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The Information’s 2020 Autonomous Vehicles Summit

Thursday, June 25, 2020 • 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

We are excited to announce that our 4th annual Autonomous Vehicle Summit will now be a virtual event to be held over two mornings -- June 25 and June 26, 2020. This is a one-of-a-kind virtual conference for autonomous vehicle industry leaders. In previous years, the summit has drawn participants from top companies including Waymo, Uber, GM/Cruise, Apple, Amazon, Tesla, Volkswagen, Daimler, Toyota, and SoftBank. It's a must-attend event for operators, investors, suppliers, and policymakers in the field.

The Autonomous Vehicles Summit features a mix of fireside chats and topical panels hosted by The Information's Amir Efrati. Lots of time is set aside for Q&A with attendees. This year, we'll venture into more discussions around efficient capital allocation as companies recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

This year’s event topics will include: 

  • How the Covid-19 pandemic will change priorities, strategy, capital, and the trajectory of technical progress
  • How to run a lean R&D operation and reduce cash burn
  • What metrics the industry should share publicly in order to demonstrate safety & software quality
  • How developers are changing the way they use machine learning
  • Urban centers, suburbs, or freeways? A debate on where to develop automated vehicles first
  • Where automated truck and delivery robot prototypes are heading and what stands in their way
  • What venture capitalists want to fund in and around the industry, both software and hardware/sensors
  • Scaling automated driving software from one city to the next

 

Speakers to include:

  • Aurora's Sterling Anderson, Co-founder & Chief Product Officer
  • Nuro's Dave Ferguson, Co-founder & President
  • Sequoia Capital's Amy Sun, Partner
  • Lyft Level 5's Charlotte Tao, Product Manager for Perception
  • and many other confirmed speakers. See below for a full list.


Attendees & Participating Companies: Over 400 people attended the 2019 Autonomous Vehicles Summit. Past attendee companies include: Waymo, Uber, Lyft, Waymo, Zoox, Voyage, SoftBank, Toyota, Daimler/Mercedes-Benz, GM & Cruise, Baidu, Aptiv, Sequoia Capital, Capital Group, Fidelity Investments, Ford/Argo, Nuro, Airbnb, Amazon, Bosch, Magna, Honda, ARM, Volvo, Facebook, and Google.

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When
Thursday, June 25, 2020
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Where
Virtual Event
Who Can Attend

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Speakers

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Dave Ferguson

Co-founder & President,

Nuro

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Sterling Anderson

Co-founder & Chief Product Officer,

Aurora

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Charlotte Tao

Product Manager for Perception, 

Lyft Level 5

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Alex Kendall

Co-founder & CEO, 

Wayve

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Nina Qi

COO,

Voyage

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CEO,

Starship Technologies

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Tobenna Arodiogbu

Co-founder & CEO,

CloudTrucks

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Amy Sun

Partner,

Sequoia Capital

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Alex Rodrigues

Co-founder & CEO,

Embark

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Oliver Cameron

Co-founder & CEO,

Voyage

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Sarah Tariq

Director of Computer Vision,

Zoox

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Robbie Miller

CEO & Chief Safety Officer, 

Pronto

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Vlad Voroninski

CEO,

Helm.ai

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Çetin Meriçli

Co-founder & CEO,

Locomation

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Don Burnette

Co-founder & CEO, 

Kodiak Robotics

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Karl Iagnemma

President & CEO,

Hyundai-Aptiv Autonomous Driving Joint Venture

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Reilly Brennan

General Partner,

Trucks VC




Agenda

Day 1 - Thursday, June 25

8:30 AM

Welcome & Amir Efrati's Presentation on the State of the Industry

  • Amir Efrati, Senior Reporter, The Information
9:00 AMFireside Chat with Sterling Anderson, Aurora

During this session, Amir Efrati will interview Anderson, who oversaw development of the partially automated Tesla Autopilot system and later rejected Elon Musk’s beliefs about that system’s merits, choosing instead to pursue a more traditional technical path. After some of Aurora’s previously announced car partners, Volkswagen and Hyundai, hooked up with other developers of self-driving vehicle software, we’ll talk to Anderson about the competitive landscape and how Aurora cut its losses by pulling back—hard—on on-road testing to focus on simulation.

9:45 AM

Networking Break

10:00 AM

Sim Smarts Panel Discussion

  • Alex Kendall, Wayve AI
  • Vlad Voroninski, Helm.ai
  • Sarah Tariq, Zoox
  • Charlotte Tao, Lyft

10:45 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM

Deal Making Panel Discussion

  • Amy Sun, Sequoia Capital
  • Reilly Brennan, Trucks.vc
  • Oliver Cameron, Voyage
  • Karl Iagnemma, Hyundai-Aptiv Autonomous Driving Joint Venture

11:45 AM

Attendee Networking

12:30 PM

Day 1 Concludes

12:30 PM

Speaker & VIP Virtual Lunch - Invitation Only

Day 2 - Friday, June 26

8:30 AM

Early morning networking session (optional)

9:00 AM

Fireside Chat with Dave Ferguson, Nuro

During this session, Amir Efrati will ask Ferguson to pull back the curtain on recent testing his team has been doing during the pandemic to deliver protective equipment for nurses. Nuro is one of the few developers of road-ready automated vehicles that deliver goods, not people. Nuro’s recent testing is a good touch point to understand how human operators control the vehicles remotely and what the transition to fully autonomous driving will look like.

9:45 AM

Networking Break

10:00 AM

Highway to Minimum Viable Product Panel Discussion

  • Robbie Miller, Pronto AI
  • Don Burnette, Kodiak
  • Çetin Meriçli, Locomation
  • Tobenna Arodiogbu, CloudTrucks
10:45 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM

Cash Preservation Panel Discussion

  • Nina Qi, Voyage
  • Alex Rodrigues, Embark
  • Lex Bayer, Starship Technologies
11:45 AM

Attendee Networking

12:30 PM

Event Concludes

Sponsors
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VIPs
Bill Brady, Vice Chairman, JefferiesPJ Go, CEO, Cirrascale
Milo Werner, Partner, Ajax StrategiesHeidi Wyle, Founder & CEO, Venti Technologies