Program

  • CAV Canada 2021


  • Area X.O operated by Invest Ottawa, together with a host of industry partners, Transport Canada, and the City of Ottawa, are developing new practices, frameworks, and technology projects to help facilitate the safe adoption of smart mobility solutions, including low-speed automated shuttles (LSAS), CAVs, and smart infrastructure.
    This panel will explore a new flagship collaborative project that includes comprehensive testing and validation at Area X.O’s private test facility and real-world deployments at the Area X.O public test track. These initiatives:
    • Engage entrepreneurs, SMEs, multinationals, and government regulators, as well as vulnerable road users (VRUs) and mixed traffic
    • Assess how these technologies perform, communicate, analyze, make decisions, take action, and maintain safety in dynamic urban environments
    • Capitalize on one of the most advanced communication test infrastructures in the world established by Area X.O with numerous GPS systems, 4G/LTE, WiFi, LoRa, TV white Space and authentic pre-commercial 5G
    • Leverage Area X.O’s V2X (vehicle-to-everything) testing, validation, and demonstration in a four-season climate with temperatures from -39 to +39 degrees Celsius (-38 to +102 degrees Fahrenheit)

  • This fireside chat will explore the innovation and entrepreneurial journey of Dr. Radhika Dirks, a prolific quantum physicist-turned-entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. Dr. Dirks has launched the only company in the world making AI moonshots a reality. Her enterprising work proves that we can combine human intelligence with artificial intelligence to enhance, rather than displace, our humanity. She will share critical insight on her AI innovation for automotive and smart mobility; pivots and lessons learned during her journey.
    Named one of the Top 30 Women advancing AI today, Dr. Dirks will explore the state of diversity in the AI sector. Drawing from personal experience, she will address the industry’s glaring gender imbalances—women make up only a quarter of AI positions—and outlines the necessary steps for change. Armed with first-hand examples of tech she has built, Dr. Dirks will discuss a future that fits our biggest ambitions—and makes the world a better place while we’re at it.

  • This panel will explore the current state of the union and future direction of automotive cybersecurity; this includes a focus on emerging technologies, key security challenges, opportunities, and strategies in a rapidly evolving smart mobility industry.
    Panellists will provide inspiration and actionable insight on key cyber trends, developments, and changes in the current pandemic landscape, including the latest physical and virtual threats, key considerations and mitigation strategies, and potential impacts on the sector. 
    These leaders will also share key learnings, innovative approaches, success stories, real-world examples, and recommendations for automotive and smart mobility leaders focused on cybersecurity
    They will also discuss the role of cybersecurity and AI-based computer vision systems in autonomous vehicles and explore innovative solutions to ensure that vehicles can better predict and adapt to different situations.

  • This panel will explore how a thriving smart mobility cluster creates competitive advantage and new R&D, business and investment opportunities for companies and regional economies. Leveraging Ottawa as a global tech hub and case study, this session will provide inspiration, actionable insight and lessons learned from executives at smart mobility companies that are investing and expanding in Canada’s Capital. Gain exclusive insight and recommendations from these leading Canadian and global technology firms that are collaborating with innovators, startups, scaleups, multinationals and post-secondary institutions across the Ottawa ecosystem. Collectively, these organizations are driving innovation, creating new jobs, growing our economy, while achieving greater competitive advantage in global markets.

  • Discovering and learning more about vehicle innovation and region trends and their subsequent effects is critical to understanding how the industry will develop. Reducing the impact of vehicles on the environment is a vital task for the industrial world. Today, the automotive industry is now approaching sustainable ways to reduce emissions and fuel consumption – smart grid infrastructure, energy storage technologies, light weighting, automation, real-time in-situ communication, to name a few. A new mobility ecosystem is emerging leading up to a sizable market opportunity – how will Canada play a role? What is the opportunity for global collaboration?
    This panel will explore trends that are and will affect automotive architecture and its ecosystem as well as their effect on electrification of the vehicle, how Canada can play a role, and the opportunity for global collaboration.

  • Smart mobility solutions have the potential to transform urban and rural communities and create safer, more sustainable, equitable and connected transportation for all citizens. To realize this vision, municipalities must understand the role of infrastructure to support the safe and secure adoption of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) and other intelligent mobility solutions.   This panel will bring together OEMs, Area X.O and senior urban planning leaders to discuss:
    Big picture smart mobility opportunities and challenges facing municipalities today and tomorrow
    Promising smart mobility solutions, case studies and learnings
    New approaches that are helping cities prepare for future smart mobility operating environments
    Partnership development models with MaaS operators that facilitate a diverse menu of transportation options to address evolving customer needs and requests, whether public transport, ride-, car- or bike-sharing, taxi or car rental/lease, or some combination thereof
    The creation of new regulatory frameworks and infrastructure that enable innovation and increase safety

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