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From Auto Cybersecurity to Smart Cities, TIA Event to Examine Future of Vehicle Connectivity

December 8th Event with Global Automakers and ITU will Feature Leaders from DOT, Cisco, GM, Panasonic, Qualcomm, Univ. of Michigan, Virginia Tech and Others

Arlington, Va. (October 19, 2015) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) today announced it will hold a special one-day event focused on the future of vehicle connectivity. The event, which will be co-hosted by the Association of Global Automakers and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), will feature experts from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), industry leaders from GM, Cisco, Qualcomm and Panasonic and researchers from Virginia Tech, Texas A&M and University of Michigan, among others.

TIA’s Vehicle Connectivity Workshop will include several panel discussions that address critical issues facing the future of intelligent transportation – including connectivity and network issues, automotive cybersecurity, the role of transportation in smart cities and more.  There will be two keynote speeches, including one by Kenneth M. Leonard, Director of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO).

The event will be held in conjunction with the ITU’s open meeting on Intelligent Transportation System Communication Standards on December 7, 2015 at TIA’s Headquarters.

The full schedule of activities is available here.

Members of the media interested in attending should contact April Ward at or 703.907.7704.

WHO:           The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the Association of Global Automakers and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

WHAT:         Vehicle Connectivity Workshop – How Communications is Changing Vehicles and Operations

                    Sponsored by Cisco, GM, Panasonic, and Texas A&M Transportation Institute

WHEN:         December 8, 2015; 9:00 am – 6:30 pm ET

WHERE:       TIA Headquarters, 1320 N. Courthouse Rd., Ste. 200, Arlington, VA 22201

Speakers featured at TIA’s Vehicle Connectivity Workshop will include:

  • John Bozzella, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Association of Global Automakers
  • Mary L. Brown, Senior Director, Technology and Spectrum Policy, Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Walton Fehr, Transportation Specialist, U.S. Department  of Transportation (USDOT)
  • Robert B. Kelly, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
  • Kenneth M. Leonard, Director, U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO)
  • Harry M. Lightsey, Executive Director, Global Connected Customer Experience, Global Public Policy, GM
  • Raymond Resendes, Executive Director, National Capital Region Division, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
  • Paul Schomburg, Director, Government and Public Affairs, Panasonic
  • T. Russell Shields, Chair, Ygomi; Chair, Collaboration on ITS Communication Standards, ITU
  • David Sparks, Senior Research Scientist, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
  • Peter Sweatman, Director, University of Michigan Mobility Transformation Center
  • Alice Tornquist, Vice President, Government Affairs, Qualcomm

About the Association of Global Automakers

The Association of Global Automakers represents international motor vehicle manufacturers, original equipment suppliers, and other automotive-related trade associations. Our members include American Honda Motor Co., Aston Martin Lagonda of North America, Inc., Ferrari North America, Inc., Hyundai Motor America, Isuzu Motors America, Inc., Kia Motors America, Inc., Maserati North America, Inc., McLaren Automotive Ltd., Nissan North America, Inc. Peugeot Motors of America, Subaru of America, Inc., Suzuki Motor of America, Inc., and Toyota Motor North America, Inc. For more information, visit

About ITU

ITU is the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technologies, driving innovation in ICTs together with 193 Member States and a membership of over 700 private sector entities and academic institutions. Established in 1865, ITU celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2015 as the intergovernmental body responsible for coordinating the shared global use of the radio spectrum, promoting international cooperation in assigning satellite orbits, improving communication infrastructure in the developing world, and establishing the international standards that foster seamless interconnection of a vast range of communications systems. From broadband networks to cutting-edge wireless technologies, aeronautical and maritime navigation, radio astronomy, oceanographic and satellite-based earth monitoring as well as converging fixed-mobile phone, Internet and broadcasting technologies, ITU is committed to connecting the world.

About TIA

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents manufacturers and suppliers of global communications networks through standards development, policy and advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and events and networking. TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment, and entertainment. Visit for more details.

TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and is a proud sponsor of ANSI’s Standards Boost Business campaign. Visit  for details.