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The Connected Car Conference at CE Week Brings Together Top Influencers in the Connected Car Space, June 25 in NYC

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NEW YORK--June 22, 2013: From in-dash apps and telematics to vehicle-to-vehicle communication and autonomous cars, automakers and their technology partners are reinventing the car in ways that no one could have imagined even a decade ago. But this rapid, technology-driven change in the auto industry is also proving disruptive. Directed by Doug Newcomb, a leading automotive technology expert, the Connected Car Conference (C3) at CE Week brings together top influencers in the connected car space from both the technology and automotive industries to meet, discuss and move towards resolving these issues. The Connected Car Conference will take place on Tuesday, June 25, from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Metropolitan Pavilion (Metropolitan Suite, 2nd Floor) in New York City.

Sponsored by AT&T, GM, Voxx, QNX, Telenav, Delphi, Nuance, and TuneIn, the Connected Car Conference will feature automotive technology executives, key personalities and top media in a half-day program addressing issues such as:

  • The Future of Radio in the Car
    When sorting through the various options to decide what form of "radio" is best for the dashboard -- and which technologies will stand the test of time -- the choices can be baffling for both automakers and consumers alike. This panel brings together the most important players in the space to discuss what's down the road for in-car radio.
    Moderator: Roger Lanctot, Strategy Analytics, Associate Director, Global Automotive Practice
    Panelists: Eric Sargent, Product Manager, BMW ConnectedDrive & Technology, BMW of North America; Geoff Snyder, Director of Automotive Business Development, Pandora; Jake Sigal, CEO, Livio; Carl Rohling, VP Business Development, TuneIn; Chia-Lin Simmons, VP Marketing & Content, Aha Radio
  • The Keeping Pace With Consumer Electronics
    Because of long product lead times, automakers are at a disadvantage in keeping pace with the rapid changes in consumer electronics. But through partnerships with technology companies, the advent of software updates and industry-wide standards such as MirrorLink, the auto industry is starting to react much faster. But it still has a ways to go. This panel of experts will discuss the "friction points" involved with adopting consumer electronics to car infotainment and how they can be overcome.
    Moderator: Doug Newcomb, Conference Chair
    Panelists: Tim Nixon, Chief Technology Officer, General Motors; David Haight, Vice President, Business Development, AT&T Emerging Devices; Derek Kuhn, VP Sales and Marketing, QNX Software Systems; Tom Malone, President, Audiovox
  • How "Big Data" is the New In-Vehicle Content Driver
    Because of the rapid growth of connectivity, cars are becoming the biggest, most powerful portable device people own, and cars are also increasingly becoming one of the greatest consumers as well as producers of data. From drivers' need for navigation and traffic info to the growth of connected infotainment in the car, from an emphasis on real-time tracking of fuel efficiency to vehicle-to-vehicle communication, data flowing to and from the car is changing how we drive -- and also poised to make it a more productive and pleasant experience. This panel of experts will share their insights on how "big data" is become the driving force behind in-vehicle content.
    Moderator: John R. Quain, New York Times
    Panelists: Tom Sexton, Vice President of Business Development, INRIX; Michael Becker, Senior Director, Automotive, Gracenote; Niall Berkey, Executive Director of Business Development, Telenav; Doug Welk, Chief Engineer, Cloud & Apps, Delphi; George Filley, Head of Product and Business Management for Auto Cloud, HERE/Nokia
  • Dealing with Driver Distraction
    As car infotainment options multiply, so does the potential for drivers to become distracted. At the same time, automakers and their suppliers place a heavy emphasis -- and spend considerable R&D dollars -- to ensure that in-dash electronics are as safe to use as possible. With policymakers scrutinizing car infotainment systems and safety advocates often pointing a finger at automakers, it's difficult to cut through the clutter and separate scientific fact from media-frenzy fiction. This panel will explore what automakers and suppliers are doing to design systems that minimize distraction -- and what still needs to be done to ensure safety.
    Moderator: Bill Howard, Car Tech Editor, Tech
    Panelists: Gloria Bergquist, VP of Public Affairs, Auto Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers; Erik Clauson, Director, Product Design, Automotive, Nuance; Dave Anderson, Automotive Applications Manager, NVIDIA; Ted Cardenas, Vice President of Marketing, Pioneer Electronics

The 2013 CE Week, is the technology industry's annual, week-long citywide celebration June 24-28 in New York City. Media who register for CE Week will have access to the Connected Car Conference. For more information about the Connected Car Conference and CE Week, or to register, please visit,

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Connected Car Conference
June 25, 2013
1:30 p.m. -- 5:30 p.m.
Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W 18th St., NYC
Metropolitan Suite (2nd Floor)

About CE Week
CE Week, trade-only event, is the consumer electronics (CE) industry's weeklong, citywide event in New York City. The official mid-year conference and new technology showcase includes the event headquarters, CE Week Line Shows and Exhibits, which is the site of CE Week's largest exhibition hall and conference program. CE Week is organized in association with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), along with Martin Porter Associates and Consumer Technology Publishing Group/NAPCO, publisher of Dealerscope, Technology Integrator and Tell Magazines.