2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Autonomous Cars Will Make Us Better Humans

Saturday, March 12
12:30PM - 1:30PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 6AB
531 E 4th St

Self-driving cars, and the artificial intelligence that powers them could all have the same seismic impact on society that networking PCs did on computing and communication. Hear from automotive, design, energy and technology experts as they discuss the pros, hazards, ethics and inevitabilities related to autonomous fleets, talk solutions that will enable people and machine-driven cars to co-exist and preview mind-blowing new technologies we'll use to maneuver and live in urban settings in faster, safer, cheaper and greener ways.

Hashtags: #sxsw #SelfDriver


Danny Stillion at SXSW

Danny Stillion

Partner/Exec Design Dir


As a Partner at IDEO, Danny serves as an Executive Design Director. With a background in fine art, visual communications and product design, Danny was drawn to the field of interaction design throu...

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J Christian Gerdes at SXSW

J Christian Gerdes

Chief Innovation Officer

US Department of Transportation

Chris Gerdes is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, Director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS) and Director of the Revs Program at Stanford. His la...

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Mark Platshon at SXSW

Mark Platshon

Sr Advisor

Icebreaker Ventures/BMW i-Ventures

Mark is Senior Advisor with the BMW i-Ventures fund, Managing Director of Icebreaker Ventures and a Partner with Birchmere Ventures. Prior, he was a serial CEO and a partner at Trident Capital and...

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Stefan Heck at SXSW

Stefan Heck



Dr. Stefan Heck is CEO and co-Founder of NAUTO, the Palo Alto-based smart car and urban mobility company. NAUTO’s proprietary, computer vision-enhanced system is an affordable way to upgrade any c...

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