Don’t miss the roundtable roundup at TC Sessions: Mobility 2022 – TechCrunch

TC sessions: Mobility is fast approaching. Join us May 18-19 in San Mateo, CA and online May 20 for a deep dive featuring the best, brightest, and most intriguing founders, engineers, investors, regulators, and technologists dedicated to transforming how we transport people and packages around the globe.

Pro Tip: Buy a general admission pass now and save $200.

We have two days of in-person programming waiting for you – take a look at Agenda. But we want to highlight the thematic round tables. Why? These smaller gatherings will be led by subject matter experts and keynote speakers. They give participants the opportunity to dig deeper into an issue and engage in meaningful conversations that can lead to exciting opportunities.

We have excellent ones at your disposal. Look yourself.

May 18

Building a Sustainable Mobile Ecosystem with Ritu Narayan, CEO and Founder, Zum

  • With transportation accounting for the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, few business decisions could have as much of an impact on greenhouse gas emissions as the electrification of transportation, especially transportation. in common. But for sustainability at this scale, companies must consider an ecosystem approach to thrive. Drawing on Zum’s expertise in leading the transition of school bus fleets to electric vehicles, this roundtable will focus on the creative and innovative ways that business leaders, investors, professionals and the community as a whole can work together to achieve a greener future.

Unmanned flight: how close are we to fully autonomous aircraft? with Maxime Gariel, CTO, Xwing

  • Many believe that self-driving planes will start carrying passengers within our lifetime. Do you consider yourself an early adopter of autonomous flight? Join Maxime Gariel, CTO of Xwing, the leading autonomous aviation company, in an engaging discussion where we’ll explore what it would be like to take your first autonomous flight. Maxime can also share insights into common misconceptions about autonomous flight, the current impact of technology on the aviation market, and how close commercial autonomous flight really is.

Next-Gen Mobility: Why Software is Driving the Future of Vehicle Architecture with Joe Speed, VP of Product, Apex.AI

  • Vehicles have long been defined by the hardware that powers them, but advanced technologies are bringing mobility into a software-driven future. Vehicles equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) have more than 100 computers called electronic control units (ECUs) operating largely independently of each other. But the transition to connected, autonomous and shared electric vehicles consolidates that into a small number of powerful computers. This means that IT architecture becomes simpler while software becomes more complex, requiring a more robust level of software integration than ever before. This creates hurdles that must be overcome for traditional original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) across all industries, including automotive, agriculture, mining, industrial automation and more. This roundtable will discuss: what it will take for industries to launch autonomous vehicles at scale; why industries like agriculture and manufacturing are looking for autonomous and software-based innovations from the automotive industry and robotics; the measures to be taken to accelerate the delivery of the required software and algorithms; and the impact of reliability on autonomous vehicles. For example, if software crashes on your computer that’s annoying, but on a self-driving car, agricultural equipment, or manufacturing robot, the results can be devastating.

Zero-emission Aviation — A Roadmap for Hydrogen-powered Flight with Dr. Alex Ivanenko, Co-Founder and CEO, HyPoint

  • Aviation produced 2.4% of global CO2 emissions in 2018, which as a country would rank it sixth in the world (between Japan and Germany). CO free2 effects, such as warming induced by aircraft contrails and other pollutants, bring the total combined contribution of aviation to global warming to around 5%. In this session, we’ll discuss the factors that have hindered zero-emission flight, as well as the technology roadmap and recent breakthrough innovations that will enable hydrogen-powered aircraft to take off in the next few years.

Creating Ethical and Inclusive Mobility Tech Solutions with Lisa Mae Brunson, Founder and Chief Visionary, Wonder Women Tech

  • This session will explore the opportunities mobility startups and companies have when they embed ethical and inclusive solutions into their product infrastructure and/or corporate culture. We’ll dive into an “AMA” style and thoughtful discussion of innovation in a multi-billion dollar industry with social innovation in mind. Sponsored by Wonder Women Tech.

The future of critical medical cargo deliveries is an unmanned aircraft, and it’s here today with Scott Plank, Founder, JSP Ventures

  • Complex transport modes and health care chains of custody require innovation. This session will provide first-hand insight into how two companies – MediGO and MissionGO – are currently operating autonomous unmanned helicopters to provide safe, efficient, low-cost, and low-carbon-footprint transportation of critical medical cargo. Participants will learn and discuss ideas for addressing known and unknown scenarios in which decision-making will take place between autonomous and traditional modes of transportation, as well as ways to improve the efficiency of healthcare resources (including delivery of blood samples and transplanted human organs; healthy, fresh, local food; and emergency supplies), improving patient outcomes and reducing costs.

From Algorithms to Public Roads: Why a Human-Centered Approach to Self-Driving Technology is Needed to Win Hearts and Minds with Amisha Vadalia, Chief Operating Officer, More

  • The development of self-driving truck technology has progressed to such an extent that it is no longer a question of if, but how and when it will become commercially available on a large scale. Amisha Vadalia, Senior Director of Operations at Plus, will share the different paths taken by companies to develop Level 4 driverless trucks, Plus’s unique evolutionary path to full autonomy, which starts with a commercial product already operated by Amazon and others, and a comparison of human-centric technology with systems that are not based on feedback from drivers, fleets and OEMs.

May 19

Green Mobility in the Digital World with Doug Davenport, Founder, Executive Director, ProspectSV

  • Everything about mobility is changing, from traditional public transit to carpooling to a wave of electric vehicles, bicycles and scooters. New mobility requires more than just vehicles – we need on-site electricity, charging networks, digital platforms to manage refueling, maintenance, logistics, etc. Let’s talk about technology and upcoming market opportunities for a better green transportation system. Sponsored by ProspectSV.

Sustainable Mobility in Emerging Markets: Optimizing People, Planet and Profits Through Technology with Damilola Olokesusi, CEO and Co-Founder, Shuttlers Metropolitan Mobility Company Limited

  • Emerging economies like Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria, where Shuttlers operates, are renowned for their exponential population growth. With this population growth comes many challenges, transportation being one of the most important. The ever-growing population creates an imbalance in which the demand for transport continues to exceed the supply by several kilometres. The United Nations (UN) has pointed out that high-tech transport systems that prioritize sustainability are the solution to common transport problems in emerging economies. As private transportation technology companies like Shuttlers emerge to redefine the way people travel by introducing new technology-based transportation systems and services, a focus on long-term transportation sustainability is crucial. The conversation around transportation sustainability should focus on how technology can optimize these three key pillars: people, planet and profit. Discussing sustainability in transport at the roundtable (using the three Ps highlighted, also known as the triple bottom line model by John Elkington) will help raise awareness and offer solutions to gaps in transport technology in emerging markets. These shortcomings range from lack of talent/skills to the issue of carbon emissions, unavailability of modern eco-friendly transportation infrastructure, and maintaining profitability as a startup while immersing itself in global best practices. in transport innovation.

Why You Can’t Build a New Electric Vehicle in Corporate America with Sue Ozdemir, President and CEO, Exro Technologies

  • Gas-powered cars and motorcycles have been around for over 100 years. During this period, traditional car brands and large companies have acquired a wealth of capital and experience in designing, manufacturing, selling and improving ICE models. Now, with the electrification push, that experience is a bit of a crutch. Electrification requires more than just adding a battery to existing ICE models, but an overhaul of chassis designs and hard-tool manufacturing facilities. Such a shift in mindset and expertise requires what tech startups have in spades – this includes a penchant for constant innovation, failing fast, and thinking beyond “how things have been done” for decades. Corporate America learns from young companies that are immersed in the world of electrification and working with the latest technologies available. One of the main reasons Sue went from CEO of Small Industrial Motors at GE to CEO of Exro was that she couldn’t innovate fast enough or take the risk necessary to change the industry from within. Sue will share how she now balances her corporate background and profit-driven business acumen with her tech startup eagerness to go fast and smash things to ultimately deliver electric vehicles that run better, faster and longer for less. cost.

The race to code and monetize the sidewalk with Regina Clewlow, Co-Founder and CEO, Populus

  • Everyone – from on-demand delivery to scooters to self-driving carpooling – needs a piece of the sidewalk to function. We’ll talk about how smart cities leverage technology and platforms to manage and price this valuable resource to deliver a safer and more sustainable mobility future.

Head to TC Sessions: Mobility for a deeper dive into the future of transport and to meet the people shaping it! Buy your pass today and save $200. We look forward to seeing you!

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