6th German-American Mobility Dialogue

Robotaxis in San Francisco but not in Berlin – What would it take?

Recent progress in sensors and electronic controls, AI-supported decision-making and connectivity have led to an extension of self-driving cars and delivery robots beyond the boundaries of controlled test fields into city centers, urban arteries, and residential neighborhoods. In selected US cities, such as San Francisco, CA, autonomous ridesharing services are offered on a regular basis.

In Germany, on the contrary, the deployment of autonomous vehicles into regular traffic is delayed, despite some cities like e.g. Hamburg making ambitious plans for introducing automated on-demand shuttles as a new public transport option at scale.

The sixth German-American Future Mobility Dialogue will look into the opportunities of autonomous individual road transportation while also covering the technical, legal, social, economical and human-factors related hurdles for its introduction. The dialogue, which is held as a precursor event of the Road Transportation Symposium (ARTS 2023) shall particularly foster the exchange of knowledge and network building between experts from industry, academia and policy making across the Atlantic.

Let’s find answers to these questions

  • Are there differences in public opinion, perception, or attitudes towards autonomous vehicles in the US and Germany?
  • Are German roads and infrastructure less suitable for autonomous vehicles compared to the US?
  • What are the specific regulatory hurdles in Germany that prevent the deployment of robotaxis?
  • What measures are being considered to address potential privacy concerns, data security, and liability issues related to robotaxis in Germany?
  • and more…

What you can expect at the event:

  • Executive keynote on mobility, robotaxis in a transatlantic context
  • Panel discussion with influential mobility stakeholders from the academia, industry, and the public sector
  • Limitless networking with experts in the Silicon Valley and German mobility scene

Confirmed Speakers

  • John Reynolds, Commissioner, California Public Utility Commission
  • Richard Damm, President, Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt
  • Rodney Slater, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
  • Cameron Gieda, Director of Business Development, Pony.ai

Stay tuned for more information about the speakers and the agenda!

About the event:

Going back to 2017, the German-American Mobility Dialogue event series has become a hallmark for international exchange on mobility and transportation, with a particular emphasis on California and Germany. The keynote, the panel, and the breakout sessions consist of mobility experts covering the academic, industrial, and public sectors, debating recent issues and future trends of mobility. This year will be no exception when 150 experts and guests will discuss in an interactive setting of this in-person event.

The goal of the dialogue, which is held as a precursor event of the Road Transportation Symposium (ARTS 2023), is to foster the exchange of knowledge and network-building between experts from industry, academia and policy-making across the Atlantic. Innovative solutions regarding the future of mobility are being discussed, taking into account the SDGs.


Event Information

July 10, 2023, 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM

SAP San Francisco, 135 Townsend St, CA 94107
Organizer(s): GACC West, DWIH SF