Executive Sessions

Our 2019 Executive Sessions cover topics of high priority in the ITS industry. ITS America and it’s partner groups recruit renowned leaders to host engaging conversations on automated vehicles, spectrum allocation, data sharing & privacy, freight, and accessibility in new modes of mobility.

Images courtesy of the U.S. Department of Transportation

Images courtesy of the U.S. Department of Transportation

Saving the Spectrum: Safety-Communications Transportation - Wednesday, June 5th from 8:15 to 9:30am

The briefing will explain what the 5.9 GHz spectrum band is, why it is important to preserve the band for transportation communications and highlight how
the private and public sectors are deploying transportation mobility and infrastructure technologies that utilize the 5.9 GHz band.

Moderator: Robert Kelly, Partner, Practice Group Leader, Global Communications Practice, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

Mary Brown, Senior Director, Government Affairs, Cisco
Hilary M. Cain, Director, Technology and Innovation Policy, Government Affairs, Toyota
Alice Tornquist, VP Spectrum and Technology Policy, Qualcomm

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AV's, Healthcare and Aging - Wednesday, June 5 from 12:30 - 1:45pm

Need and opportunity collide as AV's evolve toward reality and the Healthcare and Aging ecosystems are looking to transform. The Autonomous Vehicle Alliance will share its research in this area and discuss how evolving business models in Healthcare are opening up new vehicle and fleet opportunities for AV's in the future. As healthcare providers move towards an outpatient model they will become increasingly dependent on mobility to aid in compliance and enhanced efficiency to keep patients from being readmitted. We will also discuss how our aging population will influence vehicle design and how AVs have the ability to enable independence beyond the physical constraints of the consumer.

Michelle Hartman, Market Intelligence Manager, Magna International
Suzette Malek, Manager, Global Societal Trends Research, General Motors Company
Tim Woods, General Manager, Autonomous Vehicle Alliance


How Innovative Mobility Solutions are Improving Accessibility for All Users - Wednesday, June 5th from 2:00-3:15pm

The innovation of vehicle technology provides unique opportunities both in vehicle design and in new solutions to increase access for people with disabilities.  At a time when major automakers are planning to deploy greater numbers of autonomous vehicles, they have an opportunity to reimagine and design cars in a way that makes them accessible for all potential passengers.  Many current modes of transportation are inaccessible, unreliable or ill-suited to people with disabilities and older adults, which often means fewer opportunities for employment, housing, healthcare, and education.  Recently, pilot programs and new ventures have created opportunities to improve access for disabled public transportation riders. Take the example at the Palo Alto Veteran’s Hospital, where the Santa Clara Valley Transportation (VTA) has partnered with Prospect Silicon Valley to develop an automated accessible vehicle. Transportation improvements like this are supported with automated and connected vehicle technology and push the boundaries of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Other disruptors in the industry are challenging mobility operations by implementing wearable technology. Join us for a lively conversation!

Moderator: Ruth Cox, CEO of Prospect Silicon Valley
Steve Bayless, Vice President, Policy, ITS America
Henry Claypool, Policy Director, Community Living Policy Center, UCSF
Lee Page, Advocacy Director, Paralyzed Veterans of America
Matt Lesh, Principal, Comet Mobility
Finch Fulton, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy, United States Department of Transportation

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Data Sharing for Next Generation Mobilitys - Wednesday, June 5th from 3:30pm - 4:45pm

The transportation community is currently experiencing a data revolution.  As we look to the future of mobility, how do we need to re-architect both our thinking and systems to achieve a more integrated transportation network.  From smaller changes to make today's operations smoother to big changes that revolutionize the ways we work and consume transportation, the transformation is happening.

How do we unlock the data that exists today and better derive actionable insights?  How do we architect for the future and new sources of data?  Transit operations, traffic operations, city operations all face these challenges.

While the benefits are obvious, the challenges are significant. These include technical issues, organizational issues, security and privacy concerns, data ownership questions, etc. This panel will explore these issues and provide insight and examples to realize the benefits and address these major challenges.

Moderator: Gregory Rodriguez, Of Counsel, Best Best & Krieger Attorney at Law

Brenna Berman, Executive Director, City Tech Collaborative
Jeff Davis, Head of Smart Transportation Innovation and Development, BlackBerry
John Nielson, Managing Director, Automotive Engineering & Repair, AAA
Cordell Schachter, Chief Technology Officer, New York City Department of Transportation
Monali Shah, Head of Industry Solutions, Google


Freight in the 21st Century - Thursday, June 6th from 12:30 to 1:45pm

Efficient, affordable, reliable, and safe transportation of freight is a basic requirement of any robust economy. History books recognize the importance of key transportation improvements such as the first Roman roads, the Suez and Panama Canals, transcontinental railroads, and the U.S Interstate System. These systems all had one thing in common:  they fundamentally changed the economies of the regions. 

Today, the freight industry is facing tremendous challenges. Demand is growing, existing systems are becoming congested, current infrastructure is aging, and investment in new infrastructure is shrinking.  The industry is looking to technologies like autonomous vehicles, improved operational data and system management, drone technology, and even underground transport tubes to improve transport. This session’s panel of experts will provide an overview of challenges and technology based solutions in freight movement today.

Moderator: Mark Doughty, President and COO, HELP Inc.

Kevin Biesty, Deputy Director, Arizona DOT
Steve Boyd, Co-founder/VP External Affairs & Market Development, Peloton Technology
Rob Brown, Director of Public Affairs, TuSimple
David Libatique, Deputy Executive Director, Port of Los Angeles


Focus: A Cross-Industry Perspective on Connected, Safer Transportation - Thursday, June 6th from 2:00pm to 3:15pm

Together for Safer Roads coalition membership are purpose-driven companies who are dedicated to making the world’s roads safer for all users. In this session, executives from four very different industries (waste management, beverage, insurance and automotive) share their reasons for committing to this mission and share examples of how they are helping to create a more connected, safe and efficient transportation system.

Jon Vander Ark, COO, Republic Services
Andres Penate, Vice President, Regulatory & Public Affairs, AB InBev
Nicolas Berg, Chief Claims Officer, General Insurance North America, AIG
Andy York, Executive Director, Federal Affairs, General Motors