10 Automotive Influencers Driving the Industry Forward
This is one industry that literally lives and breathes “fast.” From vehicle companies pivoting to help during the current COVID-19 crisis, to digitization, increasing EV advancements, and new business models, tomorrow’s auto world has never moved faster. To keep up with the changes, advancements, and predictions in the vehicle world, we’ve identified 10 automotive influencers whose vision is driving the industry forward, (in alphabetical order):
Chairman and CEO, General Motors
Mary spearheads GM, envisioning a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion. Automakers like GM are taking steps to help boost production of key medical equipment necessary to help combat the spread of the coronavirus, repurposing production lines to help increase availability of vital supplies.
Executive Product Program Manager, Toyota Boshoku
A passionate, innovative, and futurist designer, Richard is a thought-leader on future mobility, automotive interior design and innovation. Toyota Boshoku is committed to delivering superior mobility experiences to customers throughout the world. At CES, the company introduced several new concepts―together with their component technologies―that increase the comfort value of mobility and transform mobility time and space.
Robyn was a recent speaker at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit which gathers the most preeminent women in business. Tesla is currently devoting resources to help solve the nation’s shortage of ventilators, which are critically needed to treat COVID-19. They’ve already sent tens of thousands of N95 respirator masks to states impacted by the virus and are planning to donate many more.
Host, E For Electric
Alex features the latest news on electric cars on this informative and educational YouTube channel including Tesla, Chevy Bolt, Nissan Leaf, Lucid Air, Jaguar IPace, Porsche Mission E, Fisker Emotion and other EV technologies. He interviews CEOs and top executives of EV companies diving into the industry’s latest and greatest innovations.
CEO, Smart Radar System
Paul is a pioneer in 4D image radar for automotive and industrial applications. Smart Radar System provides corner radar, radar module customization services and the company’s 4D image radar is expected to be in mass production by the end of 2020.
VP Product, Eyesight Technologies
Eyesight Technologies offers a market-leading Driver Monitoring System and sensing solutions for the in-car environment. The company’s core technology uses edge-based computer vision and AI to create safer and better driving experiences. Tal joined Eyesight from Microsoft and is dedicated to Eyesight’s mission to make cars better understand, cater to and predict people’s needs by leveraging the power of embedded computer vision AI.
President, The Green Living Guy and Program Manager, Drive Electric Hudson Valley
Seth, an author of many EV books, aims to help New York reach Drive Electric Hudson Valley’s goal of getting a million electric vehicles on the road by 2025. New York is a leader in the movement of states to achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Accords.
Michelle is a thoughtful resource providing news on green energy, green transport, and the climate crisis. Electrek.Co not only tracks the transition from fossil fuel transportation to electric and the clean ecosystems, they are on a mission to accelerate EV adoption by making charging reliable, easy, and accessible to all.
Innovator in Residence, UC Berkeley’s Jacob’s Institute for Design Innovation
The Oculus VR Co-Founder and former Chief Engineer is now active in automotive technology, building cars at his private R&D facility and hardware incubator in Livermore, CA. His passion runs deep for creating unique hands-on learning experiences for students, especially those who normally wouldn’t get the chance to have such an empowering experience.
Vice President, Business Development Automotive and Transportation, Jabil Automotive
Trevor is an automotive executive with over 25 years of experience leading global infotainment and connected services technologies within the automotive industry, having also worked for Harman, SiriusXM and Aeris. His work at Jabil involves supporting customers in bringing to market automotive-grade technology that improves vehicle connectivity, energy-efficiency and safety.