Announcing the agenda for TechCrunch Sessions: Mobility 2022 – TechCrunch

TC Sessions: Mobility is back, and this year we’re bringing together the best and brightest founders, investors, engineers and experts on the future of transportation for a two-day, in-person event on May 18-19 in San Mateo, California.

An online day will follow on May 20th to allow our audience, including those who were unable to attend, the opportunity to tune in online and see highlights of the live event, network and view the full sessions. We are pleased to announce that Herbert Diess, Group CEO of the Volkswagen Group, will be speaking about his vision for the future of mobility during this online-only portion of the event.

TC Sessions: Mobility will feature speakers on the main stage, a variety of startup exhibits, demos, networking and a live pitch-off with a pretty sweet win. We’re excited to give a first look at some of the people – and vehicles – that will be on our main stage and what we want to talk about.

Who is on our stage? We are pleased that you are asked. Let’s start with two vehicles that haven’t made their personal public debut yet: an electric vehicle that Arrival is building for Uber, and the custom-built Zoox robotic taxi.

Additional topics on our list for this year include examining the opportunities and challenges facing urban airlines and cities, the dual avenues companies are taking to commercialize autonomous vehicle technology, cybersecurity, micro-mobility, self-driving trucks and autonomous delivery.

Our guests include Aurora Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer Sterling Anderson, Motional CTO Laura MajorCo-founder of Nuro and General Manager Jiajun Zhu and Waymo co-CEO Dmitri Dolgov. And then there’s Bonny Simi, Head of Air Operations and People at Joby Aviation, and Rebecca Yeung, Corporate Vice President at FedEx responsible for the company’s robotics and autonomous vehicle initiatives and cybersecurity phenomena Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek with cruise.

Purchase your general admissions or early stage startup demo pack today before prices go up. We also recently added two new ways to join the event; Expo Only and Online Only passes ($75 and $45 respectively).

May 18th

How to land early-stage financing

With Yoon Choi (Muirwoods Ventures), Mar Hershenson (Pear VC) and Gabriel Scheer (Elemental Excelerator)

Spoiler alert: Uber for X is no longer a differentiator. Mobility is not an emerging industry, and industry startups seeking funding should consider this advantage. Investors need not explain the venture-size opportunity in the transportation industry; Instead, they want to see contrarian growth — whether it’s a fresh look at an old technology or profitability. TechCrunch brings together three venture capitalists — Muirwoods Ventures’ Yoon Choi, Pear VC’s Mar Hershenson, and Elemental’s Gabriel Scheer — to talk about their investment strategies, what’s hot and what’s not.

Turning an AV innovation into a product

with Oliver Cameron (Cruise) and Laura Major (Motional)

Autonomous vehicle technology has evolved from the confines of academic research to living laboratories – aka testing on closed tracks and public roads. Now a handful of companies, including Cruise and Motional, are trying to convert their innovation into a product that’s not only technically capable of navigating city streets, but is also accessible and easy to use. Cruise VP of Product and former Voyage co-founder Oliver Cameron and Motional CTO Laura Major will cover the technical and deployment challenges of building a product that people can and want to use.

Vehicle headlights: Zoox

with Jesse Levinson (Zoox)

Zoox first introduced its custom-built Robotaxi vehicle in a virtual event in December 2020. This vehicle has been largely under wraps since then, with testing taking place in areas away from the public eye. Now the Zoox vehicle is ready for an up close and personal debut at TC Sessions: Mobility. Zoox co-founder and CTO Jesse Levinson will talk about the vehicle, the company’s progress and where we might see Zoox next.

How to unlock profits in micromobility
with Alex Nesic (Drover AI), Janelle Wang (Acton) and speaker to be announced

Despite the huge amounts of venture capital that have flowed into shared micromobility, the industry has yet to achieve a single economy cheap enough to generate profits. But it’s getting close. We sit down with Drover AI’s Alex Nesic, Acton’s Janelle Wang and another panelist to talk about the new methods and new technology being used to help micro-mobility companies turn a profit.

The world according to Waymo

with Dmitri Dolgov, Co-CEO of Waymo

Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving arm, has recently achieved significant milestones, from launching a robotaxi service in San Francisco to securing partnerships with established logistics companies that will help it commercialize autonomous freight. However, challenges remain on all sides – politically, technologically, economically and socially. Waymo Co-CEO Dmitri Dolgov has been there from the start. As one of the founders of Google’s self-driving car project, which began in 2009 and became Waymo in 2016, he’ll talk to us about how far autonomy has come and how far it still has to go.

TechCrunch Mobility Pitch Off

The industry’s brightest entrepreneurs will take the stage in front of a live audience and panel of industry experts and showcase disruptive technologies. Founders – apply here.

How Urban Air fits into cities

with Gary Gysin (Wisk Aero), Cyrus Sigari (UP.Partners) and Bonny Simi (Joby Aviation)

What does it take to run Urban Air Mobility operations in cities? TechCrunch Mobility will sit down with Gary Gysin, President and CEO of Wisk Aero, Cyrus Sigari, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at UP.Partners, and Bonny Simi, Head of Air Operations and People at Joby Aviation to discuss both the challenges and these to discuss opportunities in the field of urban air mobility and what it takes to not only hit the market in cities, but actually be of value to residents.

The road to commercialization of autonomous trucks

with Sterling Anderson (Aurora Innovation) and Rebecca Yeung (FedEx)

Aurora has been piloting a program with FedEx since September 2021 to ship goods between Dallas and Houston using self-driving Paccar trucks. As with most other autonomous cargo pilots, security personnel are present in the vehicles, but Aurora’s goal is to have this truck fully autonomous driving by the end of next year. We speak to Aurora Co-Founder Sterling Anderson and FedEx Head of Robotics and Autonomous Vehicle Technology, Rebecca Yeung, to discuss the progress of the pilot and how it will impact the future of the autonomous truck.

May 19th

How your startup should think about collaboration, not just capital

with John Du (GM Ventures), Taylor Ogan (Snow Bull Capital) and Trina Van Pelt (Intel Capital)

The capital markets have a way of distracting even the most rowdy founders. However, as we are beginning to see, a cheap round of funding is no substitute for a well-oiled operation. And startups should think more about strategic opportunities and collaborations when giving up those coveted spots on the cap table. We’re bringing together GM Ventures’ John Du, Snow Bull Capital’s Taylor Ogan, and Intel Capital’s Trina Van Pelt to talk about partnerships in the mobility world — especially the ones you probably aren’t thinking about.

A contrarian view of providing autonomy at scale

with Austin Russell (Luminar)

Luminar Founder and CEO Austin Russell has a different take on how to deploy autonomy at scale than other AV developers in the industry, as well as Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Lidar is central to Russell’s vision, but perhaps not in the way one might think. We’ll delve into Russell’s perspective and strategy for bringing autonomous vehicles to the masses at scale—without pulling the human out of the driver’s seat.

The new passenger economy

With Nils Wollny (Holoride)

Anticipating a future where autonomy is the norm and passengers are looking for stimulating entertainment to break the monotony of commuting, Holoride offers an in-car VR system that transforms any vehicle into a moving theme park. Only the Audi spinoff is not waiting for full autonomy to commercialize its product and bring us into the new passenger economy. Holoride’s VR technology is coming to Audi cars as early as this summer. We sit down with Nils Wollny, Holoride co-founder and CEO, to discuss the place of VR, blockchain, NFTs and cryptocurrencies in the automotive space.NEED TITLE

Securing today’s cars and tomorrow’s robo-taxis

with Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek (cruise)

A new era of connected cars is here and with it new security risks. And then there are robotaxis and other autonomous vehicles. Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, undisputed leaders in the cybersecurity industry, who both hold top security positions at GM-backed self-driving company Cruise, will join us to discuss the dynamic and rapidly changing field of automotive cybersecurity.

Vehicle Spotlight: Arrival

with Avinash Rugoobur (Arrival)

Arrival last year announced plans to partner with Uber to design and build an affordable, purpose-built electric vehicle for ride-hailing. Before the vehicle goes into production in Q3 2023, Arrival will showcase it here at TC Sessions: Mobility. Arrival President Avinash Rugoobur will be speaking about the process of designing and hopefully producing the vehicle, which the EV company is also working on and what could be just around the corner.

TechCrunch Mobility Pitch Off

The industry’s brightest entrepreneurs will take the stage in front of a live audience and panel of industry experts and showcase disruptive technologies. Founders – apply here.

Where is my autonomous car?

With Yanbing Li (Aurora), Saswat Panigrahi (Waymo) and Sarah Tariq (NVIDIA)

When it comes to moving people with autonomous vehicles, two paths emerge: robotaxi services and private vehicles with autonomous capabilities. Companies are moving towards the commercialization of robotaxis by directly aiming for full autonomy. On the other hand, automakers today are bringing passenger vehicles to market with a lower level of autonomy via advanced driver assistance systems, with the end goal of slowly improving until they can offer passenger vehicles with a higher level of autonomous functionality. We’ll sit down with the AV experts to discuss the stumbling blocks for each approach and discuss which ones might succeed at scale first.

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