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29 November 2018 Shanghai, China More info

Conference agenda

Building and profiting from the connected digital mobility ecosystem

29 November 2018

09:00 – 09:30
Registration and morning coffee
09:30 – 09:35

Conference opening and remark

Michael Johannes: Vice President Mobility and Logistics at Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH

09:35 – 10:05

China’s auto industry in the age of disruption – reimagining mobility and profiting from the digital ecosystem

Bill Russo: Founder & CEO at Automobility Ltd

10:05 – 10:35

DEKRA – Supercharging the future of autonomous driving

Stanislaw Zurkiewicz: Chief Regional Officer at DEKRA East & South Asia / Executive Vice President at DEKRA Group

10:35 – 11:00
Coffee break and networking
11:00 – 11:30

The transportation reform of future city based on autonomous driving

Jeff Liu: Chief Engineer and General Manager of IVTTC 

11:30 – 12:00

The future of shared mobility

Daizong Liu: China Director at WRI Ross Center for Sustainable

12:00 – 13:00
Lunch break
13:00 – 13:30

Future mobility in the context of smart cities

Bernd Pichler: Chief Marketing Officer at ICONIQ Motors

13:30 – 14:00

Thinking blockchain in mobility and the initiatives in real world

Tao Yu: CEO at Soda Mobility Tech

14:00 – 14:25
Coffee break and networking
14:25 – 14:55

Construction and operation of the National Intelligent Connected Vehicle (Shanghai) Pilot Zone

Dr Yu Lin: Vice General Manager at Shanghai SH Intelligent Automotive Technology Co Ltd

14:55 – 15:20

Connected mobility in autonomous vehicles

Charlie Paglee: CEO at Brannan Auto Engineering Co Ltd

15:20 – 16:00

Roundtable discussion: disruptive tech as an enabler to improve the user experience

Nicolas du Cray: Partner at Cathay Capital’s Innovation Fund

Gorazd Lampič: CEO & Co-founder at Elaphe Propulsion Technologies Ltd

16:00 – 17:00
End of the event and VIP site visit to Automechanika

*Conference agenda is subject to constant update

Potential topics


Section 1

China's rapid urbanisation has led to significant mobility challenges, as the increasingly urbanised population creates an explosive demand for personal mobility. The future "automobility" business model would be commercialised through the shared economy and can be described by a combination of the terms – "personalised, electric, and autonomous mobility on-demand (AMOD)". Competing in this new business model is no longer just about the engineering of physical hardware, but also the capability of building a digital ecosystem relationship with consumers of mobility services. By leveraging their vast insight and big data relationship with their users, the internet giants aim to provide more tailored services to the market.


Section 2

China has the world's largest internet population and most Chinese netizens use smart devices to access digital services.

  • China’s internet economy and the digital ecosystem influence the future of mobility.
  • Mobility is an enrollment mechanism into the digital ecosystem and Automobility disruption is fueled by digital ecosystem players.
  • China’s internet giants (including Tencent, Alibaba, and Baidu) are actively investing and transforming hardware into an intelligent platform for wide variety of online and offline services.
  • Ownership is no longer required in order to access personal mobility, and Chinese internet companies are actively investing in future mobility technologies (including connected, electric and autonomous vehicles).
  • A complete automobility services ecosystem will allow people and things to move as smoothly as bytes on the internet and can co-create “Services-On-Demand” experiences.
  • Autonomous Mobility on Demand(AMOD) service will be a paradigm shift for the auto industry, benefiting individuals, policymakers and society as a whole.

Section 3

China recently entered a new era where intelligent and connected vehicles (ICV) are built specifically for mobility services. The defining characteristics of vehicles used in this manner include high utilisation rates and rider-centric features that enable connectivity. We expect such cars to be powered by electricity due to their lower operating cost (especially fuel and maintenance) and include features tailored for riders (more screens, connectivity and content services). An accelerated pull from China's "Internet+Auto" and Smart City investments will result in the initial deployment of professionally managed autonomous mobility service fleets.

  • How can OEMs, system providers, services providers embrace the change?
  • How urban design needs to cope with future mobility and multi-mode transportation?
  • Mobility devices (ICV) can unlock the profit pool from the digital ecosystem by distributing the assets efficiently on the physical infrastructure, especially the urban environments and enabling the assets to decentralise the AMOD operations.
  • Future AMOD services will employ a new vehicle architecture with a “rolling chassis” and a “purpose-designed vehicles”.
  • Smart sensors, data analytics, and artificial intelligence can enhance the mobility experience for consumers.

Section 4

The Chinese government plays a key role in encouraging innovation in the internet economy with a focus on digital transformation, new energy vehicles and smart cities.

  • We are entering an era where a sino-foreign collaborative innovation (“co-innovation”) model is needed.
  • Influence of Government’s AI initiative on automotive industry.
  • Business opportunity for international player (white spot, and blue ocean).
  • How to innovate in China to shape the future of mobility? (Joint research? Partnership? Government support?)
  • Opportunities and challenges for international players in China, autonomous driving development, trends and best practices in China.