September 30, 2021 (Event is closed)

The “robo car” – is autonomous driving in the (near) future possible or is it just a pipe dream? Will the tech-industry drive the innovation forward or will the automotive companies determine the speed? What can be expected in the near future and where are the opportunities for entrepreneurs and “the Mittelstand”?

Autonomous driving has become one of the hottest topics in the automotive industry – and beyond! Is it indeed a pipe dream or will car manufacturers have to prepare for a major transformation to refocus their core competencies and build up expertise in new areas much faster than they are prepared to? Transatlantic industry experts discuss breakthroughs in advanced driver-assistance systems and economic business models.

Target Audience

This event is directed towards start-ups, corporations, investors and customers.

Outcomes & Relevancy for Target Audience in the US & Germany

Germany has been the leader in car manufacturing for 100 years. The backbone of the German 3rd party supplier industry is driving the German economy. Autonomous driving is happening but German car manufacturers are NOT taking it serious. Technology will define the future of this trend and Germany is NOT prepared. We need to start talking about the challenges and reason to ensure Germany is not lagging behind. the consequences in 5-10 years can be devastating.


Matthias Hohensee Matthias Hohensee
Bureau Chief Silicon Valley Wirtschaftswoche


Johann Jungwirth Johann Jungwirth
Vice President of Mobility-as-a-Service at Mobileye; former CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Inc.; Chief Digital Officer of the Volkswagen Group
Tobias Wessels Tobias Wessels
Chief Corporate Development Officer at Udelv, Inc.; formerly GoogleX
Mario Herger Mario Herger
Technology Trend Researcher; Author
Hendrik Kramer Hendrik Kramer
CEO and Founder of Fernride


We would like to thank our sponsor Taylor Wessing and the German Consulate General, San Francisco.


Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche IntelligenzIntelU.S. Consulate HamburgGerman Consulate San FranciscoKI BundesverbandStartup Network EuropeCambrian FuturesGerman-American Business Council of Boston (GABC)GABAGerman EntrepreneurshipGerman Accelerator





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Time and Date

September 30, 2021
10:00 a.m. PDT / 7:00 p.m. CEST (60min)
Followed by a Transatlantic Networking Session (30 min)

At the end of the event, the audience is encouraged to pose questions to the speakers.




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