Ann ArborMobility Summit
Thursday, June 14, 2018
8:30am-5:30pm followed by a networking reception
Meeting of the Minds, in partnership with Ann Arbor SPARK and Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti SmartZone, convened a unique one-day thought leadership summit in Ann Arbor focused on emerging autonomous mobility and smart city solutions. Participants had the first-of-its-kind opportunity to tour the recently opened American Center for Mobility (formerly Willow Run) and experience live demos from OEMs and mobility start-ups on the private track and infrastructure assets, followed by small group discussions and workshops. Participants were encouraged to stay for Ann Arbor’s TechTrek on June 15th, which spotlights over 70 local tech start-ups and gazelles.
On June 14, 2018, Meeting of the Minds convened 151 global thought leaders in downtown Ann Arbor to share best practices, lessons learned, and key insights that are accelerating new mobility solutions and autonomous technology in cities.
Morning plenaries discussed current mobility challenges, gaps and opportunities in the Ann Arbor-Detroit-Ypsilanti region, followed by global best practices to prepare for the electric, shared and autonomous revolution. Sessions took a deep dive into key technology, policy, and financing tools for cities and emerging solutions from national and global examples. Morning plenaries were followed by small group discussions over lunch with plenary speakers to continue the conversation and build partnerships.
In the afternoon, all 151 summit participants had the opportunity to attend the first of its kind behind-the-scenes site visit of the recently opened American Center for Mobility (formerly Willow Run) for a special access tour of the private track, tunnel, intersections, cityscape, and suburban grid built specifically for AV testing. In addition, participants experienced live demos from Ford, Iteris, Derq, Substrate, Trillium, Cimcon Lighting, RoadBotics, Visteon, and Polysync. This was followed by
The Ann Arbor Mobility Summit is made possible by the generous support of these organizations.
60% local, 40% extra-local
- Public Sector 13%
- Private Sector/Entrepreneur 49%
- NGO and Philanthropy 25%
- Academia 10%
- Media 3%
SVP level and higher
Background and Purpose
New autonomous mobility innovations will bring potentially profound disruptions to our cities and regions. Expanding the range of affordable mobility options for city-dwellers is a goal held dear by nearly every urban leader. However, we are facing a narrow window of time to anticipate and plan for big changes with the widest possible benefits. More than 52 cities around the world are already testing AV technology, including Ann Arbor. As commercially viable autonomous vehicles show up on our roads, and as other technologies transform the daily commute experience, will these help us to achieve equitable access to work, healthcare, schools and services? Industry-led discussions have largely been focused on the technological innovations. With a shift from tech-centric discussions to more service-focused discussions, two core elements of the Big Picture are being acknowledged: the city-dweller who takes a trip and the city itself. The Ann Arbor Mobility Summit will tackle some key questions: What are the short-term steps needed to ease congestion, parking pressures, modal shift, equitable access and cross-sector collaboration as we move towards an autonomous future? Short-term approaches must build towards long-term outcomes.
We are facing a fragmented ecosystem of players and stakeholders. The Ann Arbor Mobility Summit will put the spotlight on how to build an innovation mobility ecosystem and a regional strategy linking Ann Arbor and Detroit. The Ann Arbor-Detroit corridor poses both a major challenge and opportunity for the region. How do we create a Southeastern Michigan mobility cluster and build on the region’s transportation research and innovation strengths? How can key urban actors — city government, state government, OEMs, MaaS providers, tech-firms, investors, employers, philanthropy, non-profits — build a supportive mobility innovation ecosystem. What are global best practices from which we can draw upon? Rust-belt cities have similar pain points as it relates to increasing mobility access including: mass urban sprawl, dispersed and concentrated areas, extensive service needs, talent retention and attraction, and funding. However, many rust-belt cities are tackling this head on and finding creative solutions to ease urgent needs. Our first Mobility Summit convened in Boston in June 2017. Join us in Ann Arbor this June for our second Mobility Summit as we dig even deeper into these dimensions as it relates particularly to the Ann Arbor-Detroit region. Our mission on June 14 is to convene leaders working towards shared solutions across sectors and cities and draw key lessons learned from the larger Meeting of the Minds global leadership network which lend themselves to Southeast Michigan.
Site Visit and Demos
The recently opened (December 2017) American Center for Mobility (formerly Willow Run) is a uniquely purpose-built facility focused on testing, verification and self-certification of connected and automated vehicles and other mobility technologies at the 335-acre historic Willow Run site in Ypsilanti Township in Southeast Michigan. The American Center for Mobility is a non-profit testing and product development facility for future mobility, designed to enable safe validation of connected and automated vehicle technology, and accelerate the development of voluntary standards. Find more information at www.acmwillowrun.org.
Delegates will have the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes tour of the recently opened site including the private highway track, intersections, tunnel and cityscape specifically built for AV testing. Live and static demos from Ford, Iteris, Derq, Substrate, Trillium, Cimcon Lighting, RoadBotics, Visteon, and Polysync will give delegates a first-hand look at emerging prototypes and technology innovations which are being developed and deployed.
The site visit and demos will be followed by small group discussions in facilitated workshops to address key gaps and challenges as laid out in the morning plenaries with emerging solutions, lessons learned and next steps.
See live demos from these companies. (More to be announced shortly)
Over 30 speakers, including:
June 14, 2018
- Gordon Feller, Co-Founder, Meeting of the Minds
- Jessie Feller Hahn, Executive Director, Meeting of the Minds
Setting the Context – Regional Mobility Challenges and Vision for The Region
The Ann Arbor-Detroit-Ypsilanti corridor poses both a major challenge and opportunity for the region as we move into connected, autonomous, electric and shared mobility. How do we create a Southeastern Michigan mobility cluster and build on the region’s transportation research and innovation strengths? How do we build a supportive mobility innovation ecosystem?
- Moderator: Paul Krutko, CEO, Ann Arbor SPARK
- Craig Hupy, Public Services Area Administrator, City of Ann Arbor
- Mark de la Vergne, Chief of Mobility Innovation, City of Detroit
- Pamela Lewis, Director, New Economy Initiative
Urgent Transportation and Access Gaps in Southeast Michigan
- Teresa M. Gillotti, Interim Director, Office of Community & Economic Development, Washtenaw County
Short-Term Technology and Data Solutions to Congestion, Access and Mobility
- The Transportation Security Index
- Alexandra Murphy, Assistant Professor in Sociology and Faculty Affiliate of the Population Studies Center at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan
- Mobility Data Platforms
- Regina Clewlow, CEO & Founder, Populus
- V-to-I & Safer Streets
- Joe Boissy, CMO, Iteris
Networking Coffee Break
AV Impacts on Municipal Revenue and Emerging Solutions
- Nico Larco, Director – Urbanism Next Center, Professor – University of Oregon
How to Build and Support a Mobility Innovation Ecosystem
- Moderator: Komal Doshi, Director of Mobility Programs, Ann Arbor SPARK
- Andreas Mai, Executive Vice President, Market Development & Innovation, Keolis North America
- Elizabeth Berkey Cathles, Senior Manager, Strategy, Deloitte Consulting LLP
- Roger Millar, Secretary of Transportation, Washington State Department of Transportation
- Kirk Steudle, Director, Michigan Department of Transportation
Testing and Validation Systems – Safety Protocols and the Future of AV
- Moderator: Rick Sturgeon, Senior Director of Transportation and Mobility, Dassault Systèmes
- John Maddox, CEO, American Center for Mobility
- Carla Bailo, President and CEO, Center for Automotive Research
Looking Out Towards 2050
- Paul T. Fanson, Senior Manager, Strategy Office, Toyota Motor North America Research and Development
Themed Lunch Tables
Join the speakers from the morning plenary sessions at their tables to continue the conversation, ask questions and dig a bit deeper into the content and next steps.
Please meet in front of the Graduate Hotel.
Buses leave for ACM
Site Visit and Live Demos at American Center for Mobility
The American Center for Mobility (ACM) is a non-profit testing and product development facility for future mobility, uniquelly designed to enable safe validation of connected and automated vehicle technology, and to accelerate the development of voluntary standards.
Delegates will have the opportunity to get a rare behind-the-scenes tour of the American Center for Mobility, located on 335 acres in Ypsilanti Township in Southest Michigan. This tour will include the private highway track, intersections, and tunnel specifically built for AV testing. Live and static demos from Ford, Iteris, Derq, Substrate, Trillium, Cimcon Lighting, RoadBotics, Visteon, and Polysync will give delegates a first-hand look at emerging prototypes and technology innovations being developed and deployed.
Leave ACM by Bus
Arrive at the Graduate Hotel
Transition to work sessions.
Facilitated Work Session #1
The site visit and demos will be followed by small group discussions in facilitated workshops to address key gaps and challenges as laid out in the morning plenaries with a focus on emerging solutions, lessons learned and next steps.
Coffee Break & Transition
Facilitated Work Session #2
Choose a second topic area of interest to you.
Wrap-up and Next Steps
Jessie Feller Hahn, Executive Director, Meeting of the Minds
Networking Reception and Fast Track Awards Ceremony
Join the gazelles being honored by Ann Arbor SPARK in a joint networking reception with local and regional leaders. We encourage participants to also attend the Friday, June 15 activities in downtown Ann Arbor (all walking distance from the Graduate Hotel). More information is at techtrek.annarborusa.org.
Facilitated Work Sessions
During the facilitated work sessions, delegates will break into groups of 10-12 for small working groups. Each group will focus on a particular subset of issues from the morning plenaries and use the ACM demos and site visit to inform the discussions around solutions, remaining key challenges, and next steps – including partnerships and possible pilots. Working session topics are listed below along with the name of the facilitator(s).
1. Short-Term Technology and Data Solutions for Congestion, Access and Mobility
Facilitator: Regina Clewlow, CEO & Founder, Populus
2. Building and Supporting a Regional Mobility Ecosystem
- Komal Doshi, Director of Mobility Programs, Ann Arbor SPARK
- Jim Sayer, Director and Research Scientist, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute
3. Wireless Technology, 5G Roll Out, and Cybersecurity
Facilitator: Gordon Feller, Co-Founder, Meeting of the Minds
4. Ensuring Access is at the Center of Mobility Initiatives in the Region
- Pamela Lewis, Director, New Economy Initiative
- Teresa Gillotti, Interim Director, Office of Community and Economic Development, Washtenaw County
5. Future of the Ann Arbor-Detroit-Ypsilanti Corridor
- Mark de la Vergne, Chief of Mobility Innovation, City of Detroit
- Paul Krutko, CEO, Ann Arbor SPARK
6. AV Impacts on Municipal Revenue and Emerging Solutions
Facilitator: Nico Larco, Director – Urbanism Next Center, Professor – University of Oregon
7. Setting State Policy for AVs and Innovation
Facilitator: Roger Millar, Secretary of Transportation, Washington State Department of Transportation
8. V-2-V, V-2-I, V-2-X: Roads and Pedestrians
Facilitator: Will Foss, Director, Business Development & Partnerships, Derq
9. Future Proofing for 2050
Facilitator: Paul T. Fanson, Senior Manager, Strategy Office, Toyota Motor North America Research and Development
10. Testing and Validation for Safe AV
Facilitator: Rick Sturgeon, Senior Director of Transportation and Mobility, Dassault Systèmes
Venue and Lodging
The Ann Arbor Mobility Summit convenes at the Graduate Hotel.
The Graduate Hotel
615 E Huron S
Ann Arbor, MI 48104