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Transportation and Technology Leaders Converge in Austin for Smart Mobility Summit on March 9

February 26, 2019

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 26, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On March 9, Wards Intelligence and the C3 Group will host the Smart Mobility Summit, where city and state officials, legislators and thought leaders from the automotive, technology, government, research and media communities will participate in an interactive dialogue on the future of smart mobility in an intimate, fun and uniquely informal setting.

Now in its fifth year in Austin, the Smart Mobility Summit will feature innovative technology demonstrations and interactive panel discussions. Participating speakers will include: Steve Adler, Mayor of Austin; Finch Fulton, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy, USDOT; Brett Wheatley, vice president of mobility marketing & growth, Ford Motor Company; Natalie Draisin, director, North American Office and United Nations representative at FIA Foundation; Justin Holmes, director, corporate communications and public policy, ZipCar; Rob Spillar, director of transportation, City of Austin, and more. Panel topics will cover:

-- How Robo-Taxis Will Revolutionize Urban Transport -- Mobility as a Human Right -- Cities to Mobility Providers: Curb Your Enthusiasm -- The Next Internet – Building a Mobility Platform

The Smart Mobility Summit will also feature cutting-edge vehicles and tech demonstrations including:

-- First-ever public demo of Lift Aircraft’s Hexa personal passenger drone -- The new Hyundai Nexo hydrogen fuel cell vehicle -- Ford’s City of Tomorrow Challenge -- FIA Foundation’s street safety display

The event will close with a reception featuring Austin’s World-Famous Stubbs’ BBQ and an evening concert with special musical guests.


WHAT: Smart Mobility Summit

DATE: Saturday, March 9, 2019

TIME: 2-6:30 p.m. CT (Media-only preview from 1-2 p.m. CT)

LOCATION: Empire Garage, 606 E. 7th Street, Austin, TX 78701

REGISTRATION: To register visit: http://www.eiseverywhere.com/wards-mobility-austin. Members of the media may register for a VIP luncheon and early-access to the event free of charge.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Follow the conversation from the Smart Mobility Summit using the Twitter handle @WardsIntel

CONTACT: Stephannie Depa, Breakaway Communications for Wards Intelligence – (415) 358-2485, sdepa@breakawaycom.com

EDITOR’S NOTE: Members of the press are invited to attend a luncheon and preview of event highlights and demos from 1-2 p.m. CT, including interviews with Doug Newcomb, city/state officials and sponsor companies. Members of the press can register for free. Contact sdepa@breakawaycom.com for registration code and to schedule any meetings during the preview.


Wards Intelligence (WI) is a world-leading provider of automotive insights and analysis, having served the industry’s information needs for more than 90 years. A Southfield, Mich.-based Informa business, WI provides a forward-looking perspective on all aspects of the automotive business, tracking and forecasting market activity and technology trends and delivering intelligence, data and consulting to the global automotive industry and its investors. Learn more about Wards Intelligence by visiting https://wardsintelligence.com/.


Informa PLC is a leading, international business to business information services Group, operating in over 30 countries. We create transaction-led exhibitions and content-based events, specialist data, intelligence and marketing services products, as well as scholarly research and specialist reference-led academic content. Our products and services help businesses and professionals connect, learn, do business and gain an edge over the competition. Informa is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of the FTSE 100.

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