Day 2 Agenda

Morning Registration


Dr Aybike Ongel

Principal Investigator for Individual Mobility Vehicles & Services

Theme 4: Frontier Market Opportunities for Autonomous Vehicles

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM Autonomous Driving in India – Challenges and OEM’s Perspective

Mahesh Shinde, GM, HEAD - ERC (Indoor testing), Tata Motors Limited
Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick once quoted that India will be the last place on Earth to get self-driving cars. Poor signage, stray cattle on roads, frenzied jumble of pedestrian crossing, chaotic traffic conditions and a minister who has publicly announced that he is not supporting any autonomous vehicle technology that could take away jobs all bode to unfavourable conditions that would scare away potential investors. However, some local conglomerates are still pushing for the introduction of driverless vehicles in India, forecast to soon be the world’s third-largest auto market. This session will focus on the challenges faced by Tata Motors, one of those actively developing an autonomous vehicles solution for Indian roads, and what it is currently doing to tackle these issues.


Mahesh Shinde

GM, HEAD - ERC (Indoor testing)
Tata Motors Limited

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM Autonomous Vehicles in Thailand Smart City – Will it ever come true?

Dr Sakda Panwai, Senior Vice President, Don Muang Tollway
Thailand is Southeast Asia’s auto-making hub with several of the biggest OEMs already having assembly plants in the Kingdom. But is the country ready to introduce autonomous vehicles? Are the regulations and legislation in place? What about the road infrastructure? This session will look at whether there are any market opportunities for autonomous vehicles in Thailand, and examine some of the possible hurdles that autonomous vehicles manufacturers would have to overcome when planning to penetrate into market.


Dr Sakda Panwai

Senior Vice President
Don Muang Tollway

Morning Tea & Networking Break

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Morning Tea & Networking Break

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Leveraging on Autonomous Vehicles to Ease Indonesia’s Traffic Woes – Is it feasible and cost-effective?

Kukuh Kumara, Secretary General , Association of Indonesia Automotive Industries
Mega cities such as Jakarta are already suffering from overwhelming congestion. The city’s transportation infrastructure development has not kept up with the rise in population, vehicle ownership and travel patterns. Traffic demand management initiatives, such as the 3-in-1 and odd-even vehicle licence plate, have not sufficiently reduced congestion due to enforcement challenges. This session will look at how Jakarta’s urban mobility system has evolved over the years, understand the various underlying forces influencing driving patterns, and examine whether autonomous vehicles is a feasible and cost-effective solution in the near future.


Kukuh Kumara

Secretary General
Association of Indonesia Automotive Industries

Interactive Round-tables

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM Topic 1: Developing a sustainable future transport system

Developing and commercializing autonomous vehicles bode well for the future of transportation, but putting in place a sustainable operating model is equally crucial. In this roundtable, delegates will discuss the technical and operational issues that could arise when developing a future transportation system and also focus on the various steps and strategies and cooperation needed among stakeholders to ensure its sustainability, flexibility and affordability.

  • Examining how autonomous vehicles can address the transportation woes in Asia
  • Formulating cost-effective strategies to incorporate autonomous vehicles into smart cities across Asia
  • Discussing the possibility of autonomous vehicles for last-mile connectivity

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM Topic 2: Predicting the Future of Autonomous Driving Legislation and its Impact on the Automotive Industry

Pete Kelly, Managing Director, LMC Automotive
Forward-thinking regulatory and progressive legislative support from the government is crucial for the successful roll-out of autonomous vehicles. This roundtable will focus on what OEMs, passengers and other industry stakeholders can and should expect from future legislation and also discuss the impact of autonomous vehicles on driving laws, manufacturing and development.

  • Examining the shortcomings of the current regulatory framework in Asia to support successful autonomous vehicles adoption
  • Discussing the possibility of a standardized regulatory framework for autonomous vehicles


Pete Kelly

Managing Director
LMC Automotive

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM Topic 3: Finding the Right Balance Between Technical Innovation and Profit Generation

Mahesh Shinde, GM, HEAD - ERC (Indoor testing), Tata Motors Limited
Developing the various autonomous vehicles technologies require huge amount of investment. In this roundtable, delegates will try to identify some of the technologies that should be prioritized in order to develop this nascent industry and also discuss some strategies to balance the cost of manufacturing and production.

  • Analyzing the various technologies that being developed for the autonomous vehicles industry
  • Examining the cost of developing new autonomous vehicle technologies
  • Differentiating the costs of manufacturing autonomous and traditional vehicles


Mahesh Shinde

GM, HEAD - ERC (Indoor testing)
Tata Motors Limited

Lunch & Networking Break

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM Lunch & Networking Break

Theme 5: Commercialising Autonomous Vehicles Adoption in Asia-Pacific

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM Examining Implications Of Autonomous Vehicles Technology On Logistics and Warehousing Operations

Pang Mei Yee, Vice President of Innovation, Solutions Delivery & Service Management – A, DHL
Self-driving vehicles in warehouses have the ability not just to transport goods but also to combine other process steps such as loading and unloading in order to increase the overall efficiency of an entire process. In addition to providing efficiency gains, self-driving vehicles can also significantly increase safety in transport and loading processes. This session will take a closer look at some of the possible implementation of autonomous vehicle technology for logistics and warehousing operations, including forklifts, drones and trucks.


Pang Mei Yee

Vice President of Innovation, Solutions Delivery & Service Management – A

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM Case-study: Boosting Productivity in Trucking & Freight Industry Through Platooning Technology

Alexander Mastrovito, Head of Sustainable Transport Solutions, Scania Asia & Ocenia
Scania has been at the forefront of research and trials of truck platooning, which has already shown the potential to achieve major fuel savings as well as contribute to increased road safety. This session takes a closer look at the technology that is being developed, the vehicle trials being conducted in Singapore, and how the truck platooning concept provides an opportunity to boost productivity in both the port sector and the trucking industry.


Alexander Mastrovito

Head of Sustainable Transport Solutions
Scania Asia & Ocenia

Afternoon Tea & Networking Break

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM Afternoon Tea & Networking Break

3:45 PM - 4:15 PM Examining the Impact of Autonomous Vehicles on the General Insurance Industry and the Strategies for the Foreseeable Future

Basant Kumar Nayak, Head of Motor Insurance, National Insurance Company Limited
This session will look at some of the driving factors for the General Insurance and its ancillary industries as they relook their survival strategies. They include changing technology, cost and pattern of ownership, number of vehicles on road, drastic fall in accident rates, absence of driver in the vehicle, less need for parking lots, and other new form of liabilities. It will also examine the impact of these factors on insurers and other associated businesses such as surveyors, investigators, etc.


Basant Kumar Nayak

Head of Motor Insurance
National Insurance Company Limited

4:30 PM - 5:15 PM Securing All End Points: Understanding The Role Of Cyber Security In Autonomous Technology

Ensuring robust cyber security is becoming increasingly critical for the success of autonomous vehicles (AVs). This is partly due to the inter-connectivity between AVs and the internet, which opens the vehicles to hacking and other malicious attacks on its array of advanced electronics and sensors. In order to enable safe adoption of AVs, the core technology must be secured at all times. This session will highlight the various security challenges for AVs, potential cyber-attack scenarios and some of the actions that we can take to counter these potential malicious attacks.

Closing Remarks


Dr Aybike Ongel

Principal Investigator for Individual Mobility Vehicles & Services