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The Washington Auto Show, Washington, DC

January 24th, 2018

This is a transformative moment in mobility, one that will forever be shaped by the fusion of emerging technology and evolving public policy. Autos2050℠ — set squarely within the epicenter of federal activity in this area — will offer perspectives by thought leaders and policy experts on the future of driving.



Themes to Be Explored at the Autos2050SM Conference

The Future of Self-Driving: 

Is Level 5 the Holy Grail of Autonomy?

Some people see self-driving as a long-range evolution, while others seek to leap-frog ahead to full autonomy. What is a realistic timeline for realizing the benefits of self-driving, and is there a best way forward?

Sensors, AI and Machine Learning:

Separating the Hype from Reality.

When will the underlying technologies that enable self-driving become available, affordable and integrated into the fleet?  What barriers lie in the road ahead, and how can self-driving cars get around them?

Connectivity, Data and Cybersecurity: 

Maximizing the Benefits and Minimizing the Risks.

The volume of data required to operate a self-driving vehicle will increase exponentially as sensors, programs and computing capacity become faster, more sophisticated, and data-driven. How can we ensure a secure future?


National Leadership in Automotive Innovation Luncheon

The conference will open with the National Leadership in Automotive Innovation Luncheon, with an award acknowledging the contributions of the keynote speaker — U.S. Senator John Thune. This luncheon is being held jointly with the “MobilityTalks International” conference sponsored by the Washington, DC Auto Show on the morning of January 24 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center

January 24, 2018

12:00PM – 1:45 PM

Autos2050SM Conference

The Autos2050SM Conference will be held at the Marriott Marquis following the National Leadership in Automotive Innovation Luncheon.

Autos2050SM will focus on the crossroads of public policy and automotive technology, bringing together leaders from across the automotive ecosystem, along other high tech innovators, lawmakers, policy advocates and stakeholders.


January 24, 2018

2:00PM – 5:00PM

Register now for the luncheon & conference.


Driving Innovation Awards Dinner

Separate from the conference, the Alliance and ATI21 will also host the Driving Innovation Awards Dinner which will recognize industry and policy leaders who are shaping the future of the automobile and mobility.

A reception will begin at 5:30 pm with dinner at 7 pm on January 24 at the Marriott Marquis.

January 24, 2018

RECEPTION  5:30PM – 7:00PM
DINNER  7:00PM – 9:00PM

Only sponsorships are available. No individual seats are offered.

Nominations Are Open

At the dinner, The 2050 Awards will be given to individuals, companies or policymakers who have made significant contributions to the automotive industry over the previous year.

Find out about criteria and nominate a candidate here.


By becoming a Sponsor of the Autos2050SM conference, luncheon, or Driving Innovation Awards dinner, your company will have the opportunity to increase your visibility across the automotive ecosystem and demonstrate your support for continued industry innovation. 

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The Auto Alliance is a trade association representing 12 automakers. Together, our mission is to promote policies that allow automakers the freedom and control to build cars and light trucks that are safe, reliable, energy-efficient, clean and smart — all so our customers can enjoy greater peace of mind as they go about their daily lives.

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The Alliance for Transportation Innovation (ATI21) is a consortium of transportation technology innovators, subject matter experts, and researchers. The consortium is dedicated to increasing public and stakeholder awareness of the transformative safety, sociological, and economic improvements that can be realized through the accelerated development and deployment of advanced transportation technologies.