Redefining Mobility Summit

2019 Edition

The Contra Costa Transportation Authority, along with our partner GoMentum Station, hosted our fifth annual Redefining Mobility Summit in San Ramon, California on March 8, 2019. With a focus on how innovative research and cutting edge technology is revolutionizing transportation, this year’s summit brought together an exciting speaking program of both industry and government leaders. You can review the schedule and view our sessions from our March summit below.

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8:15am | Opening Session

Welcoming Remarks from State Assembly Member Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, 16th District

Welcoming Remarks from Supervisor Candace Andersen, Contra Costa County District II

Welcoming Remarks from Mayor Bill Clarkson, City of San Ramon

Welcoming Remarks from Board Chair Robert Taylor, Contra Costa Transportation Authority


8:45am | International Perspective on Advancing Connected & Automated Vehicle Testing

Featuring transportation innovators from around the world, this panel of experts will share how they are reshaping the future of transportation through their work with connected and automated vehicles.

Moderator: Randy Iwasaki, Contra Costa Transportation Authority

Naohiko Kakimi, Counsellor for SIP ADUS, CAO and Director, ITS and Automated Driving Promotion Office, METI

Divyanshu Kamboj, Project Manager – Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Program Invest Ottawa

Andres Aparicio, who manages IDIADA’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems team

Rita Excell, Executive Director of the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) Centre of Excellence


10am | Keynote Speaker: Anousheh Ansari

Get inspired by the first female private space explorer, Anousheh Ansari. Anousheh Ansari now serves as the CEO of XPRIZE. Prior to this role, Ansari served as the CEO of Prodea Systems, a leading Internet of Things (IoT) technology firm she co-founded in 2006, and continues to serve as the executive chairwoman.


10:45 | Safe and Sound: How Safety is the Key to an Autonomous Future

The promise of self-driving cars, is that they remove human error and can expand mobility options for a wide range of passengers. Safety-centric development and deployment approach holds the key to unlock this future. Experts from AAA, AV technology developers and more will share the latest innovations and thinking that will help bring AV safety into focus.

Moderator: Charlie Vogelheim, President of Western Automotive Journalists

Megan McKernan, Manager, Automotive Engineering – Automobile Club of Southern California

Ignacio Garcia, VP, Autonomous Vehicle Strategy – AAA NCNU

Brian Kebschull, President – Dynamic Research Inc.

Alan Jowett, VP of Business Development – Ottopia



1:00pm | Start-up Shark Tank

Watch transportation startups compete for a $10,000 prize to help them on their quest to redefine mobility.


Route Reports, Detecterra, Smart Edge, Traffic Patterns, Allvision IO, EVSEE

Cynthia Kueppers, Head of Venture Capital at A3V, AAA

Anousheh Ansari, CEO, XPRIZE

Habib Shamskhou, President, Advanced Mobility Group

Paddy Ramanathan, Founder and CEO, iValley Innovation Center


2:30pm | Future of Freight

Moving goods from ports to people is critical to our country’s economy. Doing so with cleaner, safer vehicles is imperative for the health of our communities. From zero and near zero trains and trucks to drone technology to self-driving trucks to truck platooning, advances are being made that can help us increase throughput, efficiency, and safety while reducing the impact on our environment. This panel will explore the latest technologies and trends in freight movement.

Moderator: Fran Inman, Chair, California Transportation Commission

Jonny Morris, Head of Public Policy, Embark

Paul Konasewich, Director of Business Development, PACCAR Silicon Valley Innovation Center

Nate Kaplan, State Director, GoRail


3:30pm | Advancing Urban Mobility: Moving Cities Forward

Urban mobility has unique challenges. This panel will explore how cities can move more people without increasing congestion or deteriorating air quality by promoting transit, shared mobility, alternative fuels, embracing technology advancements and shifting from thinking about moving cars to moving people.

Moderator: Neil Pedersen, Transportation Research Board Executive Director

Ali Mortazavi, Director of Nissan R&D and AI

Sohier Hall, President/CEO of Luum

Hugo Fozzati, Director of Business & Operations for AutoX

David Swallow, Senior Director of Engineering and Technology, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada

Jimmy Kim, Business Development Lead, Verizon Smart Communities


4:45pm | Closing Remarks and Winner of Startup Shark Tank Announced