Driving the Future - Automotive Tour San Francisco

15 Oct till 20 Oct 2017
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Eager to experience from the front-row seats which technologies and organizations will drive the future of mobility? Join us on a unique Innovation Tour in Silicon Valley to see how transporting people and goods from A to B is changing forever.

This tour is unfortunately over but check the Future of Mobility Tour for 2018

At this moment in time, most new cars have sensors integrated. The fully autonomous car will take this one step further and interpret the driving scene with a 360-degree awareness. New maps which will be much more accurate than current GPS and will allow cars to drive safely under all circumstances. Artificial Intelligence and deep learning will be used to leverage this information for safer driving.

But the future of mobility will not only be shaped through autonomous driving. The fast-growing Sharing Economy (or Peer-2-Peer Economy) might have an even greater impact as we are quickly moving from a “Transportation as an asset” model to Transportation-As-A-Service. TaaS may take a variety of forms in the future, offering more consumer choices and business opportunities such as ride-hailing, on-demand delivery services, car sharing, bike sharing, and new public transport services.

On top of that, consumers keep changing and their behaviour forces all companies to implement an extreme customer-centric approach. The shifting landscape of suppliers, manufacturing, and retail in the automotive business requires every single company to put the customer at the heart of their organization in such a way that it affects company culture, management, processes, partnerships and even the way logistics are handled.

We’re living in very exciting times. Times that will be different for all of us. Whether you’re a manufacturer, an insurance company, a bank, an employer or just a driver. It might become something your kids or grandkids will find very surreal.  

Join us on an inspirational week to look at the Day After Tomorrow of Mobility in the rich ecosystem of San Francisco, still the most legendary epicentre of technology and innovation in the world. 

This tour is organized with the enthusiasm of Carya Group.


DAY 1 October 15

Arrival in San Francisco.

We bring you to the hotel and share the first practicalities for the week. 

Introduction into the "Day After Tomorrow" by Rik Vera. 

Welcome dinner. 

DAY 2 October 16


Shared mobility

Companies like Uber and Lyft are the ones who revolutionized the transportation industry with their peer-to-peer business model. The impact it had, spread like a virus. It challenged incumbents, governments and even the average family brunch conversation.

But there is more. Instead of only sharing your car with other people, why not actually sharing the car itself? Turo is lesser known in Europe but thé largest peer-to-peer car rental platform in the US and Canada, representing a community of more than 2 million owners / travellers.  

Thirdly, once we share cars, optimize its use, why not look into sharing the ideal routing? It’s exactly the reason why you see Chariot’s vans popping up everywhere on the roads in San Francisco.

Autonomous Driving

Opinions vary whether the self-driving car will know its breakthrough within one, three or five years. Fact is, we’re close. Waymo is refining its technology on the road with two million miles on public roads already. The car drives more than 8000 km without touching anything at all.

Note that we're fully in the process of finalizing these visits so please consult this as preliminary program.

DAY 3 October 17



There is no more stopping the change that is happening right now in the car market. Under the impulse of Tesla and the pressure from governments, almost every car manufacturer has announced to start producing electric cars before or around 2020. 

No wonder we are interested in how the future of mobility will look like when electric cars take over. The impact on the industry will be massive and many business will have to change in order to cope.

DAY 4 October 18


Customer Centricity

The autonomous revolution is as significant as the electrification one in the past. People might not own, drive or finance cars anymore. So the question emerges: who is the new car customer? What does this mean for car designers? How can they make a car appealing again for the new generations to come? Which functions does it serve? Why and when will people use which car? 

Recharge yourself by discovering San Francisco

Inspiration is intense so we’ll pause the rollercoaster with an enlightening activity. Enjoy what San Francisco has to offer beyond innovation and technology.

Note that we're fully in the process of finalizing these visits so please consult this as preliminary program.

DAY 5 October 19


The autonomous world is shaking up things quite heavily and has an impact on many underlying sectors. Let’s see how incumbents like BMW prepare itself for the future. Let’s ask venture capitalists how and why they invest. Let’s ask the world’s most smartest people in Berkeley or Stanford which rocks will move. And how did a company like Lyft advance in a world where no policies existed?

Note that we're fully in the process of finalizing these visits so please consult this as preliminary program.

DAY 5 October 20

Cool Down

Final visits and Conclusion. 


Our speakers

Rik Vera By Sarah Oyserman 2 Web 72Dpi
Rik Vera
Rik is a renowned thought-leader, worldwide keynote speaker, acclaimed author and trusted advisor on the topics of extreme customer-centricity, disruption, business model change, sales, marketing and making companies ready for the Day After...
Julie Vens - De Vos
Julie Vens - De Vos
Julie coordinates the nexxworks Innovation Tours. As a natural communicator with 5 years of experience in a corporate FMCG environment, she fully understands how customers are the true foundation of our companies. She writes about our tour...
from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)
to San Francisco Intl. (SFO)
Sunday October 15
from 09:50 till 11:45
from San Francisco Intl. (SFO)
to Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)
Friday October 20
from 16:45 till 12:05

The Fairmont

950 Mason St
San Francisco, CA 94108

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