Auto Industry And Silicon Valley Converge To Explore Future Of Mobility At New Wards Intelligence/C3 Group Summit

The agenda will include multiple high-level speakers from automakers, technology companies and solution providers sharing their perspectives on several topics.

Wards Intelligence is joining forces with west-coast think tank C3 Group to hold the 2018 Smart Mobility Summit in San Francisco, a gathering of top thought leaders from inside and outside the auto industry.  The Wards Intelligence/C3 Group Smart Mobility Summit, to be held Thursday, October 25 in San Francisco near Silicon Valley, will explore cutting-edge transportation solutions: the immense opportunities and significant challenges that smart mobility poses.

The agenda will include multiple high-level speakers from automakers, technology companies and solution providers sharing their perspectives on topics such as:

  • Teaching Self-Driving Cars the Rules of the Road
  • Controlling the Curb in Smart Mobility
  • Is Mobility Investment Reaching a Bubble Moment?
  • The Connected Future of In-Car Infotainment
  • The Silicon Valley and Detroit Symbiosis

This inaugural joint event builds on four years of the C3 Group gathering stakeholders from automakers’ Silicon Valley labs, the top tech firms, venture capitalists, the research community, policymakers and media for collective brainstorming.

“We’ve been impressed by the dynamic sense of community that C3 has created in the Bay Areaand  Silicon Valley,” says Wards Intelligence Managing Director John Sousanis.  “Just as C3 has been exploring mobility topics on the west coast, Wards Intelligence has been a thought leader for the automotive community around Detroit and the rest of the world.  It made perfect sense to partner with C3 to bring these two worlds together in ways no one else can.”

The Smart Mobility Summit complements Wards Intelligence events such as its Outlook and Focus conference series, which give automakers, their suppliers and businesses whose future is tied to the auto industry, a comprehensive view of the risks and opportunities ahead for their organizations.  And as future mobility issues are already disrupting automotive, Wards Intelligence and C3 realize it’s essential to get parties from both worlds to share ideas.

“Our organization was born from the belief that autonomous cars, connected cars and smart mobility are not just built with machines and data,” says C3 Group President and Cofounder Doug Newcomb. “But also through strategic relationships, handshakes and shared experiences. We believe the promise of smart mobility will become reality when innovators and thought leaders share fresh ideas, working together toward a common vision.”

Registration for the event is now live at, which also includes the agenda and other key conference details.

About Wards Intelligence

Wards Intelligence is a world-leading provider of automotive insights and analysis, having served the industry’s information needs for more than 90 years. A Southfield, MI-based Informa business, Wards Intelligence provides a forward-looking perspective on all aspects of the automotive business, from the tech center to the plant floor to the showroom.  Its services include the premium resource and suite of customizable data reporting tools, the WardsAuto Interiors and Wards Intelligence Outlook and Focus Conferences.  Subscribe to Wards Intelligence and attend its events by visiting

About C3 Group

Since 2014, the C3 Group has assembled the top thought leaders in the space to discuss the immense opportunities and equally significant challenges that face smart mobility and the transformation of transportation through technology. Stakeholders from automakers’ Silicon Valley labs, the top tech firms in the area, venture capitalists, the research community, local policymakers and media are present at the C3 Smart Mobility Summit to discuss timely topics.


Wards Intelligence is part of Informa, the international business intelligence, academic publishing, knowledge and events group. Informa serves commercial, professional and academic communities, helping them connect and learn, and creating and providing access to content and intelligence that helps people and businesses work smarter and make better decisions faster.

Informa employs over 11,000 people in more than 30 countries in North and South AmericaAsiaEurope, the Middle East and Africa.  It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of the FTSE 100.

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