Vehicle Connectivity Workshop

How Communications is Changing Vehicles and Operations

TIA’s one-day workshop, held in conjunction with the ITU Intelligent Transportation Systems Committee Meeting, presented a provocative view and perspectives from policymakers, automotive companies, mobile operators, suppliers and academia on the state of play and the future of vehicle connectivity.

Attendees learned about the government’s plans for advancing the future of vehicle communication, and heard from industry leaders who are doing the work to design, develop, and deploy the critical technology and services.

The workshop provided a perspectives of issues at play with vehicle connectivity including the future of vehicle-to-vehicle communications, the role of 5.9 GHz and 4G/LTE technology, achieving efficient, reliable spectrum usage and allocation, and ensuring secure connections, research and test bed initiatives, and the role of transportation in the future of smart cities.

Thank you to all who attended and made this successful event possible!

Testimonials describing the most effective aspects of the Vehicle Connectivity Workshop:
"Very timely with DOT (Department of Transportation) announcements and looking forward to 2016" | "The ability to network" "Board inclusion of industry experts"


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Vehicle Connectivity Workshop 2015


8:00 AM

Breakfast & Networking

9:10 AM
9:30 AM

Introductory Remarks


Scott Belcher

John Bozella
Global Automakers

Yushi Naito
Chairman, ITU-T Study Group 16, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
  • Scott Belcher, Chief Executive Officer, Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)
  • John Bozzella, President and Chief Executive Officer, Global Automakers [VIDEO]
  • Yushi Naito, Chairman, ITU-T Study Group 16, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) [VIDEO]


9:30 AM
10:00 AM

Morning Keynote - Relationship of 5.9 to 4G/LTE and 5G [VIDEO]


Kenneth Leonard
  • Kenneth M. Leonard, Director, U.S. Dept. of Transportation (USDOT), Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO)
10:00 AM


10:15 AM
10:30 AM

Vehicle Connectivity and Spectrum - Update from the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference [VIDEO]

Click here to download ITS Radiocommunication aspects from an ITU-R perspective.


Paul Najarian
U.S. Department of State
  • Paul Najarian, Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. Department of State
10:30 AM


10:45 AM
12:00 PM

Today's and Tomorrow’s Connected Vehicle (Spectrum Sharing, 4G to 5G Transition, etc.) [VIDEO]

This session will explore the current and future status of vehicle connectivity, including spectrum sharing, Internet/cloud connection and vehicle-to-X (vehicle, infrastructure or person) communications using technologies such as Wi-Fi, 4G, 5G, and DSRC. Addressing interoperability among the various vehicle connection technologies and the large amounts of data produced by vehicle connectivity will also be reviewed.

T. Russ Shields

Mary Brown
Cisco Systems, Inc.

Harry Lightsey

Paul Najarian
U.S. Dept of State

Jeff Stewart
AT&T External & Legislative Affairs

Alice Tornquist


Moderator: T. Russell Shields, Chair, Ygomi


  • Mary L. Brown, Senior Director, Technology and Spectrum Policy, Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Harry M. Lightsey, Executive Director, Global Connected Customer Experience, Global Public Policy, GM
  • Paul B. Najarian, Foreign Affairs Officer - Telecom, U.S. Department of State
  • Jeff Stewart, Executive Director, Global Public - Wireless, AT&T External & Legislative Affairs
  • Alice Tornquist, Vice President, Government Affairs, Qualcomm
12:00 PM
1:30 PM

Luncheon Keynote [VIDEO]


Gary Peters
U.S. Senator for Michigan
  • Senator Gary Peters, United States (U.S.) Senator for Michigan
1:30 PM
2:30 PM

Role of Communications in Test Beds [VIDEO]

Click here to download the Texas A&M Transportation Institute Data Privacy Considerations for Automated and Connected Vehicles research report.

An environment with continuous wireless connectivity and real streets, intersections, pedestrian crossings, storefronts and stoplights—without residents walking around—enables developers and manufacturers to develop, refine and advance technologies by testing vehicle infrastructure and equipment in a safe setting. Join a team of government, industry and academic stakeholders as they share the latest developments on how new approaches and emerging technologies can be integrated in a new mobility system through autonomous vehicle test beds.

Raymond Resendes
Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

David Sparks
Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Peter Sweatman, PhD
Michigan Mobility Transformation Center

Moderator: Walton Fehr, Transportation Specialist, U.S. Dept. of Transportation (USDOT)


  • Raymond Resendes, Executive Director, National Capital Region Division, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
  • David Sparks, Senior Research Scientist, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Accelerate Texas Initiative
  • Peter Sweatman, PhD, Director, Michigan Mobility Transformation Center
2:30 AM


2:45 PM
3:45 PM

Automotive Cyber Security [VIDEO]

Cyber security risks for the auto industry touch on both technology in the vehicle and the Big Data that is collected and stored throughout the supply chain, from the manufacturers, dealers and end users. As cars increasingly become complex digital devices that contain wired and wireless interfaces—with sensors that produce gigabytes of data every hour—auto cyber security has exponentially grown as a critical issue. This session will provide a forum for global information exchange among auto industry leadership, government and international information and communications technology (ICT) research.

Robert Kelly
Squire Patton Boggs

Michael Cammisa
Association of Global Automakers

Masashi Eto

Cem Hatipoglu
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Moderator: Robert B. Kelly, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs


  • Michael Cammisa, Senior Director of Safety, Association of Global Automakers
  • Masashi Eto, Researcher, NICT
  • Cem Hatipoglu, Chief, Electronic Systems Safety Research Division, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
3:45 AM


4:00 PM
5:00 PM

Smart Cities Initiative [VIDEO]

In September the Administration announced a new “Smart Cities Initiative” that plans to invest over $160 million in federal research and leverage a multitude of technology collaborations to help local communities improve quality of life. This initiative seeks to leverage Information & Communications Technologies (ICT) to reduce traffic congestion, enhance quality and performance of transportation services, reduce costs and resource consumption, and respond to emergency situations more effectively. As this occurs, urban areas are transforming into a laboratory for applied innovation. This session will explore the potential for an “Internet of Things” – a ubiquitous network of connected devices, smart sensors, and big data analytics – to develop into an ecosystem that will improve the transportation infrastructure in urban areas.

Paul Shomburg

Carl Andersen

Dan Collins
Urban Insights Associates

Brian Cronin
Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO)

Moderator: Paul Schomburg, Director, Government and Public Affairs, Panasonic


  • Carl K. Andersen, Connected Vehicle Program Manager, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
  • Daniel Collins, Vice President and General Manager, Urban Insights Associates
  • Brian Cronin, Team Leader, Research, Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO)


    5:00 PM
    6:30 PM