E-Mobility, self-driving cars

Autonomous car technology is the next battleground in Silicon Valley

As of November 16, 2017 the California state has issued Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permits to nearly 50 companies, many of which are also traditionel car manufacturers (VW, Mercedes, BMW, Nissan, Ford, Honda…) and suppliers, as well as the Internet powerhouses Google, Apple, Uber, etc., plus many start-ups. The heart of the E-Mobility, self-driving car development seems to be in Silicon Valley now.

“Leading E-Mobility, self-driving car talent is being valued at $10 million or even ‘tens of millions’ per employee. Start-ups working on E-Mobility, self-driving car technology are scoring sky-high valuations and being acquired for major sums. GM bought E-Mobility, self-driving car tech start-up Cruise Automation for $1 billion last year.”
Greentech Media Research

Furthermore, the E-Mobility, self-driving car technology is real:

  1. It is here; as Tesla has pushed a software update to its vehicles around the world. This has enabled sensors already on board the cars to allow for so-called autonomous driving. Other car manufacturers have announced similar moves to happen soon.
  2. They are superior drivers; a computer is simply a better driver than a human. Many might not like this but it is a proven fact.
  3. It is changing everything; the economic and safety effects will be staggering. The next step after making driverless cars legal will be making them mandatory.

In Switzerland, we see many Tesla cars on the road as it is a prime market for them. And smart driving technology for Mercedes has also been developed here.

Autonomous Car Tech Is the Next Battleground in Silicon Valley
GM's self-driving car challenges federal safety standards
General Motors - 2018 - Self-driving safety report


Program (Preliminary)

Introduction to latest E-Mobility, self-driving car innovations

Why are E-Mobility, self-driving cars safer than humans and what will the economic impact be when they become mandatory?

Siddhartha Arora

Silicon Valley E-Mobility, self-driving car projects

  • Waymo
  • UBER
  • Chris Heiser, Co-Founder & CEO, Renovo
  • Velodyne
  • others


Siddhartha Arora

Siddhartha Arora is presently working at the IBM Innovation Center in Zurich.

Siddhartha graduated from ETH Zurich’s Management, Economics and Technology MAS program where his final assignment was focused on understanding the commercial drone industry.

Siddhartha has an MSc in Information Security from Royal Holloway, University of London, as well as degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics from the University of Massachusetts.

Prof. Dr. Anton Gunzinger

Prof. Dr. Anton Gunzinger astonished the international IT world of the 90s with his revolutionary supercomputer.

He has been awarded a host of different honours and was selected by TIME magazine as one of the 100 top leaders of the twenty-first century.

In 1993, Anton Gunzinger founded the company Supercomputing Systems AG, aimed at developing and marketing supercomputers.

Today, with around 90 staff members, the enterprise develops bespoke products in various fields of application for international clients.

Anton Gunzinger remains a source of inspiration for the enterprise.

He encourages, stimulates and sees through development processes.

As an out-of-the-box thinker he often clears the way for innovative projects, being able to point out new development potential and enthuse clients.

He teaches computer architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich.

Chris Heiser

Chris Heiser is the co-founder and CEO of Renovo, leading the company’s development of software platforms to accelerate the innovation and adoption of automated mobility on-demand (AMoD) systems.

In addition to serving as a founding advisor of San Francisco’s Self Racing Cars Series, Chris is a die-hard gearhead with a passion for motorsports, engineering and technology.

He was previously the Director of Product Management at LightSurf—pioneer of the camera phone—before the company was acquired by Verisign.

Heiser graduated from Carnegie Mellon with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering.