroit (moderator)
  • John Kwant – VP, City Solutions, Ford
  • Patrick Little – SVP and General Manager, Automotive, Qualcomm  
  • Alvaro Ramis, Head of Global Market Development, MOIA (Volkswagen Group)
  • Dr. Paul Rogers, Director, U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center 
  • Gary Smyth – Executive Director, Global Research and Development Laboratories, GM

Wednesday, June 6 – Intelligent Mobility


  • Mark Reuss, EVP Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, GM
  • Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan

Smart Communities/ Smart States Discussion

  • Governor John Hickenlooper, Colorado
  • Governor Rick Snyder, Michigan

Thursday, June 7 – Managing Risk in the 21st Century

Keynote: Tom Gebhardt, Chairman and CEO, Panasonic North America

 Cyber Security/Risk Management Panel 

  • Rajiv Das, Chief Security Officer, state of Michigan
  • Dave DeVries, CIO, state of Michigan
  • Faye Francy, Executive Director, Auto-ISAC
  • Cordell Schachter, CTO, NYC DOT
  • Morgan Wright, cyber security expert (moderator)

The conference will also feature a number of demonstrations; specific information will be available in the coming weeks. In addition, more than 100 organisations will participate in the exhibit hall.

In addition, the first in-person event in the Federal Highway Administration’s National Dialogue on Highway Automation series will be held on Thursday, June 7, in conjunction with the ITS America annual meeting.  The Dialogue aims to facilitate information sharing, identify key issues and prepare for integrating automated vehicles into the road network.


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