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The Future of Mobility: More than Meets the AI

The mobility disruption may have stalled during COVID-19, but is now back in full force. Who are the new winners and the (perhaps surprising) losers? Please join us to share ideas, meet new people and expand your network. This event is held in partnership with GABA and is kindly sponsored by Procopio.

After a pause in 2020/21, the mobility change-makers are back, but the world has changed. Join a panel of Silicon Valley veterans with a broad representation of mobility sectors to answer the following questions:

  • Electric Vehicle adoption seems to have stalled recently – Is our unreliable charging network to blame? Will the adoption of Tesla’s NACS plugs by most US automakers resolve the issue or create new ones? What are the ultimate prospects for the EV newcomers, and do these entrants pose an existential threat to the existing OEMs?
  • Is the self-driving vehicle dead (at least, for now)? What other innovations, driven by AI, can we look forward to in the automobile?
  • In last-mile travel, micro-mobility solutions seem to be consolidating – who will survive? Is delivery still a growth opportunity? What about car sharing?
  • Travel by air (for either delivery or personal transport) has been marketed as the “holy grail” of mobility – promising speed, efficiency, and affordability. Will we see this vision implemented in our lifetimes?

Philip Reinckens

Former CEO @ Spin, GABA Industry Expert Mobility

Over the past 15 years, Philip has built a successful career in the global automotive and mobility industry. For the last 5 years, he worked for escooter sharing providers TIER Mobility in Europe and Spin in the US, serving as their CEO. Prior to micromobility, he worked for the leading automotive top management consultancy Berylls Strategy Advisors, advising mostly German car manufacturers on autonomous and mobility topics.

Raymond Zheng

Senior Managing Director, Honda Innovations Silicon Valley, Inc. Honda Xcelerator Ventures

Raymond Zheng is the Senior Managing Director and leader of Honda Innovations Silicon Valley, Inc. and the Honda Xcelerator Ventures program. Overseeing strategic investment in early-stage startups and open innovation activities focusing on AI, mobility, robotics, energy, resource circulation, and carbon neutrality, Raymond and his team identify business opportunities that align with Honda's carbon-neutral and zero-fatality missions. Under his leadership, the dynamic Honda Innovation Silicon Valley team builds networks with the ecosystem, and develops strategic investment and partnerships with startups in North America under the Honda Xcelerator Ventures program. Before joining Honda, Zheng Raymond worked at Cisco, leading a global network of Cisco Innovation Centers as a senior leader for startup technology integration and Go-to-Market strategy. His broad experience at Cisco also included investment and M&A when he was involved in two dozen M&A deals, and leading multiple strategic initiatives in IOT, Security, networking and other areas.

Holger Endt

Director Data & AI, Mercedes-Benz R&D North America, Inc.

Holger Endt is the Head of Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) at Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America (MBRDNA). In this role, he oversees the development of AI-driven features to create a hyper-personalized luxury experience for Mercedes-Benz Cars. Holger and his team have launched several cutting-edge products, including the “ZeroLayer” feature - the AI-enabled Home Screen and the new “Routines” app that eases our customers’ daily routine by learning and automating passenger in-car habits for the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class. In 2023, Holger and his team spearheaded the integration of ChatGPT into Mercedes-Benz vehicles in the US, marking a first-of-its-kind move in the automotive industry.
 Prior to MBRDNA, Holger led business and engineering teams at Porsche and BMW. He holds a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Munich (TUM). During his academic journey, Holger led the TUM team of the Student Space Exploration & Technology Initiative (SSETI) of the European Space Agency (ESA), helping to launch and operate student-built satellites into space.

Marc Wimmershoff

VP of Autonomy Software, Zoox

Marc is the VP of Autonomy Software at Zoox where he is in charge of the AI software that lets the autonomous vehicle take decisions on how to navigate through traffic. His career in autonomous driving started in 2005 when he started to work on Driver Assistance Systems. Since then, he did his PhD in autonomous driving at RWTH Aachen University (Germany), worked for the autonomous driving efforts at Audi/VW, Tesla, Waymo and joined Zoox in 2015. Marc’s major accomplishments are bringing Tesla Autopilot 1 from its beginnings all the way to production, launching true fully driverless software releases at Waymo and Zoox and holding 18 patents and 13 publications in the domain.


Steffen Bartschat

CEO and Founder, Hill88

Steffen Bartschat is GABA’s industry expert on Innovation. Steffen has a technical background in consumer technology, and for the past decade has built a consulting business (Hill88) that helps large corporates improve their innovation strategies and enables non-local startups expand their business development footprint into the US. From 2012 – 2018 he helped $20B tier-one supplier Faurecia (now Forvia) establish and expand its connections to the Silicon Valley ecosystem, transforming the company from a supplier of materials to higher margin technology solutions.


Tuesday, March 12, 2024

  • Door opens & Check-in: 6:00 – 6:30 pm (PT)
  • Program: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Networking: 8:00 – 8:30 pm
3000 El Camino Real, 5 Palo Alto Sq Ste 400 | Palo Alto, CA 94306
  • Early bird (until Tuesday, Feb 27th 11pm PT): $15
  • Regular registration (until Saturday, Mar 9th 11pm PT): $25
  • Late registration (until Monday, Mar 11th 12pm PT): $35
  • Walk-in: $45

Light refreshments will be served.