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2017 Washington Auto Show Inaugural Public Policy Event: MobilityTalks International

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WASHINGTON, DC - November 21, 2016: The Washington Auto Show will present MobilityTalks International — a symposium that will address best government practices that allow innovation to flourish in the field of mobility.

The program, scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 24 and Wednesday, Jan. 25, will advance the 10-day public show that opens Friday, Jan. 27. MobilityTalks International will feature a daylong peer-to-peer exchange with multiple breakout sessions as well as the Interactive Mobility Experience Ride & Drive at RFK Stadium. Details of the program follow:

  • Two days of Ride and Drives with the latest technology for V2X, connected and semi-autonomous vehicles, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Transportation
  • A one-day conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for a peer-to-peer exchange of best practices from all over the globe, along with breakout sessions on topics such as:
    • Digital Cities
    • Spectrum Sharing
    • Human Machine Interface
    • Cybersecurity
    • Legal & Insurance
    • Harmonization of Standards
  • A panel discussion on Capitol Hill for staffers, media, and the industry.

Among those addressing the gathering are thought leaders from government and industry, including startups and major manufacturers:

  • U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-Mich.), co-chair of the Senate Smart Transportation Caucus, who will offer welcoming remarks;
  • U. S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, (D-Mich.);
  • Ian Yarnold, who leads the International Vehicle Standards Division of the United Kingdom's Department for Transport;
  • Regulatory officials from Italian, Japanese & French governments;
  • Doug Patton, executive vice president of Engineering and Chief Technical Officer of Denso International America and president-elect of SAE International;
  • Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association
  • Dan Galves, chief communications officer of Mobileye, which is mapping driver assistance and automated technologies;
  • John Maddox, CEO of the American Center for Mobility, an Ann Arbor-based center for research and testing automated vehicle technologies;
  • Sascha Simon, founder and CEO of Driversiti, an award-winning startup charting a mobile safety platform;
  • Matthew Eggers, executive director for cybersecurity policy in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's National Security and Emergency Preparedness Department;
  • Jack Pokrzywa, SAE's manager of ground vehicle standards;
  • Scott Algeier, executive director of Information Technology Information Sharing & Analysis Center (IT-ISAC);
  • Robert Puentes, president and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank promoting innovation in transportation policy;
  • Brad Miller, director of legal and regulatory affairs for the National Automobile Dealers Association;
  • Dr. Anuj Pradhan, assistant research scientist of the Transportation Research Institute, University of Michigan;
  • Andrew Smart, CTO of the American Center for Mobility;
  • Dr. Adam Thierer, senior research fellow with the Technology Policy Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University; and
  • Moderators Joe White, transportation editor for Reuters and Mike Spector, regulatory editor of The Wall Street Journal.

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Please note that MobilityTalks International will be followed by Public Policy Preview Day at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, a daylong schedule of press conferences and special programs to preview the 2017 Washington Auto Show. On Thursday, Jan. 26, the program opens with the annual Newsmaker Breakfast sponsored by the International Motor Press Association (IMPA) and the Washington Automotive Press Association (WAPA) and will feature a keynote by an industry leader. The day also includes the SAE Plenary Session at 3 p.m. and, at 5-8 p.m., the Sneak Peek Reception, a major networking event for officials in government, industry and media to preview the auto show before it opens to the public.

Known as the "public policy show" on the auto industry circuit, The Washington Auto Show convenes leaders in industry and government to tackle the most pressing issues facing the automotive sector over the course of its Public Policy Preview Days. The largest consumer show in D.C., The Washington Auto Show ( will open to the public from Friday, Jan. 27 through Sunday, Feb. 5.