Program 2019

Mobility Challenge

CoMotion LA 2019 | Leadership Conference

  • from 10am
  • to 5pm

LA New Mobility Challenge

By invitation only - contact us for more details.

  • from 7:30

Registration & Information

  • from 9
  • to 9:05am

Welcome Remarks from John Rossant

  • John Rossant, Founder & Chief Curator, CoMotion

  • from 9:05
  • to 9:15pm

Welcome to Los Angeles from Mayor Eric Garcetti

  • Eric Garcetti, Mayor, Los Angeles

  • from 9:15
  • to 9:20am

Remarks from Matt Petersen

  • Matt Petersen, President & CEO, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator

  • from 9:20
  • to 10:10am

Opening Panel: Can Cities and their Disruptors be Friends?

We are experiencing a power struggle in cities – the municipal leaders are pushing back on disruptive mobility providers, insisting that they control the terms. Can the public and private sectors work together in the new mobility revolution? What do cities have to gain from embracing new innovations in transport? What are the respective responsibilities, and are these changing?

  • from 10:10
  • to 11am

Main Stage Panel - On Everyone’s Mind: Data Standards, Ownership and Privacy

The sheer amount of data produced by mobility services and transit agencies can help us plan much better transportation solutions. Shared and standardized data flow can help create multimodal systems and facilitate mobility-as-a-service. What role should cities and public agencies themselves play in creating new standards and APIs? How should data be regulated, and by whom?

  • from 11
  • to 11:30am

Networking Break

  • from 11.30
  • to 12.10pm

Panel: The Macro Impact of MicroMobility

Parallel Session

The rapid adoption of micromobility modes in cities worldwide has made strides in addressing the first/last mile problem and is shrinking the physical footprint of urban transport. While these smaller, electric options make better use of limited city space, the relationship between private operators and city governments has been challenging for both sides. How can we foster a more productive path forward that protects public good and enhances private business as micromobility expands further?

  • from 11:30
  • to 12pm

Keynote Conversation: The Renewable Revolution - Hydrogen-Powered Transport

  • from 12
  • to 12:40pm

Panel: How Green is my Transport?

Walking, cycling, and electric vehicles of all shapes and sizes herald a decisive shift away from fossil fuels and their pollution. How should we prioritize these modes, what policies should we draft to promote them, and how do we deploy new infrastructure and services to support them? Where are the biggest gains to be made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and how do we make them equitable?

  • from 12.10
  • to 12.40pm

Keynote Conversation: Robot meets the Road: Street Design in the Autonomous Age

Vehicles and infrastructure are becoming increasingly connected, bolstered by the advent of 5G and new sensor systems. What physical aspects will make up the street of the future? What services can we expect our streets to provide? What is the role of the public sector in setting standards? How will this help pave the way to autonomy?

  • from 12:40
  • to 1:20pm


  • from 1:20
  • to 1:40pm

Transition Through the New Mobility Corridor

  • from 1:40
  • to 3:00pm


  • from 2:00
  • to 3:00pm

Breakout Panel: New Mobility - Location, Location, Location?

The way people move, work and play is changing rapidly. How will the intersection of new mobility, changing work patterns and the energy revolution unfold on our cities? How will these forces shape real estate developments? What is the role of regulators in improving the urban texture of our cities?

  • from 3:00
  • to 3:30pm

Networking Break

  • from 3:30
  • to 4:00pm

Keynote Conversation: Taking to the Skies -The Future of Urban Air Mobility

Polycentric cities like LA are now looking to the skies as a new way of sustainably moving people and goods. What is the potential of urban air mobility? What is the role of the public sector in paving the way for UAVs and in regulating the space? When will UAM be a reality, and what will this look like?

  • from 4:00
  • to 4:50pm

Panel: From Competing to Complementing - Mobility as a Service

The last few years have seen a wave of new mobility solutions from ridesharing to electric scooters, from carpooling to shared bike systems. Yet they are rarely integrated. They often compete with public transit offers rather than complementing them. How can these various solutions be integrated to allow transit users a seamless experience? What does tomorrow’s mobility platform look like? And what can cities do to prevent the integration of incompatible “walled gardens” controlled by private operators?

  • from 4:50
  • to 5:45pm

Panel: The Walkable City

Pedestrianization of streets is becoming more popular by the minute with major cities around the world closing streets to cars. Walkable cities provide a high quality of life for their residents while prioritizing environmental sustainability and public health but increased foot traffic can also boost economic success for nearby businesses and improve safety. How are cities prioritizing walkability through policy and infrastructure changes and how do these changes affect a city's transportation system as a whole? How do walkability and economic success correlate?

  • from 6:00
  • to 8:00pm

Cocktail Reception

  • from 9:00
  • to 9:15am

Keynote: Inspiring Movement Through Design

  • from 9:15
  • to 10:05am

Panel: The Power of our Streets: Electrification and Energy Alternatives

Cities, transit agencies and operators, as well as mobility providers, must shift their fleets to clean energy, whether electric or hydrogen, to ensure significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. How can we ensure a swift transition to clean energy? What solutions exist? Is the infrastructure ready? What incentives need to be put in place? What role must the public sector play in this transition?

  • from 10:05
  • to 10:50am

Panel: Financing the Future: New Funding Models for Transit Agencies

On-demand mobility, micro-transit schemes and autonomous solutions have the potential to offer equitable transit solutions to low density urban and peri-urban areas. But is there a business model behind these schemes, and are they financially viable?

  • from 10:50
  • to 11:15am

Networking Break

  • from 11:15
  • to 11:25am

Keynote: Spotlight on Los Angeles with Phil Washington, CEO, LA Metro

  • from 11:25
  • to 12:10pm

Panel: The Cost of Street Space: Congestion, Curb & Lane Pricing

Our cities are increasingly congested as the number of single occupancy vehicles on our roads continues to rise, and as new mobility services contend for street space and curb access. How can the public and private sectors ensure our cities remain livable and that space is shared appropriately? How can tools such as congestion charges and curb pricing aid cities in this?

  • from 11:25
  • to 12:05pm

Panel: Filling in the Gaps: Shared Mobility and Transport Integration

Shared mobility options are becoming increasingly important factors in our cities' transportation systems. Private operators are expanding their scope, size, and services provided, reducing the need to own a private vehicle, and filling in the gaps where other modes are less accessible or attractive to urban dwellers. What does it take to improve on-demand operations to integrate seamlessly into public transport, walking, and biking trips, and how can our government agencies evolve to derive maximum benefits from shared mobility options?

  • from 12:05
  • to 12:45pm

Panel: Data is the answer. What is the question?

Cities and companies alike are scrambling to control the vast troves of data created from public infrastructure, pitting fluent technologists against committed public servants. How can we defuse this tension, demystifying the use of individual data and making its collection more transparent and equitable? What rights do cities have to data created from the public realm? How can governments, citizens, and private companies work together to shape the use of and access to data?

  • from 12:10
  • to 12:40pm

Keynote Conversation: Who will be the Next Henry Ford?

  • from 12:40
  • to 1:20pm


  • from 1:20
  • to 1:40pm

Transition Through the New Mobility Corridor

  • from 1:40
  • to 3:00pm


  • from 2:00
  • to 3:00pm

Breakout Panel: Supplying our Cities - Freight and the Urban Supply Chain

Freight and deliveries account for a significant part of road traffic. How can new services and technologies, from sustainable delivery fleets to drones & new delivery patterns take vehicles off the road? How should cities regulate a new generation of delivery-bots using sidewalks and cycling lanes? And what can cities do to create a level playing field for last mile delivery by local businesses?

  • from 3:00
  • to 3:30pm

Networking Break

  • from 3:30
  • to 4:00pm

Keynote Conversation: Moving the Masses - The Future of Rail, Hyperloop & Intercity Travel

Trains remain one of the most high-volume and efficient ways of moving people and goods through urban areas and across large distances. What is the future of the industry? Are new technologies such as hyperloops rendering large rail infrastructure projects obsolete? What role can these services play in connecting urban areas, and what are the limitations?

  • from 4:00
  • to 4:45pm

Panel: The Age of Automation

Autonomy isn’t just for cars. What are the advantages and opportunities for autonomous buses and other new forms of transit — speed, efficiency, safety? How can cities harness this technology for their own ends? What infrastructure is necessary to maximize their investment? And how can they leverage their unique position as regulators and help design the urban transportation systems of the future?

  • from 4:45
  • to 5:30pm

Panel: Equitable Transport

Inclusive and equitable transport systems can foster equitable cities. They require broad coverage, accessibility, and fair pricing in order to unlock and sustain real value for a city and its diversity of residents. How can policies like congestion pricing, transit line expansion, access for people with reduced mobility, and income-driven fares adapt our systems to better serve all residents, particularly those that have been historically underserved? What are the major challenges that exist?

  • from 5:30
  • to 7:30pm

Closing Celebration and Drink Reception