Self-Driving Vehicles: Startups (Already) on the Road

Self-Driving Vehicles: Startups (Already) on the Road

Self-Driving Vehicles: Startups (Already) on the Road
New inroads bring driverless cars to market


Stanford University
Cemex Auditorium, 655 Knight Way, Stanford, CA 94305-7298

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Advances in sensor technologies, robotics, and vehicle-to-vehicle communications are now converging to (finally) make driverless cars a reality.

Sales of driverless vehicles are expected to surpass 95.4 million by 2035, representing 75% of all light-duty vehicle sales according to an August 2013 report by Navigant Research. Unfathomable? Think again!

This radical shift in transportation is driving the old, established auto industry to a new frontier. Opportunities abound for leveraging technology and innovation to get driverless cars to market. These include connected cars, cars initially used for slower speed driving, networks of alternative fleets, traditional automakers, and even autonomous expertise from other industries.

Autonomous Vehicles

When self-driving, autonomous vehicles replace the ones we have today, it will impact an existing ecosystem of stakeholders from automobile manufacturers to dealers, servicers, insurers and car-for-hire providers. Those who remain complacent in the face of such disruptive change may find themselves left behind.
When will today's passenger vehicles become the dinosaurs of tomorrow? Why will this happening in the near future instead of in 10+ years?
Which technologies and customer needs have triggered the disruption in transportation? (Environment, Congestion, Safety, Rising costs of fuel?)
Which business models are the most viable? What approach will garner the most funding to propel it forward?
How will companies generate the most demand and traction for their route-to-market?
Join VLAB and our panelists on Thursday, November 21st for a lively discussion on the reality and future potential for autonomous cars.


Thilo Koslowski, Vice President & Automotive Practice Leader, Gartner
Josh Switkes, Ph.D., Founder and CEO, Peloton Technology Inc.
Corey Clothier, President and COO, Induct Technologies USA
Marteen Sierhuis, Director, Nissan Research Center - Silicon Valley
Luca Delgrossi, Director, Driver Assistance & Chasis Systems NA, Mercedes-Benz R&D North America
Sven Strohband, Partner and CTO, Khosla Ventures

Special Appearance by Google Self-Driving Car
Time: Thursday, November 21st - 5:30-6:15PM

Please join us for the chance to speak with a Google operations driver and have an up close and personal opportunity to check out one of their self-driving cars equipped with video cameras, radar sensors and a laser range finder to "see" other traffic.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, for their support of this upcoming event. Panasonic Automotive Systems is the premier provider of innovative, environmentally responsible in-vehicle electrical systems and devices.