Automated Transportation – Changing Cities, Society and Business

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What started as the Future Mobility Night in 2017, will now be extended into a full-day dialogue with panel discussions and breakout sessions.

This year’s discussion will focus on opportunities of fully automated (“autonomous”) transportation for the mobility of people, the delivery of goods and the provision of services in cities. Particular attention will be given to the challenges in terms of sustainability, governance and public acceptance that relate to robot-vehicles.


08:30am | Registration

09:00am | Opening Session

Welcoming remarks:
Hans-Ulrich Südbeck, German Consul General and
Kristian Wolf, CEO of the Representative of German Business for the Western United States (GACC West)

Keynote speakers:
Rodney Slater, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs and former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and
Dr. Thomas Becker, VP of Governmental and External Affairs at BMW Group

10:00am | Breakout Sessions
Session 1: Human-centric Urban Mobility (chaired by Prof. Constantinos Antoniou)
Session 2: Intelligent Mobility Robots (chaired by Hiren Desai)

11:30am | Breakout Sessions
Session 3: Shared Mobility Models (chaired by William Riggs)
Session 4: Clouds & Networks (chaired by Ashley Tarver)

01:30pm | Dialogue Session
The chairmen of the four breakout sessions will share their most important findings and try to build a big picture together, of the future of mobility.

03:30pm | Panel Discussion
New industry and research experts in the mobility field will reflect on the big picture drawn by the chairmen and draw different perspectives and potential collaborations.

04:30pm | Wrap-Up

05:00pm | Networking Reception

This event is by invitation only. Should you be interested in attending, please send an email to

Event Information

July 9, 2019, 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM

San Francisco, CA
Organizer(s): German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New York, German Consulate General San Francisco, German American Chambers of Commerce, Inc. (AHK), Silicon Valley Mobility, Institute for Innovation and Technology


German Consulate General in San Francisco

Address: 1960 Jackson St San Francisco, CA 94109