2nd International Driverless Vehicle Summit

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 to Friday, 17 November 2017 from 5:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, Australia




Organisation: Peloton

Position: CEO

Josh Switkes is CEO of Peloton Technology, bringing safety and efficiency to trucks through connectivity and automation. He has been working on systems to make driving safer and more efficient for the last 15 years. After his work at Stanford University on vehicle dynamics and control, Josh developed production control systems for Volkswagen, Audi, and Tula Technology.

He has brought together a world class team of engineers, investors and advisors to bring ground-breaking safety and efficiency to trucking through the application of modern sensing, control and communications. By augmenting the abilities of human drivers, Peloton is bringing these advanced solutions to today’s trucking operations. Josh holds a PhD from Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering.

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Organisation: RDM Group

Position: Director, Connected and Autonomous Mobility Programmes

After completing a PhD on the feasibility of autonomous navigation in 2009, Richard worked as a Research Associate at Newcastle University developing V2V and V2I technologies and improving access to transport for vulnerable and elderly passengers through technology.

In 2011, Richard moved to industry, where he worked to set up and manage an automotive telematics division at RDM Group in Coventry. Where, amongst other projects, he delivered a bespoke telematics software package reporting movements of 1,200 vehicles at a huge international sporting event in London during the summer of 2012.

Richard left RDM in 2013 to take a position of Engineering Director at AVID Technology Group in Newcastle, winning several awards and was responsible for developing and supplying advanced electrification solutions into heavy-duty vehicles across the world.

Having returned to RDM in early 2017, Richard has taken up the challenge of developing connected mobility solutions utilising autonomous vehicles to improve transport choices and accessibility for all travellers.


Organisation: RACWA

Position: General Manager, Public Policy

Anne is General Manager, Public Policy within RAC’s Advocacy and Members team where she leads the formulation of RAC policy papers and demonstration projects relating to congestion management, transport planning, road safety, vehicles and transport affordability.

She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts (honours) and has both public sector and private sector consulting experience, having led the delivery of transport projects in Australia, Dubai, the UK and New Zealand.

Her role at the RAC is to work with partners to help deliver RAC's Mobility Agenda of safe, accessible and sustainable transport. Anne is a member and a past President of the Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management and a member of the Western Australian Black Spot Consultative Panel, the Western Australian Bike Network Plan Implementation Reference Group and the Australian Automobile Association’s Public Policy Forum.

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Organisation: Telstra

Position: Chief Technology Officer

Håkan Eriksson joined Telstra, Australia’s leading telecommunications and technology company, as CTO in February 2017.

Håkan is focused on guiding the CTO to establish leading positions on priority technologies, drive value through advanced technology and capabilities, accelerate business and cultural innovation, and drive collaboration across Telstra.

Prior to joining Telstra, Håkan had a long career at Ericsson, where his key appointments were Group CTO Ericsson and CEO Ericsson Australia and New Zealand.

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Organisation: Local Motors

Position: Vice President of Product Management

Hugh Palmer is the vice president of product management at Local Motors, a technology company that designs, builds and sells vehicles. This disruptive company is redefining vehicle development by utilizing advanced micro-manufacturing techniques and large-scale 3D printing, which accelerates the development and commercialization process of smart vehicle technology.

Hugh Palmer is an award winning product development executive with 18 years of manufacturing experience in high-tech and automotive, six years of which he lived and worked in China. Hugh is a thought leader in the use of direct digital manufacturing and large-scale 3D printing, as it pertains to the growing need for purpose-built smart mobility solutions. He leads the charge in developing a growing portfolio of vehicles that are market-driven, technology-enabled and adaptable to the needs of the local community.

Hugh and his team are rethinking the future of transportation with products such as Olli, an electric self-driving shuttle that offers cities and communities around the world a solution to the first/last mile problem with transportation.

Hugh received his engineering degree from Brigham Young University and holds a master’s in business administration from Thunderbird University. Hugh has a strong track record for successfully bringing innovative products to market and recently won R&D Magazine’s "Best Products of the Year” award.