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Automotive World panel discussions – 2017 round-up

A summary of the panel debate webinars hosted by Automotive World in 2017

Every month, Automotive World hosts an online panel discussion on a key issue facing the global automotive industry. The carefully-selected panellists are always well-placed to share knowledge and insight from within their companies, while also providing a broader perspective on the global car and heavy truck industries, as well as manufacturing and future technology. Here, we round up the Automotive World webinars of 2017, each of which is available on-demand to Automotive World subscribers.

Sit back and relax – the state of autonomous driving

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What’s the current state of autonomous driving? What does the future look like for self-driving cars? We brought together Kirk Steudle, Director, Michigan Department of Transportation, David Alexander, then a Senior Analyst at Navigant Research, and Andrew Miller, who at the time was Chief Technical Officer at Thatcham Research.

The truck of the future

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What can we expect from the truck of the future? On the panel to try to paint a picture of the truck of the future were Trevor Milton, Chief Executive, Nikola Motor Company and Josh Switkes, Founder and Chief Executive, Peloton Technology. They were joined by Sandeep Kar, at the time Global Vice President – Mobility at Frost & Sullivan, and now Chief Strategy Officer at Fleet Complete.

The 3D printed car – vision or reality?

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Additive manufacturing clearly has a place in the automotive industry – but what is it? How will it be used? Listen to this hour-long panel discussion on the prospects for 3D printing in the automotive industry, featuring: Peter Thorne, Director at Cambashi; Daniel Sizer, a Patent and Design Attorney at Marks & Clerk; and Mark Stevens, Project Manager at the Michigan-based Center for Automotive Research (CAR).

Advances in automotive lightweighting

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Reducing vehicle weight is all about ‘using the right material for the right part in the right place’. This exclusive Automotive World panel examines recent advances in automotive lightweighting. Panellists: Dan Coughlin, VP Composites Market Development at the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and Rob Peckham, Global Mass Strategy TIE at General Motors.

Automotive infotainment – the next generation 

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Automotive infotainment – it’s not just for the driver. Listen on-demand to hear the views of three leading industry experts on the next generation of in-car entertainment and driver-occupant information. On the panel: Henry Bzeih, Managing Director, Connected & Mobility at Kia Motors America; Randeepsingh Khokar, Head – Electrical and Electronics at Tata Motors; and Sam Abuelsamid, a Senior Research Analyst at Navigant Research.

Brexit, one year on: impact on Europe’s auto industry

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In June 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union (EU). Automotive World assembled a panel of industry experts to examine the impact, one year on, that ‘Brexit’ has had on OEMs and suppliers in the UK and Europe. Representing the interests of Europe’s automotive suppliers was Sigrid de Vries, Secretary General of CLEPA (European Association of Automotive Suppliers); Ian Henry, Director at London-based automotive consultancy AutoAnalysis and Harald Wimmer, EMEA Auto leader at PwC provided insight from their automotive industry research.

Freight – there’s an app for that!

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Apps have changed people’s perception of mobility. Now that same technology is beginning to transform the movement of freight. We assembled a panel of truck industry experts to discuss the extent to which on-demand load-matching technology will penetrate and streamline the freight market, and how this will be received by fleets, truck OEMs and other freight industry stakeholders. Drew McElroy, Chief Executive of US company Transfix and Raghav Himatsingka, Founder and Chief Executive of Indian start-up Truckola represented the fleet aggregators, with broader industry insight provided by Eric Starks, Chairman and Chief Executive of FTR.

The car factory of the future

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The automotive industry is preparing to adopt Industry 4.0, Smart manufacturing and collaborative robots. Listen on-demand to hear what industry experts believe we can expect from the car factory of the future. On the panel were Dr Kristian Kuhlmann, Principal at Boston Consulting Group, Alec McCullie, Associate Director – UK Lead for Industry 4.0 at KPMG and Harald Wimmer, Partner at PwC.

Electric cars – the next generation

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As a number of OEMs join the race to bring desirable electric vehicles to market, this Automotive World webinar considered the latest offerings and the potential for a successful EV market. Head to the on-demand recording to hear the thoughts of Thomas Glendinning, Senior Automobiles Analyst at BMI Research and Sean O’Flynn, a Director at AlixPartners.

Cars in the sharing economy

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OEMs and suppliers are preparing for a future in which services account for more than products. In November, we brought together two OEMs and an analyst to discuss the role of the car in the sharing economy, and how OEMs plan to generate (additional) revenue from mobility services. The vehicle manufacturers were represented by Peter B. Kosak, Executive Director, Urban Mobility Programs at General Motors and Larry Dominique, President and Chief Executive of PSA North America, with broader perspective provided by Timo Moeller, who heads up the Center for Future Mobility at McKinsey & Co.

Outlook for the auto industry in 2018

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Automotive World’s annual next-year outlook webinar is an opportunity to consider the opportunities and challenges facing the global automotive industry in the coming 12 months. This year, the panel featured Anil Valsan, Global Automotive & Transportation Lead Analyst, EY; Vittoria Ferraris, Director, Sector Lead Automotive, S&P Global Ratings; and Eric Starks, Chairman and Chief Executive at truck industry research company FTR.


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