FIA Smart Cities Forum in Hong Kong

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The future is coming quicker than we can imagine, and a world where drones carry out every day urban logistic operations, and driverless cars ferry people about for their daily commute will be here sooner than we think. With these advancements, I am confident that we will be able to resolve many of the urban mobility challenges that affect our city centres, chief among these, a reduction in congestion on our roads and improvements in air quality. This edition of the FIA Smart Cities Forum will be centred on “Disruptive Urban Mobility Solutions” and will take place in one of the global technological centres of the world, Hong Kong - a first for the initiative. Overlooking the iconic Victoria Harbour, the Forum will seek to shape the vision of the future of smart urban mobility, taking a look at both the ground-breaking technology disrupting traditional transport and logistics, and the visionary public-policy bringing out the best in these transformative technologies. Speakers from the Government of Hong Kong, Transport for London, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the World Economic Forum (WEF), will join panel discussions with high level private sector representatives. The day’s events will culminate in the unveiling of the second winner of the FIA Smart Cities Global Start-Up Contest, powered by global start-up incubator MassChallenge. Team garage tours and the chance to view the Formula E Shakedown will end the day. I hope you enjoy taking part in the discussions that aim to bring us one step closer to a safer, cleaner and more accessible urban mobility reality.

Jean Todt FIA President United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety



AGENDA 9 March 2019 // 10.00 - 16.00 10.00 - 10.15

OPENING CEREMONY Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO, and newly appointed Chairman, Formula E Holdings Dr. David Chung, Under-Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Government of Hong Kong Ringo Lee, President, Automobile Association of Hong Kong Andrew McKellar, Secretary General for Automobile Mobility and Tourism, FIA

10.30 - 11.00


Mobilising for Smarter Cities Dr David Chung, Under-Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Government of Hong Kong Ron Chung, Director of Engineering and Technical Services, Smart Charge (HK) Limited Dr Lawrence Poon, General Manager, Hong Kong Productivity Council and Automotive Parts and Accessory System R&D Centre Moderated by Denis Coderre, Former Mayor of Montreal

9.30 - 10.00

10.15 - 10.30

11.00 - 11.40




How are Cities Preparing for the Urban Revolution?

Automation Technologies for Cities

Dr Marija Zima, Research Team Manager of Power and Energy Systems, ABB

Rodrigo Barjas Amado, Head of Mobility Division, Global Market Development & Applied Technology, CBMM Henri Coron, Chief Business Development Officer, NAVYA Danil Kerimi, Deputy Head, Center for the 4th lndustrial Revolution, The Network for Global Technology Governance, World Economic Forum Patrick Walker, Executive General Manager, Advocacy and Members, Royal Automobile Club Australia (Inc)

Central Harbourfront Circuit, Hong Kong

14.30 - 16.00


12.00 - 12.40

13.10 - 13.30



The Power & Innovation of Formula E

A Vision for the Future





New Opportunities through Urban Logistics Michael Lin, Persuasive Electric Vehicles, MIT Iain Macbeth, Head of Foresight, Transport for London

Finalists of the Hong Kong edition Powered by MassChallenge

Fathi Tlatli, President Auto-Mobility Sector, DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation

11.40 - 12.00

12.40 - 13.10

13.30 - 14.30




Advancing Electrification in Racing Dilbagh Gill, CEO and Team Principal, Mahindra Racing Mark Preston, Team Principal, Techeetah Formula E Team

Meet a Formula E Driver Interview with a Formula E Driver

MC and Moderator: Marjorie Paillon, Journalist, France 24


Please note that access to the E-Motion Club is valid on Saturday 9 March only.

INTERVIEW WITH IAIN MACBETH Head of Foresight, Transport for London Q. Air mobility is now seen as an integral element of the overall urban mobility system. Is the future 'in the air' rather than 'on the ground'? A. We need to be clear that urban air mobility (UAM) is still in its very early days, whereas surface modes transport millions of people daily. Sure, there are certainly areas today where we can see that drones clearly add value, and there are many examples of the benefits of using drones for asset inspection. However, these tend to be in controlled areas and segregated airspace. Most delivery drone trials also tend to focus on remote and rural areas. This is due to reduced risk and a less complex operating environment, but it is also because drones offer a great way of dealing with a lack of infrastructure. In cities with existing infrastructure, there may be less value in delivery drones, even if the complexity of operation can be navigated. This doesn’t mean that UAM won’t have a role, but it is likely to be focused on use cases that have specific requirements that can best be met using a drone. For passenger mobility, the reality is that the certification and standards for UAM are still at a formative stage, and the business case is still in its infancy. In the short to medium term, it is difficult to envisage UAM being able to move large numbers of passengers in the way in which the MTR does in Hong Kong, or the Underground in London, so perhaps the question is more about how can UAM integrate with existing transportation offers. Q. Does the risk of fatal crashes increase with the deployment of air mobility solutions? A. Passenger safety is fundamental to an organisation like Transport for London, and we have similar objectives to the FIA in terms of a 'Vision Zero' philosophy. Clearly, there are very high standards of safety associated with commercial aviation, and our expectation is that the deployment of UAM should not diminish the hard-learnt lessons that have made air travel as safe as it is today. We would expect national and local authorities to work very closely to ensure this is the case, not just to safeguard passengers, but those on the ground as well. Q. What is the key factor to ensure consumer acceptance of the air mobility dimension? A. Transparency and engagement will be absolutely key. Most people have yet to experience a drone first hand, and there are clearly concerns relating to safety, security, privacy and environmental impact, all of which need to be debated. Whilst we can envisage beneficial use cases, we can equally foresee negative aspects, whether that be for delivery drones or larger eVTOL concepts. We already know that noise and air quality are key issues in an urban environment, and the UAM industry will need to demonstrate these issues are being addressed to ensure public acceptability. We also recognise that UAM resets the relationship between aviation and the city – no longer is it a relatively binary relationship between surface access and the airport. In the future, UAM potentially raises the prospect of the whole city being a touch point for air mobility, not just one location. We would suggest that in this scenario, it becomes even more important that the city has a voice in the regulation of urban air mobility, not just traditional national aviation bodies.

Q. What kind of infrastructure solutions should cities scale up to ensure human-machine cohabitation within the transport system? A. There are three key challenges to consider. First is energy infrastructure to ensure that the competing demands for E-Mobility and Smart Cities is addressed, and particularly the resilience of the grid. Secondly, digital infrastructure and connectivity are absolutely vital to ensure that all these elements can integrate and operate efficiently – for example, the roll out of 5G cellular networks, which is both a physical and digital infrastructure construct. And lastly, but no less important, is the need for cities to ensure their planning tools and regulations are equipped to deal with rapidly evolving challenges.

Iain MACBETH Head of Foresight, Transport for London Iain is Head of Foresight for the Transport Innovation Directorate at Transport for London (TfL). He is responsible for updating the TfL Executive Committee on emerging trends and future mobility, developments in the automotive sector and new technology. Iain leads TfL activity on Urban Air Mobility and drones, and manages TfL’s strategic relationships with the automotive sector, covering safety, powertrain, new business models, and autonomous vehicles. He works with a number of European and International organisations such as POLIS, the OECD and ERTICO, and was a member of the jury for the “Research Contest on Future Mobility in Cities”, held to mark Italdesign’s 50th Anniversary in 2018. Prior to joining TfL, Iain worked for the logistics company DHL and the pharmacy chain Boots, as well as a number of transport planning consultancies.

INTERVIEW WITH MARK PRESTON Team Principal, Techeetah Formula E Team Q. You strongly believe that the future is driven by new mobility concepts such as 'Mobility as a Service'. What is the role of technologies in delivering this shift? A. The digitisation of the world through the use of smartphones has disrupted many industries over the last decade and transport is the latest and arguably the oldest sector to be disrupted. With companies like Uber, Lyft and Didi with market capitalisations exceeding the incumbent car companies, it is obvious that their incredible growth and acceptance is driving a shift towards 'Mobility as a Service'. Connected, Autonomous, Shared and Electric (CASE) describes the areas of technology that are being developed at an accelerating pace and feeding in technology to this change with Formula E, and Roborace providing showcases for the technology required to make these changes. Q. At MobOx Living Laboratory in Oxford, you focus on how to assess, validate and prove the business cases of a variety of innovative transport solutions. Can you list a few most successful examples? A. The inspiration for creating a Living Laboratory in Oxford came from my first visit to Silicon Valley. IÂ went to San Francisco to see how the tech industry saw the coming disruption in transportation differently to growing up around the incumbent automotive players. It was fascinating to see how welcoming the city was to new innovation, how open everyone was to change and supporting innovation. We created MobOx in Oxford to support the change and to allow quick access to the city and its services. The Oxford County Council is heavily involved and has used the research done by MobOx to accelerate understanding around public-private partnerships and to engage more fully with start-ups and local transport suppliers. Q. How does the Formula E platform help to identify future opportunities for development of truly sustainable and integrated transport systems? A. With 65% of the world's population predicted to live in cities by 2040 and with the lion's share of GDP spent in megacities, the future of transportation will be developed and rolled out in these cities. Formula E provides a platform to showcase technology in the form of electric powertrains and, in the near future, extending this to full sustainable electric eco-system that will define the future of transport in urban landscapes. Electric vehicles (EVs) are zero emission at point of use, meaning that we can play a large part in cleaning the air in cities, but we also need to lead the way in greening the electricity grid in countries. Q. What are the key disruptions in the Smart City ecosystem? A. Electric powertrains are finding their way into every corner of Smart Cities. One of the most fascinating things for me is watching the market search for product market fit on the form factor of urban vehicles for the future. Currently, we see a huge amount of movement in the micro-mobility sector with electric scooters proliferating at a great rate around the world. Dockless bikes, EVs, buses and other modes are being experimented with. Safer bike lanes, bike super highways, and autonomous vehicles of many different types are up running all over the world. I think all these areas are going to have profound effects on how we see the Smart City ecosystem in the future, and this is only the transportation sector.

Mark PRESTON Team Principal, Techeetah Formula E Team Mark Preston went from a degree in Mechanical Engineering and working for General Motors Holden (GM) and Spectrum Racing Cars (Formula Ford) in Australia, to obtaining key roles in both the Arrows Grand Prix (F1) and McLaren F1 teams, and then creating the Super Aguri F1 team with Honda in just 100 days. Mark’s latest motor sport achievement is delivering the ABB FIA Formula E World Driver’s Championship as Team Principal with Jean-Eric Vergne and the TECHEETAH Formula E Team, as the only customer team in the championship no less! As one of the founding Team Principals of Formula E, and Chief Strategist and Founder of the StreetDrone autonomous car company, Mark continues to keep a watching eye on the future of Connectivity, Autonomy, Sharing and Electrification (CASE) in the fast changing automotive/mobility/transportation industry.

INTERVIEW WITH PATRICK WALKER Executive General Manager Advocacy and Members, Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia (Inc) Q. The Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia (RAC) recently piloted an autonomous bus trial in Australia. What are the three main lessons that you have learnt and that you will be presenting at the FIA Smart Cities Forum? A. Operating Australia’s first driverless vehicle trial on public roads for almost two and a half years has given rich insights into a future with automated vehicles (AVs). Clear objectives are key to success and a foremost aim of RAC’s trial is to involve and open a dialogue with the community while the technology remains in development. A simple but critical lesson is that rigorous, data-generating public trials are crucial in providing real-life lessons and, by extension, should be actively facilitated. A more personal reflection is that strong private and public partnerships built on mutual trust and collaboration are absolutely vital when embarking on trials and planning for the future. Q. Are Australian cities ready to embrace automation? In the case of Western Australia (WA), I believe the ingredients are all there including, most importantly, a supportive government and an engaged community. How we move around is rapidly evolving and being able to test emerging vehicle technologies will help us adapt to these changes in the safest way possible. It goes well beyond an ‘interest’ in technology, the true value is in reducing the vast majority of road deaths and serious injuries caused by human error, so if we can help WA and Australia safely transition to driverless vehicles sooner, hundreds of Australian lives could be saved – both in cities and in regional areas. Q. In your experience, is the legislative framework ready for innovation in urban mobility? A. Like most jurisdictions worldwide, existing Australian policies and regulations do not adequately consider the use of AVs, and in some cases even scooters, on public roads. While there is more to do to clear legislative blocks and introduce safety frameworks, everything points to Australia’s roadmap as being one of the most innovative and advanced, which aims to allow additional automated vehicles to operate safely and legally on roads before 2020. Establishing the right insurance framework – both public and private remains a challenge. Similarly, we must deal with requirements placed on vehicles imported into the Australian market by Australian Design Standards, which won’t move as quickly as the technology.

Patrick WALKER Executive General Manager Advocacy and Members, Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia (Inc) (RAC)

Patrick Walker commenced his current position as Executive General Manager, Advocacy and Members at the RAC in July 2011. Immediately prior to this, he was the Director General, Department of Indigenous Affairs, from 2008. Patrick was a Commissioner at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Commissioner for Consumer Protection and Prices Commissioner in Western Australia for 10 years and during this period he was also a member of the Legal Aid Commission of Western Australia, the Medical Board of Western Australia, a Trustee of the national Travel Compensation Fund and Chairman of Workpower Incorporated, which provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Patrick has also had extensive management experience in local government, with his most recent position being Chief Executive Officer at the City of Subiaco (1993 to 1998). During this time, he was elected as State President and as a National Director of the Local Government Managers’ Association.

INTERVIEW WITH FATHI TLATLI President Global Auto-Mobility Sector, DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation Q. Do you see opportunities arising from cooperation between the automotive and technology industries? Increasingly, consumers demand products that fit into their lives better – and sometimes in radically different ways. Wealthier customers, for example, want improved connectivity. Younger consumers especially are used to ubiquitous internet access. In response, car makers are working with technology companies to make these services available for use on the move. Technology analyst Gartner predicts that automotive 'infotainment' technologies will become the second largest consumer application of Internet of Things technologies after personal health and fitness tracking. Wireless network technologies are rapidly trickling down from high-end luxury vehicles to the mass market, and Gartner estimates that one in five vehicles will possess such technologies by 2020. Q. New Electrified vehicles are part of the OEMs new product range. How does that impact the entire automotive value chain and its logistics? What is important when transporting lithium batteries for hybrid and electric vehicle drives? A. The pace of vehicle electrification has picked up considerably in the past couple of years, triggered by the emissions scandal and now driven by technical improvement in lithium-ion batteries, government support for more stringent CO2 targets – particularly across Europe, China and Japan – and a changing consumer mindset. As battery production and demand increase, OEMs need specialist logistics solutions not only for inbound‑to-manufacturing flows but also for aftermarket (routine replacement of used batteries) and end‑of‑life management (battery recycling, repurposing and disposal). Even for smaller electric vehicles, a battery might weigh in at 100-200 kg. For larger passenger cars and commercial vehicles, 300 kg or more is the norm. Not surprisingly, transporting such large and heavy batteries calls for some fairly specialised handling equipment. Lithium is highly flammable and strict regulations govern the shipment of Lithium‑Ion batteries, which are categorised as Class 9 Dangerous Goods (DG) under international transport regulations. As an example, the transport of large batteries on passenger aircraft is largely forbidden. In addition to these transportation challenges, lithium batteries have specific handling and temperature-control requirements to preserve battery life. Last but not least, the issue of used battery collection, disposal and recycling is expected to become more important and more challenging as electric vehicle sales grow. As a result, OEMs who want to push the development and worldwide sale of electrified powertrains will have to adapt their supply chains to include cradle-to-grave solutions for lithium batteries.

Q. How does digitisation help logistics adapt to the increasing speed and complexity of the global automotive industry? A. While automotive manufacturing is getting more complex and automated, distribution channels are evolving to reach new markets and consumer expectations. This puts a lot of pressure on supply chains that must adapt and reinvent themselves in order to keep up. Digital technologies are important tools for this purpose. Thanks to IoT technologies we are capable to gather a lot of data through our extensive network of vehicles and transportation. It helps us provide more visibility and optimisation opportunities with the support of new IT tools and software.

Fathi TLATLI President Global Auto-Mobility Sector, DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation Fathi Tlatli has been with DHL for more than 15 years starting in 2004 as Vice President for the EMEA Engineering & Manufacturing Sector, then receiving additional responsibility for the Global Aerospace Sector in 2007. In 2009, he moved to his current role as President of DHL’s Global AutoMobility Sector now responsible for the strategy, development and the global customer management program for DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation. Fathi is holder of an MBA in International Management (University of Leuven) and a Bachelor Degree in Applied Economic Sciences (University of Louvain). In addition, he has diplomas in Integrated Supply Chain Management (University of Stanford) and International General Management (IMD). Fathi is the author of books on Time Management and Marketing in Emerging Markets, as well as articles in the international management field. Fathi is also a professor at the ICHEC Brussels Management School.



Dr David CHUNG


Head of Mobility Division, Global Market Development & Applied Technology, CBMM

Under-Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Government of Hong Kong

Director of Engineering and Technical Services, Smart Charge (HK) Limited

Rodrigo is Head of Mobility Division at CBMM, a leading international materials technology company based in Brazil, providing Niobium technologies to the automotive, structural and energy sectors. He has led global innovation, sustainability and safety programmes – and also established and leads the CBMM - Formula E partnership.

Dr Chung has nearly 30 years of experience in information technology (IT) strategic management and entrepreneurship development, and worked in several IT firms. He joined Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited in March 2004 and was responsible for taking forward Cyberport's IT infrastructure and incubation. He was Chief Technology Officer when he left Cyberport in February 2016.

Ron Chung is the Director of Engineering and Technical Services for Smart Charge (HK) Limited. He is an engineer by training and has over 27 years of experience in the gas and power industry.

Public service positions held by Dr Chung include Council Member of the Hong Kong Computer Society, Convenor of the IT Expert Advisory Group of the Consumer Council, and Member of the Hong Kong/ Guangdong Expert Committee on Cloud Computing Services and Standards.

Ron also has an environmental and sustainability background and is an advocate for clean transportation and energy efficiency. He has worked with the Climate Change Business Forum (CCBF) in Hong Kong and is currently a steering committee member of the Advisory Group for Transport & Logistics under the Business Environment Council (BEC). He is also currently the Chair of the Sustainable Development Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.

He has extensive experience in directing multidisciplinary teams and complex marketing, sales and business development processes. He also has proven abilities in building ecosystems in mobility and materials technology, conducting global negotiations and undertaking strategic business planning. Rodrigo holds a Bachelor’s degree in production engineering from IMT (Instituto Mauá) with an MBA from GV (Getulio Vargas - SP) and completed the Executive Program (PMD) at IESE. He is fluent in English and Portuguese and has intermediate skills in German and Chinese.

He was a lead member of CLP Power’s special electric vehicle project team in 2009 which brought about the first wave of electric vehicles and public charging stations in Hong Kong.


Dilbagh GILL


Chief Business Development Officer, NAVYA

Team Principal, Mahindra Racing

Deputy Head, Centre for the 4th Industrial Revolution, The Network for Global Technology Governance, World Economic Forum

Henri Coron is responsible for NAVYA’s vehicle sales worldwide with a specific focus on the Oceania and Asia markets. Henri launched his career at Infogrames/Atari with different executive positions, ranging from Regional Manager to Commercial Director for the United Kingdom. His career as a digital and automotive entrepreneur is highlighted by his role as Managing and Sales Director for Electronic Arts (maker of FIFA video games), a subsidiary he was responsible for setting up in France. Prior to EA, Henri developed an online advertising platform that he later sold to the Lagardère Group. His early years as an entrepreneur were spent establishing Infonie, an early entrant to Francis ISP space, later to be sold to BelgaCom. A father of three children, Henri graduated from the ESAE International school of Business with a Master in Business and Distribution in 1986.

Dilbagh Gill is CEO and Team Principal of the Mahindra Racing team and was appointed ahead of its inaugural season in 2014/15. Mahindra Racing is one of ten founding teams – and the only Indian team – to compete in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. Dilbagh has built his team from the ground up which has led to multiple race victories and podiums.

Danil has been working on global, multi-stakeholder cooperation to develop policy frameworks and advance collaborations that accelerate the benefits of science and technology. Danil led the technology industries, Future of the Internet Initiative and worked on the geopolitical and regional agenda at the World Economic Forum. Prior to joining the World Economic Forum, Danil held various positions at the United Nations, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and in the private sector. He is a graduate of Shandong University, Vienna Diplomatic Academy and is a graduate of the Global Leadership Fellowship of the World Economic Forum.

With more than two decades of experience working in technology and business development, and a Tech Mahindra family member for over 10 years, Dilbagh developed unique sporting technology practices that led him to working on high-profile programmes including Project Manager of FIFA World Cup and A1GP ahead of his work with Mahindra Racing.

Michael LIN

Dr Lawrence POON

Dr Marija ZIMA

Persuasive Electric Vehicles, MIT

General Manager, Hong Kong Productivity Council and Automotive Parts and Accessory System R&D Centre

Research Team Manager of Power and Energy Systems, ABB

Michael Lin is a Ph.D. candidate in the MIT Media Lab's City Science group. He is also the research lead for mobility projects with a focus on mobility on demand, autonomous vehicles, and new mobility modes. In this role, he manages a team of experts and scientists.

Dr. Poon is the General Manager of Hong Kong Productivity Council and Automotive Parts and Accessory Systems R&D Centre. Dr Poon took lead of a team of professional Engineers and Researchers with rich experience in EV and autonomous technology development. The most representative R&D results include a series of pure electric and hybrid-electric commercial vehicles, EV chargers, active safety systems and big data analytic platform for automobiles.

In her current role, Marija leads a team of scientists, contributes to technology development, provides strategic technical consulting to ABB technology management, and supports business development. She began her career at ABB as Research Scientist and Project Manager in 2010. Prior to her roles at ABB and ETHZ, she worked for Latvian utility company Latvenergo, where she was with the strategy and long-term transmission and distribution planning department as an electrical engineer.

Michael's research includes Urban Planning, Autonomous Mobility, Artificial Intelligence, and Smart Mobility Infrastructure. He is the inventor of the MIT Persuasive Electric Vehicle (PEV); a shared-use, lightweight autonomous vehicle that aims to solve last-mile transport and freight logistics in dense urban areas. In addition, Michael has received two masters degrees from MIT. Michael’s other inventions include the RoboScooter, a lightweight electric folding scooter designed as a clean, green mobility solution, and GreenWheel, an electrical propulsion system which integrates a lithium-ion battery pack with a DC motor which can be attached to existing bicycles.

Dr Poon is also serving as Hon. Secretary of SAE HK and Section-Chair of the HK Bio- & Eco- Energy Industry Association and Fellow of Green Strategy Association. He has been appointed as Technical Expert by the HK Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Quality since 2015.

She is a member of CIGRE and Swiss representative of the Cigre Study committee “System Operations and Control”, she serves on the Board of the Swiss Association for Energy and Network Research, and publishes in IEEE, Elsevier journals and lectures at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich.



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