Automotive Futures Conferences


*** Because of the coronavirus, this conference will be livestreamed AND recorded, with links emailed to registered participants ***

12th Annual Future of Automotive IT: “The Internet of Things”

September 9, 2020 – 9:00am to 1:30pm (EST / Detroit time)
$200 registration fee to access ‘live’ Virtual Conference (online).
Can not attend ‘live’ event? Register and get access to recorded sessions!
Quantity discounts available (see Register Now page)
MEET THE SPEAKERS (see information below)


UM Connected Vehicle Director Joins Toyota, Ford, IOT Expert, and IOT Researcher to Discuss The Internet of Things in Global Automotive Industry

Welcome to the 12th Annual “Focus on the Future” Automotive Research Conferences. This series, which runs September to July, offers five conferences each year that address topics of importance to the future of the automotive industry. The conference this year is our 12th annual Future of Automotive IT conference. A few year’s ago, the Internet of Things (IOT) was one of a number of IT-related topics at our Future of Automotive IT conference. But this year we will focus entirely on how IOT is used in the auto industry, in the corporation, vehicle, and infrastructure.

Some of the early auto industry IOT applications are factory-based, monitoring component and vehicle flow, supporting maintenance protocols, and providing workers and management data that can provide insights into possible improvements in the system. In-vehicle IOT is seen in Tesla’s over-air-updates that allow the vehicle to be a digitally visible node in the transport system. The vehicle, with connected vehicle technology, is also the link to the infrastructure that provides safety information as well as transportation system support services. There is a myriad of other applications we hope to discuss where IOT will play a role in the industry.

Some of the questions we will address include:

  • What new IOT applications, if any, will dramatically change the industry?
  • What are some of the barriers to introducing IOT applications in factories?
  • Are there supply chain ITO opportunities?
  • How has the pandemic affected IOT rollouts?
  • Are there cases where IOT is playing a role in responding to the pandemic?
  • How far along are we with introducing connected vehicle technology that allows for vehicles to communicate with each other and the infrastructure?
  • Are we seeing differences in IOT adoption in different regions of the world?
  • Which types of companies are more successful in using IOT than others?

Confirmed Speakers Include:

Bruce Belzowski, Managing Director, Automotive Futures will moderate the conference and introduce the topic of IOT in the industry.

Joe Barkai, Technology Consultant, will provide his view of where that auto industry is situated in the evolution of IOT, and where there are opportunities that can dramatically change the industry.

Trever White, Group Manager, Manufacturing Engineering Systems, Toyota Motor North America, will discuss his group’s use of IOT within the Toyota Production System in the U.S. as well as global applications.

Martin Krzywdzinski, Professor at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, will bring his years of experience with studying vehicle production in Germany to talk about IOT research projects his group is studying in production processes.

David Kramer, Smart Living/Internet of Things Research Lead, Ford Motor Company will discuss some of Ford’s recent Internet of Things projects and the role of IOT in the near future.

Henry Liu, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the University of Michigan’s Center for Connected and Automated Transportation (CCAT), will report on his group’s research as well as the recent announcement of an autonomous vehicle corridor between Ann Arbor and Detroit.

Other manufacturers, suppliers, government representatives, and consultants have been invited

Meet the Speakers

We will again offer our Meet the Speakers program for the upcoming Future of Automotive IT conference. We will begin the signup process a couple of weeks before the conference.


Conference Sponsorship

Companies or groups interested in sponsoring this conference, please contact Bruce Belzowski at or (+1) 734-936-2704.

Automotive Conference Sponsors

Automotive Futures Affiliates

Aisin Technical Center
Argonne National Labs
Bosch Corporation
Denso Corporation
Ford Motor Company
Means Industries
Valeo North America, Inc.
University of Michigan Ross Business School: Corporate Education

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