Join conversations between industry-leading experts and Transport Topics reporters centered on the rising trends and issues in trucking technology, innovation and operations.


December 13, 2022

11 a.m. ET - 2 p.m. ET

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Tomorrow's fleet is built today!

More and more fleets are opting in to automation, but what does testing and development look like? How are OEMs building new safety systems to support unmanned operation? And, what are the questions trucking companies face from their drivers and their technicians about automation and ADAS? Join us for conversations that will help you build a better fleet today.


Automate is a half-day virtual event with learning sessions dedicated to providing specific insights for fleet technology and operations decisionmakers. 
With industry experts and Transport Topics' own reporters in conversation, you are sure learn something new, find conversation topics worth sharing, and apply new understanding to your decisions. 


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Seth Clevenger 

Managing Editor, Features, Transport Topics.

Host, TT RoadSigns

Dan Ronan

Associate News Editor Print and Multimedia, Transport Topics

Anchor/Producer, Transport Topics Radio

Michael Freeze

Features Editor, Transport Topics

Host, TT Roadsigns

Joe Howard

Executive Editor, Transport Topics

Don Burnette

Don Burnette is Founder & CEO of Kodiak Robotics. Don is one of the autonomous vehicle industry’s true pioneers, with more than ten years experience working on self-driving software development. He began his career as a software tech lead for the Google self-driving car project, the predecessor to Waymo. 

Dr. Peter Vaughan Schmidt 

Prior to joining Torc, Dr. Peter V. Schmidt was the head of the Autonomous Technology Group for Daimler Truck for three years. Before leading that organization, he managed the strategy organization for Daimler Truck, where his focus areas included the Chinese market, autonomous technology, electrification, connectivity and digital transformation.

Jan Becker

Jan Becker is President, CEO and Co-Founder of Apex.AI, Inc. He is also the Managing Director of the Apex.AI GmbH, the company's subsidiary in Germany. Prior to founding Apex.AI, he was Senior Director at Faraday Future responsible for Autonomous Driving and Director at Robert Bosch LLC responsible for Automated Driving in North America. 

Vivian Sun

As the Chief Commercial Officer at Waabi, Vivian Sun is responsible for Waabi’s go-to-market strategy, commercialization and sales & marketing. She is a seasoned leader in the autonomous trucking industry with extensive experience in technology, automotive and transportation fields.


A fleet operations executive is charged with countless responsibilities - managing fleet resources, increasing operational efficiency, and providing your drivers with the answers they need. Automate speaks to your needs as an executive and the needs of your fleet to offer insights on the latest technology, equipment and operational innovations.  

11:00 AM ET


Host, Dan Ronan, welcomes YOU, and offers a look at the day's schedule. 

11:15 AM ET

Daily Report 

What's happening in the industry today? Find out in this segment, with a 60-second report on hot topics of the day. 

11:20 AM ET

Morning Keynote

Seth Clevenger is joined by an industry executive at a fleet involved in autonomous truck testing and development.

11:30 AM ET


Transport Topics ' popular podcast goes video - just for this special event! 

12:15 PM ET

Brown Bag Lunch

Brown Bag Lunch host Dan Ronan sits with AV expert to get answers on what autonomous will look like in ten years.

12:45 PM ET

Afternoon Keynote

Peter Vaughan Schmidt give us the inside scoop on adopting autonomous technology and how staying safe in the process is key. 

1:15 PM ET

Cup of Joe (Afternoon Pick-Me-Up)

TT's Chief Editor, Joe Howard hosts a roundtable on prospects for autonomous trucking and advance of ADAS technologies

1:55 PM ET

Closing Statements

Final words from our MC, Dan Ronan.