SMMT Events

SMMT Connected 2019

SMMT Connected 2017

Thursday 4 April 2019

The third SMMT Connected will bring together more than 450 senior level representatives from OEMs and the wider automotive industry, as well as the technology sector, government and the media.

The event will compromise a full day conference with a combination of informative keynote sessions and panel discussions – enabling analysis of the potential advancements for mobility over the coming years and what needs to happen to realise these.

We are delighted to announce that the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, will be delivering a keynote speech at SMMT Connected.

Keynote presentations will be delivered by:
  • Agustín Martín, CEO, Toyota Connected Europe (TCEU) TCEU will support the growing adoption of new mobility businesses in Europe with products and services tailored to the unique needs of the market. Agustín will share their visions for mobility of the future.
  • Dr Andy Palmer, President and Group CEO, Aston Martin Lagonda Andy will discuss Aston Martin Lagonda’s developments in zero-emissions, connected & autonomous technology and where these fit within the company’s future plans.
  • Stan Boland, CEO, FiveAI will deliver a Technology keynote
  • Adam Grzywaczewski, Senior Deep Learning Solution Architect, NVIDIA will deliver a Technology keynote

The full agenda can be viewed here.

The event offers the UK automotive and technology sectors the opportunity to showcase the latest advancements through the technology showcase and a display of the latest vehicles.

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SMMT members are eligible for a complimentary ticket and discounted additional tickets. For information on tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Relish Events team by email
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Connected 2017 Highlights

The second ever SMMT Connected conference brought together more than 400 delegates from across industry, including 20 world-class speakers and 40-plus members of the media.

With connected and autonomous technology set to revolutionise the future of the automotive industry, SMMT Connected 2017 provided an opportunity for the UK Automotive and Technology sectors to showcase and discuss the latest developments and challenges surrounding connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs).

The event also provided the opportunity to launch a new SMMT report commissioned from Strategy& part of the PwC network, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: Revolutionizing Mobility in Societyto explore how CAVs could radically transform millions of lives and particularly those not able to travel as freely as others. The study found that connected & autonomous vehicles will improve quality of life for 6 in 10 people with limited mobility in the UK.

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Keynotes: Government, Industry and Technology

Rt Hon Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, BEIS announced a funding competition allowing UK companies to bid for an initial share of £55 million in funding – part of the £100 million test bed pot.

Watch the speech here.

Dr Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management, BMW AG introduced audience members to BMW’s vision of future cars, along with their potential to deliver $10 trillion dollars in value in part through increasing productivity.

Watch the speech here.

Doug Davis, SVP and General Manager of the Automated Driving Group, Intel Corporation offered a tech perspective on the challenges around automotive tech and highlighted a key concern for car makers: how to deal with vast quantities of data that CAVs would be churning out.

Watch the speech here.

Graham Hoare, Director – Global Vehicle Evaluation and Verification Ford Product Development, Ford Motor Company outlined Ford’s vision of the city of tomorrow and the role that commercial vehicles will play in the future. Watch Graham’s remarks below.

Watch the speech here.

Panel Discussions

Mobility – Future Challenges and Opportunities

Future mobility has the potential to offer unrivalled transport solutions and zero environmental impact at the same time as contributing to economic growth.  This panel explored the opportunities and numerous challenges to be overcome in order to reach these goals.

Watch the full discussion here.

Social and Safety Benefits

The findings of the new report were explored during this panel discussion, as well as the current and potential safety benefits of CAVS.

Watch the full discussion here.

Cyber Security and Data Protection

The panel identified the potential issues and assesses what needs to be put into place in order to further encourage the adoption of connected driving in the UK.

Watch the full discussion here.

Panel: International Perspectives

Our international panel explored the approaches national and local authorities are adopting and the challenges they have faced though the development of these schemes.

Watch the full discussion here.