Advanced Vehicle Autonomy: Sci-Fi Dream or Soon-to-Be Reality?


Autos2050℠ Event Announced for Nation’s Capital in January

Washington, D.C. — The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Auto Alliance) and the Alliance for Transportation Innovation (ATI21) today announced the first annual Autos2050℠ conference and ”Driving Innovation Awards” dinner to be held Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at the Marriott Marquis in conjunction with the 2018 Washington, DC Auto Show.

Autos2050℠ will focus on the crossroads of public policy and automotive technology, bringing together leaders from across the automotive ecosystem, along other high tech innovators, lawmakers, policy advocates and stakeholders, including the international community.

“This is a transformative moment in mobility,” said Mitch Bainwol, president and CEO, Auto Alliance, “one that will forever be defined and shaped by the fusion of emerging technology and evolving public policy. Autos2050℠ — set squarely within the epicenter of federal activity in this area — will dissect the issues and offer careful analysis and perspectives by thought leaders and policy experts.”

“There are multiple layers of debate about how to best advance autonomy in the transportation sector,” said Paul Brubaker, CEO and President of ATI21.  “We chose the name ‘Autos2050℠’ because actions today will determine what auto-mobility looks like in 2050, a time when self-driving vehicles will be commonplace on our roads.”

The 2018 conference will focus on three themes:

  1. The Future of Self-Driving:  Is Level 5 the Holy Grail of Autonomy?
    Some people see self-driving as a long-range evolution, while others seek to leap-frog ahead to full autonomy.  What is a realistic timeline for realizing the benefits of self-driving, and is there a best way forward?
  2. Sensors, AI and Machine Learning:  Separating the Hype from Reality.
    When will the underlying technologies that enable self-driving become available, affordable and integrated into the fleet?  What barriers lie in the road ahead, and how can self-driving cars get around them?
  3. Connectivity, Data and Cybersecurity:  Maximizing the Benefits and Minimizing the Risks.
    The volume of data required to operate a self-driving vehicle will increase exponentially as sensors, programs and computing capacity become faster, more sophisticated and data-driven.  How can we ensure a secure future?

The conference will open with the “National Leadership in Auto Innovation” luncheon, with an award acknowledging the contributions of the keynote speaker — to be announced soon. This luncheon is being held jointly with the “MobilityTalks International” conference sponsored by the Washington, DC Auto Show in the morning of January 24 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Dinner to Celebrate Those Making Future Advancements a Reality Today

Separate from the conference, the Alliance and ATI21 will also host the “Driving Innovation Awards” dinner to recognize industry and policy leaders who are shaping the future of the automobile and mobility. A reception will begin at 5:30 pm with dinner at 7 pm on January 24 at the Marriott Marquis. More information on award criteria and a call for nominations will be announced on October 9.

Registration Open Online Now

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The Alliance for Transportation Innovation (ATI21) is a consortium of transportation technology innovators, subject matter experts, and researchers. The consortium is dedicated to increasing public and stakeholder awareness of the transformative safety, sociological, and economic improvements that can be realized through the accelerated development and deployment of advanced transportation technologies. Visit

The Auto Alliance is a trade association representing 12 automakers. Together, our mission is to promote policies that allow automakers the freedom and control to build cars and light trucks that are safe, reliable, energy-efficient, clean and smart — all so our customers can enjoy greater peace of mind as they go about their daily lives. Visit