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The Information’s Autonomous Vehicles Summit

When will self-driving cars be able to safely navigate city streets? Join us for a half day of discussion and hear from leading experts in technology, business and policy surrounding autonomous vehicles.

Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

The safety of self-driving car prototypes and semi-autonomous driving features is being questioned like never before following several fatal collisions. At this event, we will explore the technical and operational challenges that need to be solved before self-driving cars can navigate streets safely. Attendees will hear from and speak to experts on key tech, business and policy issues. Breakout discussions will focus on current and new engineering methods; business models; mapping challenges; hardware such as sensors and microchips; electric vehicle architecture; and how to validate that the technology actually works.

Speakers to include

  • GM/Cruise’s Daniel Kan, Co-Founder & COO
  • Zoox’s Tim Kentley-Klay (CEO & Co-Founder) and Jesse Levinson (CTO & Co-Founder)
  • Daimler/Mercedes-Benz’s Axel Gern, VP, Autonomous Driving R&D
  • Zoox’s Mark Rosekind, Chief Safety Innovation Officer (formerly NHTSA Administrator)
  • Bosch’s Kay Stepper, VP, Driver Assistance & Automated Driving
  • Magna International’s Boris Shulkin, VP of Research & Development
  • Baidu’s Helen Pan, Director of Intelligent Driving Group
  • Nauto’s Jennifer Haroon, VP, Strategy & Business Operations
  • Audi/Volkswagen’s Alexandre Haag, CTO, Autonomous Intelligent Driving Gmbh
  • Toyota Research Institute’s Adrien Gaidon, Machine Learning Lead
  • Embark’s Alex Rodrigues, Co-Founder & CEO
  • Voyage’s Oliver Cameron, Co-Founder & CEO
  • May Mobility’s Alisyn Malek, Co-Founder & COO 
  • Optimus Ride’s Sertac Karaman, Co-Founder & President
  • Index Ventures’ Mike Volpi, General Partner
  • Scale API’s Alexandr Wang, Founder & CEO
  • DeepScale’s Forrest Iandola, CEO
  • Ex-Waymo & Uber ATG strategist, Anne Widera
  • Renovo’s Christopher Heiser, Co-Founder & CEO
  • Ex-Cruise Nvidia engineering executive Sasha Ostojic
  • Nvidia’s Justyna Zander, Automotive Manager
  • Paccar’s Paul Konasewich, Director of Business Development


8:30 am - Registration & breakfast

9:00 am - Main stage sessions start

9:00 am - 9:25 am - Tim Kentley-Klay & Jesse Levinson from Zoox

9:25am - 9:50 am - Daniel Kan from Cruise

9:50 - 10:00 am - Coffee break & transition to breakouts

10:00 - 10:50 am - 1st Breakouts (Breakout session descriptions can be found here.)

  • Where’s Everybody Going? Predicting the movement of people, vehicles and other objects around a self-driving car (Speakers from Audi & Deepscale)
  • The Sims: What simulation systems can—and cannot—teach autonomous vehicles (Optimus Ride & Nvidia)
  • Living on the Edge Case: How autonomous vehicles can deal with an extremely messy world (Scale API & Toyota)

10:50 - 11:00 am - Transition between breakouts

11:00 - 11:50 am - 2nd Breakouts

  • Smart Money: The autonomous vehicle value chain and the multitude of business models that can win (Renovo & ex-Waymo)
  • Greasing the (18) Wheels: What stands in the way of automated truck driving on highways (Embark & Paccar)
  • Look Ma’, No Hands: Triumphs and failures of today’s “advanced driver-assistance” features (Bosch & Zoox)
  • Hardware Feelings: Which on-board computers & sensors will win the day (Baidu & Nauto)

11:50 - 12:00 pm - Transitions between breakouts 

12:00 - 12:50 pm - 3rd Breakouts & lunch

  • Supplier & Demand: Which hardware & software components will be built in-house by autonomous car operators and which ones will be outsourced? (Magna & ex-Cruise/Nvidia)
  • Ready to Roll: How to measure technical progress and validate what's “safe” for public use (Daimler/Mercedes & May Mobility)
  • Deep Thoughts: Robotics versus DNNs (Voyage & Optimus Ride)

1:00 pm - Event concludes. VIP & Speaker lunch (by invitation only) starts at Greens. 

VIP tickets are available here.

Breakout session details

  • Breakout session descriptions can be found here. Topics include: engineering methods; business models; where startups have opportunities (and where they don’t); simulation for training driving algorithms; prediction software; hardware (including sensors, microchips and developer kits); and how to validate that the tech is safe for public use. Please note, space in the breakout sessions is limited. You'll receive an email from with a survey to indicate your breakout choices. 


$50 registration fee for subscribers

VIP tickets are also available here for $1,500 and include access to our invite-only Speaker & VIP lunch at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 14.

Who should attend

  • Entrepreneurs and executives who work in the autonomous vehicle field
  • Automakers
  • Companies looking to work with or invest in the autonomous vehicle sector (M&A, venture capitalists, private equity investors)
  • Car sensor manufacturers
  • Roboticists & machine learning professionals
  • Engineers, product managers, business & corporate development managers
  • Academics trying to connect to real-world practitioners
  • Drone & flying car companies

What you will learn

  • Technical hurdles facing autonomous vehicle programs
  • The state of AV simulation, prediction and other software
  • Advances and obstacles in semi-autonomous driving
  • Future hardware products that will affect AV software
  • Key debates around real-world testing methods and software architecture (robotics vs DNNs)
  • Trucking-specific challenges and opportunities
  • What kind of startups can get traction in today’s environment
  • Realistic timeframes for adoption of autonomous technologies
  • How to measure technical progress and validate what's "safe" for public use
  • Fixing the obvious flaws in prototype testing, including safety drivers
  • What self-driving car developers can learn from aerospace and aviation industries

Thank you to our Corporate Co-Hosts

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Thank you to our VIPs

Kevin Czinger, CEO, Divergent 3D

Keval Desai, Partner, InterWest Partners

Michael Linse, Managing Director, Linse Capital

T.R. Ramachandran VP, Product Management, Velodyne

Tom Driscoll, CTO, Echodyne Corp.

Daryn Nakhuda, Founder & CEO, Mighty AI

Martha Shaughnessy, Founder, The Key PR

Kenneth Chaun, SVP, Kal Tire

Mike Kreuger, CFO, Kal Tire

Robert Foord, President, Kal Tire

Austin Russell, Founder & CEO, Luminar 

William Brady, Vice Chairman, Jefferies

James Bellefeuille, Founder, VUGO

Ticket Availability & Policies

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