What Does the Future Hold for Mobility?

The mobility industry progresses every day—do you have a plan to adapt and advance in a rapidly changing field? We asked a few experts leading sessions and Leadership Summit discussions at  WCX for insights so you can prepare for the challenges and opportunities in 2019 and beyond. Here’s what they had to say:

Changing consumer behavior offers enormous potential.

“We are in the early stages of long-term disruption in the industry. Electric vehicle sales will continue to grow as more manufacturers introduce new models and battery and charging technology and infrastructure improve. While autonomous technology is still several years from reality on both the technical and regulatory front, ride sharing and subscriptions are really where the disruptive forces have the potential to change consumer behavior in the short-term, especially in certain types of markets. Expect growing competition and investment in these areas.”
— Jonathan Smoke, Cox Automotive Inc.

Add this session to your WCX Agenda today “Key Trends Shaping the Market and the Future."

Demand for fuel is bigger than ever.

“From an oil and gas perspective, 2019 is looking positive from a consumer standpoint. The past year oil prices have had a negative effect on demand growth, but we are seeing a huge drop just within the last month that will help drive the industry next year. There is this bigger picture going on with oil supplies globally. People think that there is a concern for availability, when in fact the market is booming and there really is no concern especially during these ‘peak demand’ times. The abundance supply everywhere is creating lower oil prices. It doesn’t take much to tip the scale in the market, and the penetration of electric vehicles are having a positive impact on the market. Some think that when oil prices go down there is an effect on technology, when in fact every sector of technology is growing.”
—Trisha Curtis, Petronerds

Don’t miss this exciting TechTalk being held in the Leadership Summit “Mobility 2030—The Effects of Oil Pricing and Electric Infrastructure on EV Deployment.”

Advanced security will require advanced connectivity.

“The levels of operator assistance and connectedness will increase at an exponentially faster rate. … We, as an industry and a society, need to understand vehicle autonomy depends on the safety & security of the entire vehicle ecosystem, which means V2V must include all vehicles.”
—Larry Hilkene, Cummins

Catch the full discussion being held in the Leadership Summit C2C Roundtable: CyberSecurity, Do We Feel Good Enough to Be Just a Little Paranoid?."

IC engines are key in the transition to the future.

“Significant advancements in IC engine technology deliver high-value, clean, efficient propulsion at a time when not all technical and commercial challenges associated with battery electric or fuel cell vehicles have been solved. The continued development of the IC engine should not be viewed as some last gasp attempt to hold on to an outdated technology, but rather as a key enabler for an orderly transition to the future. Cast in this light, the continued evolution of the IC engine is not just an opportunity, but rather an obligation for the powertrain community.”
—Scott Bailey, Tula Technologies

Hear him and other panelist discuss more in the Leadership Summit “Still Not Dead, The ICEs Continued Evolution.”

Manufacturers will need to evolve for AI.

“For autonomous driving technology to deliver on its potential safety and efficiency benefits, manufacturers must be able to deploy it at scale. This means developing production-level systems that can leverage current AI-powered Level 2 automated driving features, and, eventually, evolve into more advanced automated and fully autonomous driving capabilities. This is a challenge for the entire industry, however, by establishing a foundation now for AI-enabled self-driving with a vehicle architecture built around high-performance, energy-efficient computers, manufacturers can be more prepared to build toward an autonomous future.”
—Luke Harvey, NVIDIA

Hear more in the “C2C Roundtable: The Business and Technology Challenges on System Engineering for Automated Driving Technologies.”

Electric vehicles and infrastructure, V2V communications, public policy, IC engines and AI present a few of the greatest mobility opportunities in the coming year, but only if you stay ahead of the curve at WCX.

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