Automotive Cloud and the Future of Mobility


Smart Mobility Seattle together with TiE Seattle brings to you the inaugural industry spotlight event on Smart Mobility.

The $3 trillion global automotive industry is going through a major transformation with ride/car sharing services, electric, autonomous and connected vehicle technologies gaining rapid evolution and adoption. Being the epicenter of cloud innovation, Seattle is attracting an increasing number of mobility companies including Mercedes, GM Cruise, Uber, Lyft, Grab and others. 

This event brings some of the industry leaders, entrepreneurs, investors and the community together to discuss industry trends, the role of cloud tech and the future of mobility.

Panels moderator: Sanjay Ravi, General Manager, Automotive Industry, Microsoft


  • 6:00pm Registration & Networking
  • 6:50pm Welcome address
    • TiE Seattle: Sharmilli Ghosh, President
    • Smart Mobility Seattle: Subhash Nair, Founder
    • Moderator: Sanjay Ravi, GM Automotive Industry, Microsoft
  • 7:00pm: Industry Panel (Cloud & the Future of Mobility):
    • Mercedes: Mike Dosenbach, Head of MBRDNA Seattle
    • Grab: Milind Mahajan, Head of R&D, Seattle
    • Microsoft: Avijit Sinha, Sr. Director Corp Biz Dev., IoT and Intelligent Edge
    • Nauto: Sanket Akerkar, SVP, Fleets & Insurance
  • 7:40pm Break
  • 7:50pm: Entrepreneur Panel (Emerging Opportunities in Mobility):
    • Glypmse: Chris Ruff, CEO
    • Migo: Jeff Warren, CEO
    • Airbiquity: David Jumpa, Chief Revenue Officer
    • Designated Driver: Manuela Papadopol, CEO 
  • 8:30pm: Closing Remarks & Networking
  • 9:00pm: Close


We have a fantastic line-up of panelists for this event comprising of industry leaders and entrepreneurs.


Registration for the event is via TiE Seattle. (Limited capacity – 100 spots)


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The event will be hosted at thinkspace conveniently located in Westlake Seattle with wonderful views of Lake Union and ample free parking space.





The Autonomous Mobility Unicorns

Waymo with a projected valuation of $250 billion is the poster-child of autonomous mobility unicorns. Here’s a look at the some of unicorns in this space.

One quantitative measure of comparison is California DMV’s Autonomous Vehicle Disengagement Reports. The last self reported 2018 data by the participating companies gives us an idea of the leaders in the space. 

However, this is by no means a comprehensive data set since it is limited to self reported data from companies testing autonomous vehicles in California, it nevertheless provides some basis for comparison.

A similar data collection is done by the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport (BMCT) that showed among others, Baidu with its Apollo platform completing 87,000 miles of autonomous testing in 2018 making it another top contender. 

One other prominent player Aptiv, states it has logged over one million autonomous miles globally. They also have a partnership with Lyft and reports to have given over 30,000 rides to Lyft users

Here is a list of some of the key AV companies and their reported valuation estimates at time of writing. 

Company Reported Valuation
$175 billion
$15 billion
$7.25 billion
$4 billion
$3.2 billion
$2.7 billion
$2.5 billion
$1+ billion
$1+ billion
$1+ billion
$1 billion

Even though Tesla does not test autonomous vehicles on public roads year, it reports over one billion AutoPilot miles and also claims to operate a ‘shadow-mode’ to analyze and improve its Autopilot. During its Autonomy Day, Elon Musk showcased its self-driving chip and announced Tesla will have over a million cars and robo-taxis with will full self-driving tech in 2020.

It will be interesting to see how these companies fare in the next few years. Share your thoughts and suggestions below.


Cruise Automation: Tech Talk + Happy Hour

As we continue to scale our engineering teams quickly at Cruise, we’ve reached a natural point in the evolution of the company’s growth where we need to explore talent pools outside of our beloved hometown. Not by bringing them to Cruise, but by bringing Cruise to them. With a thriving tech community and its proximity to our headquarters in San Francisco, CA., Seattle is a logical choice. We’re excited to join Seattle’s community and look forward to introducing Cruise to folks who are interested in the technical challenges of making self-driving cars a reality.

Smart mobility jobs in Seattle

Are you interested in improving transportation technologies to deliver cleaner, efficient, safer and more convenient solutions? Then, you should check out these job opportunities and events from some of the hottest smart mobility tech companies in Seattle area.

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ROS Seattle – March 2019

Meet other ROS users and developers. Feel free to bring your robot or robotics-related project, we love demos!

Hiring or looking for work in a robotics-related company? Have something to offer to robotics startups? We do announcements and introductions.