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Washington, D.C. Auto Show Press Registration Now Open
- Show media credentials also valid for MobilityTalks® International Conference
- Wide variety of press activities scheduled
- Media Day April 4, 2019; MobilityTalks Conference April 3 and 4

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Online registration opens today for accredited media who plan to  attend The Washington, D.C. Auto Show. Journalists can find at registration applications at: https://show.jspargo.com/wanada19.

Speakers at the show's press day and at its MobilityTalks International® Conference will include: Heidi King, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Acting Administrator; Anthony Foxx, Lyft Chief Policy Officer and Senior Advisor to the President; Dr. Shailen Bhatt, President and CEO Intelligent Transportation Society of America; Kay Stepper, Robert Bosch Co. Vice President of Engineering; Peter Welch, National Automobile Dealers Association President and CEO; Ed Bradley, Toyota Program Manager; and Jill Ingrassia, AAA Managing Director of Government Relations and Traffic Safety Advocacy, among others.

MobilityTalks International® takes place on Wed., April 3  and Thurs., April 4, 2019, both on Capitol Hill and at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Media Day will also be held April 4, 2019 at the convention center, the day before the Auto Show opens to the public. A full schedule of the planned manufacturer and industry press conferences will be released in the near future.

Some of the Auto Show's highlights include more than 600 vehicles on display, the brand-new Electric Drive Experience, presented by EZ-EV and Exelon, an interactive driving experience from Jaguar Land Rover, the return of Camp Jeep, appearances by local pro sports stars, and much more. 

MobilityTalks theme this year is "Autonomous Driving: New Technology, New Rules, New Data Privacy Challenges."

"Given that more and more Americans are purchasing vehicles with autonomous technology, we believe the show and conference will provide journalists with both valuable insight and fascinating story material," O'Donnell said.  "The increasing prevalence of AV technology on our roads has sparked massive debates on how it should be regulated and by whom.  This amazing technology has arrived and governments around the world are desperately trying to catch up. MobilityTalks is where those leaders learn how to do that," he said.

Policymakers from more than 40 countries around the world are expected to discuss key technology issues and how to regulate self-driving or robotic driving technology.  Nations represented will include China, England, Germany, Japan, South Korea, and the United States, among many others.

The Washington, D.C. Auto Show has become a nexus for meetings related to public policy initiatives and the auto industry.  In 2019, other meetings that will take place concurrently with MobilityTalks and/or the show include the United Nations World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP 29), Groupe de Rapporteurs Vehicle Automation (GRVA), Informal Working Group Validation Method for Automated Driving (VMAD), the SAE International Government and Industry Meeting, The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA), Autonomous Vehicles Roundtable, Autos 2050, the ITS America Conference, the General Services Administration's FedFleet Expo sessions, and meetings by the National Science Foundation and the National Safety Council, among others.

The Washington, D.C. Auto Show
The 2019 Washington, D.C. Auto Show opens to the public on Friday, April 5 and runs through Sunday, April 14. One of the five top auto shows in the United States and the largest indoor consumer event in the District of Columbia, the show is held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, where in 2019 more than 35 automakers will display over 600 vehicles.

MobilityTalks International®
The MobilityTalks International® conference gathers government policy makers from around the world to exchange ideas on best practices related to the development and regulation of connected and autonomous vehicles. The conference is organized and sponsored by The Washington, D.C. Auto Show, and will take place April 3 and April 4, 2019, both on Capitol Hill and at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

For more information on MobilityTalks and The Washington, D.C. Auto Show please visit: 
www.washingtonautoshow.com.

Also:
Twitter:  @WashAutoShow
Facebook:  Washington Auto Show
Twitter:  @MobilityTalks 
Facebook:  MobilityTalks International

 

SOURCE The Washington Auto Show

For further information: Mike Bushnell, MB@wanada.org, 202-237-7200; Chris Hosford, chosford@wanada.org, 714-743-8764