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FT Future of the Car Summit USA hosts auto industry's thought leaders in Detroit on Oct. 29, 2019 Featured

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After a successful debut in 2018, the FT Future of the Car Summit USA returns to Detroit Oct. 29, 2019. After a successful debut in 2018, the FT Future of the Car Summit USA returns to Detroit Oct. 29, 2019. Photos courtesy of FT

Financial Times Future of the Car Summit USA returns to Detroit for Round Two in 2019 — featuring the best minds in the industry discussing the changes and challenges to come as new technology comes into play, and how key players can stay ahead of the curve.

Knowledge and preparation will make the difference between success and failure as the industry evolves, and key issues surrounding autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles and other advances will be discussed by the key players in the industry at the Summit, scheduled for 8 a.m.-5.30 p.m. on October 29, 2019, at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Drive in Detroit.  

The event will welcome representatives from OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers, dealerships, insurance providers, law firms, transportation companies and more. Public sector attendees will include state leaders in finance and transportation, as well as investment leaders from America’s largest cities. 

Confirmed attendees for 2019 include executives from Kia, FCA, Jaguar/Land Rover, Kawasaki, Ford, General Motors, Audi and AM General. More than 150 of the most influential players in the industry are expected in total.

Attendees in 2018 included: AAM, AM General, Bridgestone, Daimler, FCA, Ford, General Motors, Hyundai, Isuzu, Karma Automotive, Kawasaki, Lyft, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, PSA, Toyota, Uber, Volkswagen and Volvo.

Those in attendance will have a chance to:

  • Connect with automotive thought leaders from around the world
  • Meet new players in the industry and explore strategic partnerships 
  • Hear updates on demand patterns in the global automotive market
  • Explore the latest breakthroughs in connectivity and automation

Scheduled speakers include:

  • Jim Adler, Managing Director at Toyota AI Ventures
  • Micheline Casey, Global Head of Data at Ford Smart Mobility
  • Mark de la Vergne, Chief Mobility Innovation Officer for City of Detroit
  • Moulay Hafid Elalamy Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy for Morocco
  • Mike Flewitt, CEO at McLaren Automotive
  • Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation
  • Toby Russell, Co-CEO at Shift
  • Chris Urmson, Co-Founder and CEO at Aurora
  • Luc Vincent, Executive Vice President, Engineering at Lyft
  • Prescott Watson, Principal at Maniv Mobility

Among the topics of discussion at the summit will be:


Matt M. Myftiu

Matt Myftiu has been a journalist for two decades with a focus on technology, NASCAR and autos.

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