From blockchain and quantum computing to vehicle hacking and chip design, the inaugural Drive Conference and Expo in Silicon Valley will bring together engineers across multiple disciplines to explore the future of automotive technology.

  • How V2X Connectivity Could Pave the Way to Level 5 Autonomy 

    Tuesday, August 27 • 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

    In the race to Level 5 autonomy, V2X (vehicle-to-everything) communication is making waves in the automotive world by complementing the capabilities of existing sensor technology, and providing higher level of predictability and determinism, conveying location, speed, direction, and even intent. But will V2X be the catalyst that will get us to Level 5? This session will explore how V2X will serve as the foundation of connected vehicles, future transportation, and ultimately achieving Level 5. 

     (Image source: NXP Semiconductors N.V. )

  • Decomposition of an Autonomous Vehicle

    Tuesday, August 27 • 2:15 PM – 5:00 PM

    Location: Room 207

    What are autonomous vehicles made of? Experts from VSI Labs will dive deep into the hardware and software that comes together to create vehicles with Level 2 autonomy and beyond. You’ll leave this session with a new appreciation and understanding of just what it takes to engineer a self-driving car.

    (Image source: VSI Labs)

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    Hacking the Autonomous Vehicle

    Wednesday, August 28 • 8:00 AM – 8:55 AM

    Location: Room 207

    Our vehicles have essentially become computers on wheels. And no computer is immune to hackers and cyberattacks. A panel of automotive and cybersecurity experts will discuss the new realm of automotive safety and how automakers can address the growing threat of vehicle hacking.

     (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

  • Future Directions: Blockchain in the Automotive Ecosystem

    Wednesday, August 28 • 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

    Location: Room 206

    Blockchain isn’t just about cryptocurrency anymore. The distributed ledger technology is here to stay and it’s poised to transform how vehicles operate, connect with each other, and even how they’re sold. Join a panel of experts: Alan Gordon, Technical Leader at Ford Research & InnovWednesday, August 28 • 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

    Location: Room 206ation Center; Ramesh Ramadoss, Chair of the IEE Blockchain Initiative, and Michael Vo, CTO Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI) as they discuss how blockchain is transforming the automotive industry and what challenges lie ahead.

    (Image source: Chorus Mobility)

  • Future Directions: Quantum Computing to Accelerate Safety & Efficiency of Autonomous Driving

    Thursday, August 29 • 8:00 AM – 8:55 AM

    Location: Room 207

    The computing power needed to make self-driving vehicles a reality is a task that is still daunting engineers. But the answer may lie in the realm of quantum mechanics.  The auto industry is exploring the potential of quantum computing to address autonomous vehicles’ enormous need for computing power for data processing and wireless communication. Join Jeewika Ranaweera, Principle Hardware Engineer at Oracle, as she lays out how future generations of automobiles will rely on qubits and quantum entanglement as much as oil and gas.

     (Image source: Quantum Nanoelectronics Laboratory, UC Berkeley)

  • Human Perception AI: The Future of the In-Car Experience

    Thursday, August 29 • 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM

    Location: Room 206

    What if your car could understand how you were feeling? Using in-cabin cameras, today’s AI can sense the identities, activities, and cognitive and emotional states of vehicle occupants to personalize the driving experience. Join Abdelrahman Mahmoud, Senior Product Manager at Affectiva, a developer of emotional AI systems for the automotive industry, for a look at the future of the in-cab experience.

    And if you want a primer on emotional AI, be sure to read more about it on Design News.

     (Image source: Affectiva)

  • How to Build an Autonomous Chip

    Thursday, August 29 • 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

    Location: Room 206

    Level 3 autonomy is here and Level 4 is right around the corner. The push for vehicle technology is having a massive impact on chip design, transforming the ways chips are designed and built and what IPs are used. Join a panel of experts from Semiconductor Engineering, Dell, Qualcomm, Drako Motors, Synopsis, and Mentor as they discuss the new landscape of chip design for automotive and how advanced electronics will eventually bring vehicles to Level 5 autonomy.

    (Image source: NXP Semiconductors/Kalray)

What do artificial intelligence, blockchain, and quantum computing all have in common? They’re all emerging technologies that are having a significant impact on the automotive industry on many levels. As the world continues on the road toward Level 5 fully autonomous vehicles, and today’s vehicles become more and more connected, the auto industry is leveraging new technologies like never before to realize its ambitions.

The sessions here are just a few of the offerings available at the 2019 Drive World Conference & Expo , but are great options for any attendees looking to understand these technologies and the seismic shifts they’re bringing to the automotive industry.

Drive World with ESC Launches in Silicon Valley

This summer (August 27-29),  Drive World Conference & Expo  launches in Silicon Valley with North America’s largest embedded systems event, Embedded Systems Conference (ESC). The inaugural three-day showcase brings together the brightest minds across the automotive electronics and embedded systems industries who are looking to shape the technology of tomorrow.

Will you be there to help engineer this shift?  Register today!