Valeo April Meeting Recap

Valeo welcomed WAJ to its Mobility Tech Center for our April Members meeting. Valeo, not a household name, is a leading global automotive tech company. Valeo was created nearly 100 years ago has quite a presence worldwide. It is located in 33 countries with sales of $23 billion and 113k employees…40 of whom are based here in Silicon Valley. WAJ members were welcomed by Peter Groth who is the General Manager of the Mobility Tech Center. Peter introduced us to Daniel Benchetrite, North America Powertrain New Mobility Director, and David Hermina, Innovation & Collaboration Research Manager, who took turns with presentation duties. Continue reading

March Member Meeting Recap

Recap of our March Member Meeting At Unity
By Emme Hall, WAJ VP of Events

Our March meeting found us in the Unity offices in downtown San Francisco. Unity produces a real-time 3D development platforms and is mostly known in the video game world. However, the tech is also used by manufacturers like Volkswagen, Toyota, BMW and even niche producers and designers like Pininfarina.

The evening got off to a great start with Unity hosting a pizza and drinks mixer in their kitchen/dining room.  WAJ President, Charlie Vogelheim then kicked off the meeting with a brief update on WAJ, and to remind members that if they hadn’t renewed their membership it was time to do that. Continue reading

2018 Silicon Valley Reinvents the Wheel Recap

2018 Recap
A Review by Steve Schaefer

On Monday, October 1, the Western Automotive Journalists and the Autotech Council met at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California for their annual high-tech automotive event. The all-day program featured more than a dozen interesting speakers, the Autotech Council Science Fair, and some outdoor displays during the tasty lunch. Continue reading

2018 Silicon Valley Reinvents the Wheel

Registration is Closed for this Event
Monday, October 1st, 2018
Computer History Museum
Mountain View, CA

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WAJ joins forces with the Autotech Council for an event at the epicenter of innovation in Silicon Valley that will bring together thought leaders from the auto and tech worlds to examine not only the future of cars, but also how technology is transforming transportation. The event will feature engaging discussions on topics ranging from next-generation powertrains and fuels to 21st Century automotive retail, from cutting-edge in-dash connectivity to self-driving technology.  Additionally, there will be cutting edge vehicle and product demonstrations from automakers, their technology suppliers, and visionaries from Silicon Valley. The program includes lunch served by the finest in Silicon Valley Gourmet Food Trucks. 

Who: Western Automotive Journalists (WAJ) and The Autotech Council
When: Monday, October 1st, 2018 10 am
Where: Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA
Participants: 300+ influential attendees including OEMs, suppliers, developers, startups, investors, educators, recruiters and journalists
Journalists: WAJ automotive journalists along with tech,
lifestyle and local media.

Vehicle Demo: Prototype and production vehicles displaying the latest technologies.
Autotech Science Fair: displays of current and future technologies

Current Agenda*
Morning Session: 10am – 12:00pm
Welcome and Update: Charlie Vogelheim
ACES 2018 and Beyond
Sven Beiker, Silicon Valley Mobility
Reinventing the Wheel: Marcus Hays Chairman, CEO & Co-founder, Orbis Wheels
Lucid – The Fast & the Funded: Peter Rawlinson, CTO LUCID Motors
Education and Standards: SAE International, John Tintinalli, Global Product Executive
Technology Startups:  Derek Kerton, Autotech Council

LUNCH: 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Gourmet Lunch Trucks and Vehicle Display
Autotech Science Fair in Grand Hall until 4:00

Afternoon Session: 2:00pm – 5:30pm
Ford Labs: Dragos Maciuca, Executive Director, Ford Research & Innovation Center
The Connected Car: Powell Kinney, Toyota Connected
Photorealistic Simulation: Danny Shapiro, NVIDIA

Making Sense of the Sensor & Applying Biomimicry to Vehicle    Autonomy: AEye, James Doty, MD,  Blair LaCorte
Thermal Vision Sensor Advances: Seek Thermal, Tim LeBeau
Cybersecurity: Dan Sahar VP Products, Upstream Security
Innovation, New Products:, George Hotz
Mobility: Mollie D’Agostino, UC Davis-3 Revolutions
Autonomous Racing: Joshua Schachter, Self Racing Cars

Reception 5:30pm – 7:00pm
*Subject to change

SVRtW kicks off with ACES 2018 and Beyond by Sven Beiker. Sven is the Founder of Silicon Valley Mobility, and has recently returned to a teaching role at Stanford, after his stint at McKinsey & Company.

Peter Rawlinson, CTO of Lucid Motors will be discussing their efforts in building a new automobile company from the ground up.

Dragos Maciuca, the Executive Technical Director of Ford’s Palo Alto Research and Innovation Center, develops and manages the strategy for Ford in Silicon Valley. His project portfolio includes autonomous vehicles, connectivity, mobility, UX and data analytics. Dragos also provides advice to startups, incubators and VCs. He has a PhD in engineering and an MBA with focus on Finance and Corporate Strategy. His background includes experience at Nissan BMW, Lockheed Martin and Apple.

Powell Kinney, CPO of Toyota Connected will be discussing their efforts with the connected car. As the global technology strategy business unit for Toyota, Toyota Connected is reinventing the way people think about mobility through the use of advanced technology and predictive intelligence.

John Tintinalli, Global Product Executive of SAE International, will explain his mission to expand SAE International’s delivery of knowledge based solutions to further the evolution of mobility. His initiatives include automated/autonomous vehicles and V2X connectivity, testing & simulation, vehicle electronics, AI & computing, advanced powertrain, accident reconstruction & crash research, advanced manufacturing, vehicle cybersecurity, and material light-weighting.

Marcus Hays,Chairman, CEO & Co-founder of Orbis Wheels is literally reinventing the wheel with their Ring-Drive electric motor wheel system. He will be discussing Orbis’s advances in this exciting technology.

NVIDIA has developed AI technology that is being used by automakers to train deep neural networks in the data center, and then run them inside an autonomous vehicle. However, how do you effectively test and validate the AV hardware and software stack? Danny Shapiro will delve into how NVIDIA is now enabling the use of photorealistic simulation to drive millions of miles in VR, ensuring these complex hardware and software systems are safe before they are put on our roads.

George Hotz is back and will be revealing an all new product. George and are well known for the pushing the boundaries of autonomous development in the spirit of Silicon Valley entrepreneur individualism

James Doty, MD, of AEye is a clinical professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is also the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University of which His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the founding benefactor. He works with scientists from a number of disciplines examining the neural bases for compassion and altruism. He holds multiple patents and is the former CEO of Accuray.

Our distinct venue encompasses a large vehicle display area, and our event partner, the Autotech Council, will host an unplugged Science Fair featuring over 40 emerging companies displaying their tech eye candy. If you’re interested in automotive tech, be there or be square.

Be sure to check out the outdoor Vehicle and Technology displays with the latest offerings from RAM, Ford, Toyota, Phantom, Eyeris and more.

Sponsorship, speaking, and demonstration opportunities are available for this important technology event.

Charlie Vogelheim, WAJ President, (949) 929-0716.

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