The Connected Car Council is comprised of top thought leaders from the automotive and technology industries, who are on the cutting edge of the connected car and mobility space. The Council’s goal is to provide expert opinion and direction on the complexities of connected mobility and help shape the dialogue into actionable solutions for various stakeholders, including automakers, technology suppliers, policymakers, research groups, the media and ultimately consumers.
The goal of the Council is to guide content and programming for C3 events and help define and promote connected mobility for each specific audience. The Council is an invitation-only group of professionals with proven accomplishments in their respective disciplines as they relate to connected mobility. Diversity of professional background and expertise is crucial and membership in the Council depends on broader requirements and the specific intellectual needs of the Council.
The work of the Council is guided and curated by Doug Newcomb, employing his nearly three decades of experience as a respected automotive and technology journalist.
“The Connected Car Council will provide expert information, research and opinion that cuts through the current clutter of content on the connected car and provide much-needed clarity to this fast-paced industry, as well as help guide the content and direction of C3 events,” Newcomb noted.
“We’re at a critical time in the development of connected mobility,” Newcomb added. “The technology has the potential to transform personal transportation and save lives, time and resources, but also faces challenges that will require well-defined vision and unbiased information to help drive the conversation on the profound changes that are occurring. Rather than generate vague discussion points, promote agendas or serve as an ‘echo chamber’, the Council will tackle the complex issues confronting connected mobility and create content that drives the technology forward. This is an important differentiation from other groups that we believe is needed and we look forward to sharing our work with stakeholders.”
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