The Future of Automobiles is Café Scientifique topic on May 13 at SRI in Menlo Park

by Linda Hubbard on May 11, 2014

The Future of Automobiles and Our Personal Mobility: Automated, Electric, Connected, Shared—and What Else?” is the topic that will be addressed by Dr. Sven Beiker, Executive Director, CARS — The Center for Automotive Research at Stanford, at Café Scientifique on May 13 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.

While the automobile has been around for well over 100 years, it seems to be undergoing dramatic change at the moment. The powertrain is becoming more and more electrified, driving tasks are becoming more and more automated, the vehicle itself is becoming more and more connected to other vehicles and common infrastructures —and, at the same time, carsharing programs are being promoted as a new form of mobility.

In his talk, Dr. Beiker will visit each of these topics and highlight synergies and interdependencies between them. He will also discuss which innovations are on the horizon and which developments might take longer than expected. He’ll look at why it is important to not just talk about the automobile as such, but also about mobility in broader terms to fully understand what drives consumers in their vehicle choice and travel behavior.

Dr. Beiker is the Executive Director of CARS, the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford. CARS is an interdisciplinary partnership between academia and industry to address the challenges of personal mobility in the 21st century. Since 2008, Dr. Beiker has been taking care of the program’s strategic planning, resources management, and project incubation.

Besides managing the industry relationships, he holds teaching positions at Stanford University’s School of Engineering, the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and the Electrical Engineering Department of the Technische Universität Braunschweig (Germany) to educate students in interdisciplinary automotive topics and strategic thinking. For his research, Dr. Beiker conducts studies in consumer behavior and electric mobility at Stanford’s Precourt Energy Efficiency Center.

SRI is host to Café Scientifique Silicon Valley, an informal gathering that brings cutting-edge and topical science to members of the community. All meetings are free and open to the public. Events are held in SRI’s International Building at 333 Ravenswood Ave. in Menlo Park.


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