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Inaugural MobilityTalks Internationalsm Brings Global Transportation Leaders for Policy and Regulatory Symposium
The Washington Auto Show Kicks Off with International Exchange and Collaboration

(WASHINGTON) The Washington Auto Show®, the Public Policy Show on the Auto Industry Circuit, will present the inaugural MobilityTalks Internationalsm policy and regulatory symposium at the 2017 event to address challenges and opportunities in the transportation industry worldwide.

MobilityTalks Internationalsm is a global seminar designed to provide a forum for world governments to exchange ideas on best practices related to the emerging trends in transportation surrounding connected and autonomous vehicles.

“Through this forum, lawmakers, automakers and corporate leaders can address the complexities and challenges that the future will bring in the automotive industry,” says Muriel Bowser, Mayor, District of Columbia.

Featuring guests from regulatory, policy and government organizations across the globe, this groundbreaking event for interchange and collaboration will be held Tuesday, Jan. 24 and Wednesday, Jan. 25 in advance of the 10-day public show, which opens Friday, Jan. 27. The program includes keynotes and panel sessions, multiple breakouts, networking sessions and the Interactive Mobility Experience Ride & Drive at RFK Stadium. Some highlights include:

  • Two mornings of keynotes, panels and Q&A sessions:
    • Overview of the Global Mobility Environment (Jan. 24, 7:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.)
    • Toward a Better Mobility (Jan 24. 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)
    • MobilityTalks 2.0 – “It Depends on What the Regulators Do” (Jan. 25, 11:15 a.m., Kennedy Caucus Room, Russell Senate Office Building)
  • Two days of Ride and Drives with the latest technology for V2X, connected and semi-autonomous vehicles, held at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Transportation.
  • Breakout sessions on topics including:
  • Digital Cities
  • Delivering Connectivity
  • Human Machine Interface
  • Cybersecurity
  • Legal Liability and Insurance
  • Standards Cooperation
  • A panel discussion on Capitol Hill for staffers, media, and the industry.

Speakers and moderators include thought leaders and automotive policy and technology experts from government, academia, media and industry from around the world, including:

  • U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-Mich.), co-chair of the Senate Smart Transportation Caucus
  • Ian Yarnold, who leads the International Vehicle Standards Division of the United Kingdom’s Department for Transport
  • John Bozzella, President and CEO of Global Automakers
  • Dr. France A. Còrdova, Director, National Science Foundation
  • Yukihiro Ezaka, Director for Engineering Policy, Japanese Road Transport Bureau
  • Jeong-ryeol Kim, Asst. Minister for Road, Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport
  • Ryan Posten, Associate Administrator, NHTSA
  • Representative Debbie Dingell (Michigan), U.S. House of Representatives, former GM Senior Public Affairs Executive and President of the GM Foundation
  • Jean Shiomoto, Administrator, California DMV
  • Gary Shapiro, CEO, Consumer Technology Association

For the most up-to-date information on the program’s speakers, please visit: MobilityTalks Internationalsm will be followed by Public Policy Preview Day (Thursday, Jan. 26) at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, a daylong schedule of press conferences and special programs to preview the 2017 Washington Auto Show.

Known as the “public policy show” on the auto industry circuit, The Washington Auto Show convenes leaders in industry and government to tackle the most pressing issues facing the automotive sector over the course of its Public Policy Preview Days. The largest consumer show in D.C., The Washington Auto Show ( will open to the public from Friday, Jan. 27 through Sunday, Feb. 5.  

For more information on MobilityTalks Internationalsm, please call Joe Koch 202-237-7200.  For press information, contact



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