Lyft’s John Zimmer To Keynote 2015 LA Auto Show

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Ever wanted to hear from the brain behind one of the most popular ridesharing companies? Connected Car Expo® (CCE) announced that Lyft, Inc. Co-Founder and President John Zimmer will keynote the November 17 auto-tech conference and exhibition held at JW Marriott at L.A. Live.  CCE is part of the LA Auto Show’s Press & Trade Days at the L.A. Convention Center (Nov 18 & 19), where more than 50 vehicles will be unveiled to an expected 25,000 auto industry executives, including 4,500 media from around the world.

John Zimmer founded Lyft, Inc. with Logan Green in 2012 and the ridesharing platform has quickly become one of today’s fastest-growing tech companies with more than $1 billion raised from leading investors.  Lyft operates in 65 cities across the United States with more than 100,000 drivers on its platform.  In August 2014, Lyft introduced Lyft Line, a ridesharing product that utilizes its existing driver network to transport passengers going the same direction at the same time.

Zimmer was named in Forbes’ “30 Under 30: Technology” list, and both he and Green were named in Inc. Magazine’s “35 Under 35” list.  Zimmer is recognized as a pioneer and one of the foremost experts of the “on-demand” economy as Lyft has emerged as the leading rideshare company affecting positive change in the transportation business.  During the keynote, Zimmer will discuss his vision for a future with less traffic congestion and ultimately how the face of transportation will be changed around the world.

The Lyft keynote will kick off an entire day of discussions, presentations, news conferences and exhibits from some of the top companies in the auto-tech space.  More than 25 speakers will outline their visions for the dramatic changes the auto industry faces.

Highlights include:

  • Chris Valasek, director of vehicle security research, IOActive, to provide a deep dive into his Jeep hack that resulted in the world’s first automotive cybersecurity recall of 1.4 million vehicles.
  • David Strickland, partner at Venable LLC and former Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; Karl Heimer, founding partner of Autoimmune and Special Adviser for Cyber Security to the State of Michigan; and Andrew Weimerskirch, associate research scientist at the University of Michigan Transportation Institute, to discuss problems and solutions surrounding auto cyber security.
  • Henry Newton-Dunn, Design Manager, Google, to discuss Android Auto from the inside out.
  • Ned Curic, Chief Technology Officer, Toyota Motor Sales; Nick Sugimoto, Senior Program Director, Honda Silicon Valley Lab; and Dr. Frankie James, Managing Director of General Motors’ Advanced Technology Silicon Valley Office, to discuss how automotive OEMs are tapping into west coast technology.
  • RJ Mical Director of Games, Google; Larry Rosin, President, Edison Research; and Eric Migicovsky, Founder, Pebble, to explain how consumer electronics are reshaping vehicle interiors.
  • Prof. Thomas Form, Electronics & Vehicle Research, Volkswagen and Brian Droessler, VP of Software & Connected Solutions, Continental to discuss the long and winding road to autonomous vehicles.

“As technology disrupts the auto industry, much like it changed the rules for the music and film industries, it’s critical to learn from key innovators like Lyft’s John Zimmer,” said Lisa Kaz, President and CEO of the Los Angeles Auto Show and Connected Car Expo. “The future direction of the auto industry is being determined by a multitude of players and the LA Auto Show’s Connected Car Expo brings this new ecosystem together to responsibly map the road ahead.”

In the coming months, CCE will be releasing additional information on more panels and participating speakers. For a full list of panel topics and speakers please visit

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