The Connected Autonomous Vehicle – Impact on Business & Society Beyond the Automotive Industry

Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm
Location: Ericsson
2625 Augustine Drive
Santa Clara, CA 95054



As vehicles become more and more connected, whether via DCRC based V2X, advanced cellular technology (LTE evolving towards 5G), or other forms of connectivity such as WiFi, Bluetooth, etc., they become more tightly interwoven into the fabric of everyday connected and smart society. At the same time, cars are becoming smarter and more aware of their environment as Advanced Safety Systems evolve into various levels of Autonomous Driving. As such, connected & autonomous vehicles will transform not only the automotive industry itself, but a great many other industries as well, including insurance, retail, mobile service providers, healthcare, government services & smart city infrastructure. Vehicles will be collecting, storing, processing, and transmitting, massive amounts of data designed to make driving safer, more convenient, and more profitable. But this will also have implications for privacy and will require that the automotive industry and its various partners rethink their approach to data usage and data sharing. Ultimately, the connected car will have a profound impact on society and the everyday lives of millions of people around the world.

Please join ACG Silicon Valley’s panel of experts as they discuss how this impact will accelerate further with the adoption of autonomous vehicles.


Our Distinguished Panel


Dave Anderson

Director, Technology – Smart Machines Initiative

Dave Anderson is the Director of Technology for the Smart Machines Initiative for the Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center, where he is responsible for open innovation, architecture development, and technical innovation in the areas of drones, robots and automotive.

Dave was a maker long before the maker movement was coined with over 15 years’ experience in the automotive industry.  He was named one of the top 40 under 40 by Automotive News in 2015 and has dedicated his career to technology innovation for the automotive and consumer electronics industries.  Prior to joining Samsung, Dave led automotive integration for NVIDIA managing a global team developing advanced computing platforms for vehicle cockpit and autonomous vehicles.  He was cofounder of NVIDIA’s technical center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and has held severalengineering and technical roles at Altera, SiriusXM Radio, and Visteon.  He has led both small entrepreneurial teams and larger organizations throughout the industry.

Dave earned a BSEE in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University.  He holds U.S. Patents for a Flexible LED Backlighting Circuit, a Cross-Point Matrix for Infrared Touchscreen and an Intraoral Oral Imaging system.


Seval Oz


Seval is CEO of a recently funded stealth start-up in Silicon Valley ( concentrating on camera/radar image fusion for the sensory perception for autonomous vehicles. This start up is funded partially by Google Alphabet’s newly announced AI- focused fund, Gradient Ventures, in Mountain View, CA.

Recently CEO of world automotive giant Continental AG’s Intelligent Transportation System’s new division HQ’ed in Silicon Valley, Seval grew the SW engineering team to develop an open stack cloud back end computing architecture for the entire company. This initiative was responsible for Continental’s mobility services and digitalization transformation. Seval was formerly Senior Director of global business development and partnerships for GoogleX’s self-driving vehicle’s commercial launch. The far reaching implications of this revolutionary technology hope to change the way we mobilize as a society.

Known as the Chief Troublemaker on her team, Seval was the recipient of the Women in Technology Awards for Courage presented in San Francisco. Seval received her MBA from Wharton Business School, graduating with High Distinction, and her BA, cum laude, from Wellesley/M.I.T.


Michelle L. Avary

Vice President,
Automotive Products & Strategy

Michelle Avary is a leader in connected vehicles and a key member of Aeris’ executive team, responsible for automotive products, strategy and business development.  Over 18 years, Michelle has developed a holistic view of the connected vehicle having developed, launched, and operated embedded and tethered solutions for Toyota, as well as scouted technologies for Harman.  She is a passionate connected vehicle technologist, co-founder of an automotive startup, founder of Women In Automotive Technology, an advocacy group, and an advisor to several start ups.

Michelle received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Pennsylvania State University, a Masters of Art in Economics from the University of San Francisco, and studied international law and economics at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.


Evangelos Simoudis

Co-founder & Managing Director
Synapse Partners

Evangelos Simoudis is a seasoned venture investor, senior advisor to global corporations, and a recognized thought leader in big data, digital platforms, and corporate innovation. He is the author of the book The Big Data Opportunity In Our Driverless Future.

Evangelos is the co-founder and managing director of Synapse Partners, a firm that invests in early-stage companies developing applications that combine artificial intelligence with big data. During his long investment career, he has also served as a managing director with Trident Capital and Apax Partners.

Evangelos is a member of Caltech’s advisory board, the Advisory Board of Brandeis International School of Business, and the advisory board of New York’s Center of Urban Science and Progress. In 2014, he was named a Power Player in Digital Platforms, and in 2012 as a top investor in online advertising.

Evangelos earned a Ph.D. in computer science from Brandeis University and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Caltech.


Bob Brown

Chief Financial Officer
Velodyne LiDAR

Bob Brown is the Chief Financial Officer at Velodyne LiDAR, responsible for the company’s financial strategy as it scales manufacturing capacity and drives worldwide growth. Bob brings with him a deep understanding of market forces gained over a 30+ year career in the hardware and semiconductor sectors.

Before joining Velodyne LiDAR in August of 2017, Bob was Executive Vice President and CFO of VeriSilicon, a provider of ASICs, semiconductor design services, and IP licensing, where he established strong financial practices and helped drive the company’s growth and acquisition strategy. Prior to that, he was the Vice President of Business Development at Cadence Design Systems, where he managed all M&A activity, equity investments, and inbound IP licensing.

Bob earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance from Miami University and his MBA from the University of Michigan.


Our Distinguished Moderator


Drue Freeman

Consultant, Advisor & Investor
Experienced Global Automotive
Semiconductor Executive

With 30 years experience in the semiconductor industry, Drue is on the Advisory Boards of several private companies, including Savari, Inc., a leader in the Connected Car and serves on the Board of Management at Ridar Systems, a startup using cellular technology to alert drivers of nearby motorcycles and bicycles. He advises and consults for technology companies ranging from early-stage start-ups to multi-billion dollar corporations. He is an Advisory Board Member of BWG Strategy LLC, an invite-only network for senior executives across technology, media and telecom, and a member of Sand Hill Angels, a group of successful Silicon Valley executives and accredited investors who are passionate about entrepreneurialism and the commercialization of disruptive technologies. His venture capital and angel Investments focus primarily on the automotive sector.