The fourth-annual C3 Connected Mobility Conference at CE Week drew a record crowd on June 22 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. “As this space evolves and expands, we’re seeing entirely new segments of attendees,” said Doug Newcomb, President and Co-founder of the C3 Group. “This year’s C3 Connected Mobility Conference attracted attendees from not only automotive and media, but also included a strong showing from the financial industry, academia, policymakers and social media influencers.
The fourth-annual C3 Connected Mobility Conference kicked off with a presentation by Akshay Anand, Manager of Commercial Insights for Kelley Blue Book, highlighting research the company conducted on ride-sharing and car-sharing on the auto industry, showing how these two new forms of mobility are “not an immediate threat to car buying.”
This dovetailed with the topic of the first panel, How Car-Sharing and Ride-Sharing Are Reshaping the Auto Industry, which featured Anand, Steve Banfield, CEO of BMW ReachNow, and Michael Mikos, CFO and Director of Business Development for Daimler’s Car2Go, and moderated by C3’s Doug Newcomb. Panelists from BMW and Daimler stressed the value of trusted brands as consumers gain acceptance of the new technology and explore how to adopt car-sharing and ride-sharing into their mobility choices.
The second panel explored the Financial and Societal Impact of Self-Driving Cars, and featured Peter Esser, General Representative of Washington Operations for NXP Semiconductors, Bryan Reimer, Associate Director of the New England Transportation Center and a Research Scientist at MIT’s AgeLab, and Tushar Sethi, a Director at Quid, with Catherine McCullough, Director of Intelligent Car Coalition, serving as moderator. Topics include the liability and ethics implications of self-driving technology.
The final panel was titled How the Aftermarket is Connecting Existing Vehicles to the Cloud and featured Avery Ash, Director of Federal Relations at AAA, Ted Cardenas, Vice President of Car Electronics at Pioneer Electronics, and Mark Spain, VP of Automotive for Vinli, and moderated by C3 CEO Dave Robinson. The three panelists detailed how the millions of existing cars can be connected and consumers can receive the benefits now offered in new vehicles.
The C3 Group wants to thank its sponsors and participants for a successful event and we look forward to continuing to drive the conversation and engagement in connected car and mobility through future events that bring together thought leaders in the space.