Connect2Car@CES Digital Summit

January 14, 2021 | Live Online

Vehicles are no longer defined by just their make and model, but by their safety features, connectivity, HMI, and propulsion systems.  Today’s global automotive ecosystem is now defined through a series of collaborations between integrated technology from multiple sources. This requires collaborative business models between organizations and industries to ensure all voices are speaking in harmony to meet customer expectations. 

Join the half-day online program to hear Trevor Pawl, CMO, State of Michigan keynote, plus three focused panel sessions about the state of connected mobility in 2020, connected vehicles and smart infrastructure, and smart cars.


10:00 - 10:10 a.m. EST

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Chris Cook, Mobile Electronics Association
John Waraniak, SEMA
Marc LeDuc, SAE International

10:10 - 10:30 a.m. EST

Keynote Presentation: The Role of Public-Private-Partnerships in Accelerating Mobility 

Trevor Pawl, Chief Mobility Officer, Michigan Office of Future Mobility and Electrification

What once was deemed the race to future mobility has since turned into a multi-state collaborative approach to accelerate the ideation, development, and deployment of future mobility solutions and policies globally. As the birthplace of the automobile, Michigan has a build a reputable model of leveraging public-private partnerships across city and state government, technology companies, automakers, and academia, to drive innovation, increase investment, regulate policy and deliver the smart infrastructure that’s needed to move the world forward.

10:30 - 10:45 a.m. EST

Networking Break

10:45 - 11:45 a.m. EST

Expert Roundtable: Connected Mobility 2020: Faster, Smarter and Cooler 

View Panelists: 
Moderator: Chris Cook, Mobile Electronics Association

  • John Waraniak, SEMA
  • Kelly Funkhouser, Consumer Reports
  • Kristin Slanina, True Car 
  • Brian Cabell, FCA Group

Connected, automated, and electric vehicles must connect with consumer lifestyles and experiences. For many, cars are works of art, access, power, fashion, and fun. They represent freedom and mobility, as well as passion and style. Consumers are demanding greater vehicle personalization and unique ride experiences from their vehicles while reshaping traditional mobility trends of capability, efficiency, and performance and fusing them with new and emerging models of convenience and lifestyle connectivity.  Leading automakers and suppliers are designing and packaging their connected, automated, and electric technologies and product content around consumer branding and social context to set themselves from their competition with faster, smarter, and cooler vehicles.

11:45 a.m. -12:00 p.m. EST

Networking Break

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST

Expert Roundtable: Connected Vehicles as Part of Smart Infrastructure 

View Panelists:
Moderator: Matt Jones, Wind River and GENIVI

  • Michael Ger, Cloudera
  • Brian Carlson, NXP
  • Maya Pindeus, Humanising Autonomy
  • Suzanne Murtha, AECOM

5G is deploying rapidly, but ubiquitous connectivity does not come without challenges. In this panel experts address, how can we best connect transportation in a world of varied connectivity? What communication is needed from automobiles to the internet, between vehicles, smart cities, or other modes of transportation? What happens to the vehicle and infrastructure in a sparsely connected work? What are the risks associated with transit and cityscape reliance on technology? How can we ensure all of the society benefits, not excluding underrepresented minorities?

1:00 - 1:15 p.m. EST

Networking Break

1:15 - 2:15 p.m. EST

Expert Roundtable: Smart Cars Deliver the Future of Mobility 

View Panelists: 
Moderator: Mark Boyadjis, IHS Markit 

  • John Moon, ConnectedTravel
  • Arianne Walker, Alexa Automotive, Amazon
  • Andrew Poliak, Panasonic Automotive
  • Jennifer Dukarski, Butzel Long

Much like your smartphone, smart cars are delivering an enhanced user experience that is driving the future of mobility. With a focus on EV adoption, they are a new breed of automobile. All indicators show that production costs, battery life, software development, and legislative change are converging to give consumers more choice. How will consumers react and why? This panel explores electric vehicles, autonomous, smart city, and industry, but more importantly brings the connected human into the connected car arena with real a fast-paced and informative conversation on how to lead to accelerated adoption!

2:15- 3:15 p.m. EST

Meet the Roundtable Experts