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The future of transport and automation

Leap into the future of transportation and sustainability in the auto and agricultural industries. Experience rapid strides towards smart cities and explore the fascinating world of robotics. 

Gain a deep understanding of the significant impact this new hardware will have on our society.

 

Mariana Vasconcelos
Co-founder & CEO, Agrosmart

What’s happening?

You may be asking yourself, ‘Where are all the self-driving cars?’. We’ll explore four content tracks that give you insight into how we’ll be getting around in the coming decade. Machine shines a spotlight on the trends and technologies behind the next generation of vehicles and robotics.

Your Web Summit Rio ticket gives you access to all masterclasses and roundtables at the event, as well as to talks on Machine and 15-plus other tracks.

State of the autonomous future

Self-driving vehicles have been around for more than a decade. But what will it take to move beyond the endless test driving? What’s the truth behind the hype, and where is real progress being made? What are the economic, social and legal implications of driverless cars on our roads? 

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Sustainability at the forefront

The auto industry is undergoing a rapid environmental evolution, but questions remain about ‘smart cities’ and their infrastructure. Will battery technology improve? Can we mine enough to match production? Will the charging infrastructure improve to keep up with demand? Beyond electrification, what other technologies can have an impact? 

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AI and the human connection

Robots are becoming more ‘intelligent’ every day, with some even beginning to program themselves. What are the limits to how human they can become? What does it mean for innovation, and what new products can we expect? How fast will AI and machine learning help this evolve?

The evolution of hardware

Robots are being deployed in many industries, and at an ever increasing rate. From industrial production, consumer retail, and even the service industry, robots that work for a living are finally becoming mainstream. However, ethical, financial and logistical questions remain unanswered – what do robots mean for humans?

Meet our past speakers

Ola Källenius
Ola Källenius
CEODaimler & Mercedes-Benz
Toto Wolff
Toto Wolff
Team Principal & CEOMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
Ryan Petersen
Ryan Petersen
Co-founder & CEOFlexport
Annie Tao
Annie Tao
Co-founder & COOHorizon Robotics
Markus Villig
Markus Villig
Founder & CEOBolt
Deborah Wahl
Deborah Wahl
Global CMOGeneral Motors
Blake Scholl
Blake Scholl
Founder & CEOBoom Supersonic
Christine GZ
Christine GZ
Race DriverTOO GZ
Marek Reichman
Marek Reichman
Chief Creative OfficerAston Martin
Martin Hofmann
Martin Hofmann
Group CIOVolkswagen

Companies that attend

“Not every idea is going to win, and you need to know when to move on.”

– Markus Villig, Founder & CEO, Bolt

“We always try to push the boundaries and to be rule breakers.”

– Katia Bassi, CMO, Automobili Lamborghini

“It’s not about building cars. It’s about building new drivers.”

– John Krafcik, CEO, Waymo

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