All roads lead to Ireland later this month when industry experts and senior executives from some of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers and suppliers gather for the world’s first transatlantic forum on future mobility.
Representatives from Toyota, Daimler, Jaguar Land Rover, Honda, Mazda, Volkswagen, Faraday Future, Bosch, Hitachi, Continental and Verizon will be among those attending CASE: Driving the Future on October 23 and 24. Hosted by Enterprise Ireland, the event will showcase the latest capability and disruptive trends in connected, autonomous, shared and electrified vehicle development.
Ireland might not seem the most likely setting for such an event – there are, after all, no Irish auto manufacturers or major assembly plants – yet driven by its strong tech sector, Ireland is fast becoming a go-to technology hub for the global automotive industry.
At CASE: Driving the Future, Irish companies at the vanguard of this sector will showcase the strategies they are using to develop innovative solutions for the automotive industry, while participants will also have opportunities to expand their network and meet more than 30 industry leaders from the United States, Germany and United Arab Emirates.
Day one of the forum at Dublin’s Convention Centre will feature keynote speeches and thought leadership sessions from industry experts covering a range of CASE topics.
Gahl Berkooz, VP of Data, Analytics, and Monetization at ZF Group, will talk about how data monetization and digital transformation can drive CASE. David O’Donnell, Global Head of Passenger and Light Truck Tires at Continental AG, will address how CASE technology can be applied to fleet management solutions. Frank Weith, Director of Connected and Mobility Services at Volkswagen AG, will speak about next generation connected services in the US; and John Cormican, VP Engineering Jaguar Land Rover Ireland, will talk about the role played by connected, autonomous vehicles in enabling the digital transformation of Ireland.
Supply Chain Tectonics
There will be two executive panel discussions, the first on the realities of risk and regulation, and the second on how CASE disruption is impacting on the supply chain tectonics of automotive manufacturers.
Capability is king in this industry and forming strategic partnerships and demonstrating an ability to innovate while solving exacting problems has provided many Irish companies with the opportunity to grow quickly.
Irish Capability in Future Mobility
Breakout sessions will provide opportunities for one-to-one meetings with more than 25 leading Enterprise Ireland-supported Irish technology companies. Several of these will also showcase their capability during Enterprise Ireland client company pitches.
One of them is software manufacturer Emdalo Technologies, whose artificial intelligence (AI)-based object and gesture recognition systems are providing solutions for powering the capability of autonomous and driver assistance systems in boats as well as cars.
Barry Napier, CEO of Cubic Telecom, will demonstrate how his company’s global connectivity platform allows more than 2.5 million drivers across 180 countries to enjoy internet capability, while also enabling manufacturers such as Audi, Skoda and VW to collect data on vehicle performance.
Ronan Quinlan will explain how leading car makers can network their vehicles with the outside world using cutting-edge antenna and radio frequency solutions for Internet of Things (IoT) applications produced by his company Taoglas.
Centre of Excellence
The highlight of day two at CASE: Driving the Future is a visit to the Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Global Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) Centre of Excellence, which opened in Shannon earlier this year.
Major auto manufacturers are investing in the capability of Ireland’s technology sector and both JLR and the French vehicle technology multinational Valeo are at the heart of an Enterprise Ireland-led cluster, which includes more than 70 indigenous companies involved in autonomous vehicle research and product development in the West of Ireland.
As well as Enterprise Ireland, the cluster, CAV Ireland (Connected and Autonomous Vehicles), is backed by IDA Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland, the Department of Transport, and the Lero research institute.
The future of mobility is one of connected, autonomous, shared and electric vehicles. It is as much about software as hardware, and at CASE: Driving the Future, industry leaders and experts will shed light on the opportunities that this presents.
Ryan J Shaughnessy, SVP Industrial Technology for Enterprise Ireland Chicago, said: “Ireland is quickly becoming a technology hub for the future vehicle. This is due to a combination of top Irish tech talent and an increasing global demand from automotive companies for new technology solutions.
“Many of the 70-plus Irish automotive tech companies supported by Enterprise Ireland are already doing business with major OEMs and tier one suppliers across the globe.
“CASE: Driving the Future is an opportunity to showcase Irish technology to a large global automotive audience for the first time and further establish Ireland as the new go-to destination for automotive technology solutions.”
CASE: Driving the Future consists of a conference day at The Convention Centre Dublin on October 23rd, followed by a visit to JLR’s Centre of Excellence in Shannon on October 24th. Click here to register.