A panel discussion featuring the heads of design at Volkswagen and Tesla, and collector vehicle expert McKeel Hagerty, is being billed as the highlight of the second annual “Future of the Automobile Conference” scheduled for May 3 at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
“Because we are amidst immense change in the automotive industry, we want to be ahead of the discussion,” the museum’s executive director, Terry Karges, was quoted in the conference announcement. “The ‘Future of the Automobile Conference’ allows us to lead the revolution, inspiring open conversation amongst trailblazers and automotive enthusiasts.”
The featured panel in the day-long conference will include Klaus Bischoff of Volkswagen, Javier Verdura of Tesla, and Hagerty, head of the insurance and vehicle valuation company that bears his family’s name.
Hagerty also will offer the “midday keynote” address, “Human driving in an autonomous future.”
“The day-long series of talks, demonstrations and panel discussions throughout the museum will gather leaders in the auto, tech and city-planning fields,” the museum promises.
“Topics of discussion will include designing the future, connectivity and security, the future of infrastructure and city planning, artificial intelligence and autonomy, the future of ownership and ridesharing, powering the future, and the rise of China.”
In addition to the featured panel, other speakers at the event will include Wolfgang Warnecke of Shell; Dakota Semler of Thor Trucks; Michael Dunne, an expert on the Asian automotive industry; Sam Park, Nissan designer based in Silicon Valley; Kellen Pucher, director of Panasonic’s connected vehicles program; and many others.
For additional information, visit the conference website.