The C3 Group held its inaugural Empire State of Mobility Conference in conjunction with the New York International Auto Show on April 12. The event focused on the role of public-private partnerships in the smart mobility space and drew stakeholders from the automotive, technology and financial community as well as policymakers and researchers.
The conference featured an opening keynote by Illinois Congressman Dan Lipinski, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Congressman Lipinski stressed the importance of policy guidance in public-private partnerships and how a “dig once” foresight is needed to lay the foundation for smart mobility infrastructure.
A panel discussion titled Transforming Urban Mobility Through Public-Private Partnerships featured Anthony Fatone Jr., Regional Vice President, Zipcar New York; Sam Abuelsamid, Senior Analyst, Navigant Research; and Mary Chan, Managing Partner, VectoIQ. The panelists covered topics ranging from the importance of ubiquitous wireless connectivity for everything from autonomous vehicles and mobility as a service models to how the auto industry is uniquely positioned to help enable smart mobility solutions.
Following a special presentation on how Big Data Drives Smarter AV Decisions by Avery Ash, Autonomous Vehicle Market Strategist for Inrix, a panel discussion titled Cities as Test Beds for Modern Mobility Solutions included Seval Oz, former CEO of Continental ITS and Former Head of Global Partnerships and Business Development for GoogleX as moderator and panelists Avery Ash; Grayson Brutle, President, Brutle & Company; Dawn Manley, Director, Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center; and Ted Cardenas, Vice President of Marketing, Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.
The discussion delved into current projects cities like New York can learn from as they engage in public-private partnerships in the smart mobility space and the roles of the various stakeholders – policymakers, automakers, technology providers and community organizations – play in helping cities prepare for modern mobility solutions.
The C3 Group would like to thank our premier sponsor of the event, Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc, as well as our media sponsor, Navigant Research, and all who attended.