automotiveIT Congress LondonWith the speaker lineup almost complete, the automotiveIT International Congress is set to cover topics ranging from connected retail and the role of big data analysis to open-source infotainment and other key trends in 21st century mobility.

The latest additions to the program include Maurits Aalberse, director of connected services at China-based carmaker Qoros, and Philippe Gicquel, president of open-standards infotainment association Genivi. Confirmations are expected from a senior-level BMW executive shortly and a participant from Porsche has been requested.

The speakers are joining executives from Jaguar Land Rover, Volvo Cars, Audi, Renault and Volkswagen, who will all be addressing some of the most crucial IT issues on the agenda of the global auto industry today.

The automotiveIT International Congress, which takes place July 1 and 2 in London, has as its theme "Connected Mobility 3.0 ”“ IT Moves the Auto Industry."

Audi City visit

The conference program kicks off ”“ on July 1 - with a visit to Audi City, the virtual showroom that contains many of the elements that will play a major role in increasingly connected car retailing.Later that same day, BT, the lead sponsor of the conference, hosts a cocktail reception at the top of the BT Tower in downtown London.

The full conference day, July 2, will feature presentations by  Jaguar Land Rover Group Engineering Director Wolfgang Ziebart on the latest trends in connected infotainment; Volvo Cars Vice President Thomas Mueller on new driver-assistance systems; and European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes, who will address the congress by video link from Brussels.

Two panel discussions will be among the highlights of the main conference day.A session on connected retail will hear from Renault Chief Digital Officer Patrick Hoffstetter how the French carmaker is adopting new technologies in its sales and marketing, and from VW's head of UK sales, Ian Plummer, who will give the perspective from Europe's largest car group. Chris Harris, marketing director at UK dealer group H.R. Owen, will also join the group.

Big data

Another panel discussion will look at the benefits to come from big data. Dave Bentley, general manager information systems at Toyota Motor Europe, is one of the participants in this session. Other panel members will be announced shortly.

The AutomotiveIT International Congress, which is supported by the UK's SMMT and Germany's VDA, is the first conference hosted by the automotiveIT Group outside Germany. The business publishing company, which  distributes award-winning print magazines and other news products in German and English, has for more than five years held successful industry events during the annual CeBIT high-tech fair in Hanover and at the Frankfurt and Hanover auto and truck shows.

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