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Special Event: Business and Government Leaders will Examine How Communications and Connectivity are Changing Transportation

U.S. Senator Gary Peters Announced as Keynote Speaker, Joining Experts from U.S. DOT, GM, Tech Companies and Universities

Arlington, Va. (December 1, 2015) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) today announced Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) will keynote a special Vehicle Connectivity event on December 8.  

The day-long event, which will be co-hosted by the Association of Global Automakers and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), will also feature a keynote from Kenneth Leonard, Director of the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) within the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). Other panel discussions will include policymakers from the FBI, State Department and USDOT, industry leaders from General Motors (GM), Cisco, AT&T, Qualcomm and Panasonic and researchers from Virginia Tech, Texas A&M and University of Michigan.

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

A live video stream of the event will also be available here.

TIA’s Vehicle Connectivity Workshop will explore the future of intelligent transportation and challenges facing the industry – including connectivity and network issues, automotive cybersecurity, and transportation in smart cities. The event will be held in conjunction with the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) open meeting on Intelligent Transportation System Communication Standards on December 7, 2015 at TIA’s Headquarters.

The full schedule of activities is available here.

WHO:           TIA, Global Automakers, and ITU

WHAT:         Special Event:  How Communications is Changing Vehicles and Operations

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

WHEN:         Tuesday, December 8, 2015; 8:00 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:

  • Carl Andersen, Connected Vehicle Program Manager, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
  • Scott Belcher, Chief Executive Officer, Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)
  • John Bozzella, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Association of Global Automakers
  • Mary Brown, Senior Director, Technology and Spectrum Policy, Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Michael Cammisa, Senior Director of Safety, The Association of Global Automakers
  • Daniel Collins, Vice President and General Manager, Urban Insights Associates
  • Brian Cronin, Team Leader, ITS Research, Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO), U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT)
  • Masashi Eto, Senior Researcher, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan
  • Walton Fehr, Transportation Specialist, U.S. Department  of Transportation (USDOT)
  • Robert B. Kelly, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
  • Robert Lawton, Intelligence Analyst, Cyber Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Harry Lightsey, Executive Director, Global Connected Customer Experience, Global Public Policy, General Motors (GM)
  • Yushi Naito, Chairman, ITU-T Study Group 16, on behalf of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
  • Paul Najarian, Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. Department of State
  • 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
  • Jeff Stewart, Executive Director, Global Public Policy – Wireless, External & Legislative Affairs, AT&T
  • 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 United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs), driving innovation in ICTs together with a membership of 193 Member States and over 800 private-sector entities and academic and research institutes. 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 developing countries, 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.