Silicon Valley is often called “The New Detroit” and Detroit likes to brag that it has a long-standing history of startups with an entrepreneurial spirit that is still alive today. What’s more, basically all automotive corporations have now R&D locations in Silicon Valley and “in return” tech companies plan to manufacture their autonomous vehicles in Michigan. It seems there is a battle between Detroit and Silicon Valley as to who will win the race toward the future of the automobile. However, this race is much more about collaboration than it is about competition as no player can win just by itself. In this talk, Dr. Sven Beiker looks at the strengths that Detroit and Silicon Valley bring to the table when it comes to autonomous, connected, electric, and shared automobiles. He also discusses the necessary technology to create a world of sustainable, safe, and enjoyable mobility to suggest which ingredients from Detroit and Silicon Valley the automobile of the future will need.


About the Speaker

Dr. Sven A. Beiker is the Founder and Managing Director of Silicon Valley Mobility, a consulting and advisory firm serving startups, investors, and corporations to understand trends in mobility. The firm specializes in technical diligence, product roadmaps, and business models. Dr. Beiker brings to bear his well over 20 years of experience gained during his tenure at the BMW Group, Stanford University, and McKinsey & Company. In addition to his consulting business, Dr. Beiker is a Lecturer at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University where he instructs students on strategies for startups and corporations in the field of automated, connected, electrified, and shared mobility. He also serves as the Automotive / Mobility Advisor for the German American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco and as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Lecture Notes in Mobility of Springer Science+Business Media.