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The Washington Auto Show’s Industry Media Day will be held January 23, 2020

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U.S. News & World Report will be announcing their 2020 Best Cars for the Money at the 2020 Washington Auto Show’s Industry Media Day! Plus the regional reveal of the Ford Mustang Mach-e, the Maserati Levante, and much more.




Tentative Schedule — January 23, 2020

Note: All formal programming below will be in Hall E unless otherwise noted.


8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Washington Auto Show Media Breakfast, Sponsored by Toyota and the Washington Automotive Press Association

Toyota Display Space – Hall D

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

The Washington Auto Show’s Annual Government Keynote Address by Mark W. Menezes, Under Secretary of Energy, United States Department of Energy

9:05 a.m. – 9:30  a.m.

“What’s Coming Next in Mobility” Panel

2020 is here and where are all the autonomous vehicles everyone was a mixture of excited and apprehensive about? Overly optimistic AV timeline predictions by OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers and deep-pocketed tech companies proved largely false, but one thing is clear: the auto industry is changing quickly. Change comes in every direction and behind much of this greater mobility transformation are startup companies pushing larger, industry heavyweights to consider new solutions and technologies to keep up with the times. These companies may offer myriad technologies and services, yet they all compete for the attention of the large industry players. This panel discussion will offer perspectives from startups in the mobility space on how they approach getting their technologies in front of OEMs and other major players, while continuing to develop and mature their solutions to remain on the cutting edge.

  • Ms. Leslie Allen, Mobility Editor, Automotive News (Moderator)
  • Mr. Alex Thibault, Vice President & General Manager, Vulog North America
  • Mr. John Xin, CEO, Lunewave
9:35 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

5GAA Presentation feat. Ford Motor Company

Our mobility eco-system – vehicles, public transit, scooters, bikes, infrastructure, and ultimately AV’s – are becoming increasingly connected. With the advent of 5G, what are the best technologies to get us to an inter-connected, seamless, and more efficient transportation system in the future?

  • Ms. Desi Ujkachevic, Global Director for Auto Safety, Ford Motor Company
9:50 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Panel Presented by Advanced Energy Economy

Companies have begun to realize the benefits that come along with transitioning high mileage fleets to all-electric vehicles, including lower maintenance and fueling costs. Recently, major companies have announced efforts to electrify fleets from local delivery fleets to ride-hailing services, and cities from Los Angeles to New York City have begun transitioning their transit bus fleets. This panel will offer insight from key players in the fleet electrification space on key trends, challenges, and motivating factors for fleets to electrify.

10:20 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Panel Presented by CTIA

  • Ms. Jackie McCarthy, Assistant Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, CTIA (Moderator)
  • Mr. Jeff Stewart, Assistant Vice President, Global Public Policy, External & Legislative Affairs, AT&T Services, Inc.
  • Mr. Douglas C. Longhitano, Senior Engineer, Automotive Safety, Honda

10:50 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.

Toyota Press Announcement

Toyota Display – Hall D

11:15 a.m. – 11:35 a.m

Ford Motor Company Press Announcement

Ford Display – Hall E

11:45 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

Honda and Acura Press Announcement

Acura Display – Hall A

12:10 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Maserati Press Announcement

Maserati Display – Hall B

12:30 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.

Lunch Sponsored by U.S. News & World Report

Hall E

12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Keynote Address by Eric Meyhofer, Head of Advanced Technologies Group (ATG), Uber

1:20 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Address and Q&A from FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly

1:50 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.

U.S. News Best Cars for the Money Awards Presentation

2:25 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

2020 Green Car Awards

Luxury Green Car of the Year

Green Car Technology of the Year

2:55 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

DriveSafe DC Award Presented by the National Road Safety Foundation

3:45 p.m. –

5:00 p.m.

SAE Government & Industry Meeting Plenary Session

5:00 p.m. –

8:00 p.m.

Washington Auto Show 2020 Sneak Peek Preview Reception Sponsored by Hargrove, NADA & U.S. News & World Report


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