Verizon’s Lowell McAdam to provide keynote address at 2014 ITS World Congress

Thinking Highways
By Thinking Highways April 2, 2014 15:03

Verizon’s Lowell McAdam to provide keynote address at 2014 ITS World Congress


Verizon Communications Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Lowell McAdam will deliver a keynote address at the 2014 World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems, sharing his company’s vision for the role technology plays in the future of transportation.

“With the rapid evolution of mobile broadband networks and machine-to-machine technologies, smart cars are becoming a platform for innovation, much as smartphones are today. Our job going forward is to use these fantastic new tools to empower consumers and create greener, more efficient transportation systems that will improve living standards around the world,” said McAdam.

McAdam’s keynote is slated for Tuesday, September 9, at 8:30 a.m. in Detroit, Michigan in the Ballroom of Cobo Center. Additional speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

A telecom industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience, McAdam assumed the CEO post at Verizon Communications in August 2011 after he spent a decade in various leadership positions at Verizon Wireless.

In addition to McAdam’s keynote address, Verizon will host the ITS World Congress VIP dinner Monday evening, September 8, at Detroit’s Henry Ford Museum and is one of the anchor sponsors of the ITS World Congress.

The ITS World Congress is the world’s largest transportation technology exhibition, alternating each year between the Americas, Europe and Asia. This year, ITS America is proud to host the 21st World Congress on ITS in the birthplace of America’s auto industry, Detroit, Michigan, from September 7-11, 2014. The event brings national, regional and local officials together with global transportation innovators, business leaders, investors, researchers, and entrepreneurs from more than 65 countries, with the goal of advancing high-tech solutions to improve transportation safety, efficiency, sustainability and connectivity.

“We are thrilled to have Verizon’s Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam join us at this year’s ITS World Congress to address the transformative effect of technology on transportation safety, mobility and the environment,” said Scott Belcher, president and CEO of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), which hosts the World Congress. “We live in an increasingly connected world, with technology changing not only the way we live, work and travel but also how businesses and our nation compete in the global economy.”

This year’s ITS World Congress will feature dozens of interactive technology demonstrations including a connected and autonomous vehicle showcase on Michigan’s Belle Isle; a 300,000 square-foot Expo Hall in the Cobo Center featuring a live Traffic Management Center; and town halls on key topics including big data and vehicle automation. Among the 250 sessions will be three plenaries featuring industry leaders and dignitaries; a State DOT CEO Roundtable; a U.S. Department of Transportation Plenary; a Chief Technology Officer Summit; and 12 executive sessions focused on the latest research and technology advances from the U.S. and around the globe.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder serves as Chair and Michigan DOT Director Kirk Steudle as Vice Chair of the World Congress Honorary Committee, which includes distinguished officials from General Motors CEO Mary Barra, Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford, and Chrysler Group Chairman & CEO Sergio Marchionne to Penske Corporation Chairman Roger Penske, Quicken Loans Chairman Dan Gilbert, Compuware President & CEO Robert Paul, HNTB Infrastructure CEO Robert Slimp, and University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman.

Thinking Highways
By Thinking Highways April 2, 2014 15:03