This spring saw the first-ever Tandon-VectoIQ Tech Talks at the New York International Auto Show, featuring C2SMART Director Kaan Ozbay and Deputy Director Joseph Chow. Co-sponsored by C2SMART, the event featured two panels presented on April 19 which looked at the expansion of mobility beyond privately owned cars and trucks, as well as related technologies that are changing how people commute and travel.
The first panel, moderated by Prof. Chow, looked at disruptive technologies in the urban mobility space. The lineup included Caroline Samponaro, director of Lyft’s Motivate, Su Sanni, founder of startup DollarRide, and Henry Greenidge from Cruise Automation. The speakers touched on each of the companies’ missions and the advances happening in emerging mobility modes.
Stephen Girsky, managing partner of mobility company VectoIQ, moderated the second panel, which focused on how technology, big data, and artificial intelligence can impact urban mobility, alleviate congestion, and aid better city planning. Prof. Ozbay, one of the panel’s speakers, spoke about the center’s mission to work with and analyze transportation big data.
“There are tremendous amounts of data being collected by vehicles and devices constantly,” he said. “Our goal is to take that data and show how to make it actionable, to help make traffic systems work better and safer — for example, using data to identify high-risk safety locations.”
The panels other speakers were Stephen Smyth, CEO of Coord, and Ro Gupta, CEO of CARMERA. The Tech Talks were covered in a full-page feature in the Show Report.