Zimmer to Lyft-off keynote at Connected Car Expo

lyftfounderConnected Car Expo (CCE), the winner of the 2014 Tech CARS award, announced that Lyft’s Co-Founder John Zimmer will give the keynote address on November, 17, 2015 at the auto-tech conference and exhibition held at JW Marriott L.A. Live.

John Zimmer founded Lyft in 2012.  Lyft operates in 65 cities across the United States with more than 100,000 drivers on its platform.  In August 2014, Lyft introduced Lyft Line, a ridesharing product that utilizes its existing driver network to transport passengers going the same direction at the same time.

Zimmer was named in Forbes’ “30 Under 30: Technology” list.

The Lyft keynote will kick off an entire day of discussions, presentations, news conferences plus exhibits from some of the top companies in the auto-tech space. More than 25 speakers will outline their vision for the dramatic changes facing the auto industry.

Discussions at the Connected Car Expo include:

A discussion of problems and solutions surrounding auto cyber security with:

  • David Strickland, partner at Venable LLC and former Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  • Karl Heimer, founding partner of Autoimmune and Special Adviser for Cyber Security to the State of Michigan
  • Andrew Weimerskirch, associate research scientist at the University of Michigan Transportation Institute

Android Auto from the inside out explained by:

  • Henry Newton-Dunn, Design Manager, Google, to discuss Android Auto from the inside out.

To discuss how automotive OEMs are tapping into west coast technology.

  • Ned Curic, Chief Technology Officer, Toyota Motor Sales.
  • Nick Sugimoto, Senior Program Director, Honda Silicon Valley Lab.
  •  Dr. Frankie James, Managing Director Advanced Technology, Silicon Valley Office, General Motors

To explain how consumer electronics are reshaping vehicle interiors:

  • RJ Mical, Director of Games, Google.
  • Larry Rosin, President, Edison Research
  • Eric Migicovsky, Founder, Pebble, to explain how consumer electronics are reshaping vehicle interiors.

To discuss the long and winding road to autonomous vehicles.

  • Prof. Thomas Form, Electronics & Vehicle Research, Volkswagen.
  • Brian Droessler, VP of Software & Connected Solutions, Continental,

In the coming months, CCE will be releasing additional information on more panels and participating speakers.

On Nov. 17, all presentations, discussions, CCE exhibits and news conferences will be held at the JW Marriott L.A. Live, which is adjacent to the LA Convention Center.  The remaining Press & Trade Days events and news conferences (Nov 18 & 19) will take place at the LA Convention Center.

Companies exhibiting include Auto Alliance, Covisint, Elektrobit, Faurecia, Garmin, Global Automakers, KPMG, Mojio, OnStar, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, QNX, whiteCryption, Wind River and dozens of start-ups and app developers.

This year’s CCE starts with an evening welcome reception on Monday, Nov. 16, and is followed by LA Auto Show’s press and trade events at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Nov. 18-19.