The Newly Formed Connected Car Council Announces Inaugural Members

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Industry Experts Join Council to Discuss, Guide and Advance the Connected Car

The Connected Car Council will serve the purpose of converting the complexities of the connected car dialogue into action for various stakeholders

Automotive technology expert and co-founder of the Connected Car Conference (C3) Doug Newcomb today announced the formation of the Connect Car Council and its inaugural members. The Council is comprised of thought leaders on the cutting edge of the connected car space from the automotive and technology industries as well as experts on public policy and communications. The Connected Car Council will serve the purpose of converting the complexities of the connected car dialogue into action for various stakeholders. The Council will also guide development of the content and programming for future C3 events.

Initially, the Council will focus on five key issues facing the Connected Car:

  •     Driver Distraction
  •     Big Data Collection
  •     The Networked Car
  •     Infotainment Platforms
  •     Privacy and Security

The Council will establish positions and provide guidance on these issues to help create actionable solutions for various parties – automakers, technology suppliers, policymakers, media and others – within the rapidly evolving connected car space.

The work of the Council will be curated by Doug Newcomb, utilizing his nearly three decades of experience as an automotive and technology journalist to guide stakeholders from multiple industries through the complex world of the connected car. “The Connected Car Council will not only help guide the content and direction of C3 events, but also provide expert information, research and opinion that cuts through the clutter and provides clarity to this fast paced and crucial part of the automotive and technology industry,” said Newcomb.

Members of the Connected Car Council include:
Gloria Bergquist, Vice President, Public Affairs, Auto Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
Derek Kuhn, VP, Sales and Marketing, QNX Software Systems
Andreas Mai, Director, Smart Connected Vehicles, Cisco
Chris Barker, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Waggener Edstrom
Niall Berkery, Executive Director, Business Development, Telenav
Joel Hoffmann, Automotive Strategist, Intel
John Absmeier, Director, Delphi Labs @ Silicon Valley and Global Automated Driving Business Development
Danny Shapiro, Senior Director of Automotive, NVIDIA
John Suh, Managing Director, Hyundai Ventures

Learn more about the Connected Car Council at

Learn more about the Connected Car Conference (C3) at CE Week and register at

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About The Connected Car Conference
The second-annual Connected Car Conference (C3) at CE Week brings together leaders from automotive, technology, regulatory agencies, research and media for the purpose of converting the complexities of the connected car dialogue into action that benefits all stakeholders, and ultimately car buyers.

This half-day program will take place during one of the consumer electronics industry’s biggest events, which draws over 3,000 attendees to the media capital of the world. Coproduced by noted connected car expert and writer Doug Newcomb, C3 drives the conversation on the connected car and creates actionable solutions for the automotive and technology industries, as well as informs the media and regulatory bodies on the profound changes technology is causing in vehicles.

About Doug Newcomb
With over 25 years of experience, Doug Newcomb is a recognized expert on the subject of car technology within the auto industry and among the automotive and general media, and a frequent speaker at automotive and consumer electronics industry events. In 2005 Doug started his own company, Newcomb Communications & Consulting to provide content to such outlets as, Road & Track, Popular Mechanics, MSN Autos, and many others. In 2008, he published his first book, Car Audio for Dummies (Wiley) and joined as Senior Editor to create a new Technology section for the website that continues to educate consumers and supply them with information while shopping for cars. He is a contributor to Automobile Magazine,, MSN Autos, PCMag/NextCar and writes about car technology for numerous other outlets.

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