TC Sessions: Mobility is back and this year we’re bringing together the best and brightest founders, investors, engineers and experts on the future of transportation for a two-day in-person event May 18-19 in San Mateo, California.

An online day will follow on May 20 to give our audience, including those unable to attend, the chance to tune in online and watch live event highlights, network and watch the full sessions. We are pleased to announce that Herbert Diess, Group CEO of the Volkswagen Group, will be discussing his vision for the future of mobility during this online-only portion of the event.

TC Sessions: Mobility offers speakers on the main stage, a whole range of startup exhibitions, demos, networking and a live pitch-off with a great price. We’re excited to give you a first look at some of the people – and vehicles – who will be on our main stage and what we want to talk about.

Who’s on our stage? We’re glad you’ve been asked. Let’s start with two vehicles that haven’t made a personal public debut yet: an electric vehicle that Arrival is building for Uber and the custom Zoox robotic taxi.

Other topics on our list for this year include exploring the opportunities and challenges facing urban airlines and cities, the dual paths companies are taking to commercialize autonomous vehicle technology, cybersecurity, micromobility, self-driving trucks and autonomous delivery.

Our guests include Aurora co-founder and chief product officer Sterling Anderson, Motional CTO Laura Major, Nuro co-founder and CEO Jiajun Zhu, and Waymo co-CEO Dmitri Dolgov. Then there is Bonny Simi, chief of air operations and people at Joby Aviation, and Rebecca Yeung, corporate vice president at FedEx, which is responsible for the company’s robotics and autonomous vehicle initiatives, as well as cybersecurity phenomena Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek at Cruise.

Get your general admission or start-up demo pack today before prices skyrocket. We also recently added two new ways to attend the event; Expo Only and Online Only Passes ($75 and $45, respectively).

May 18

Getting financing at an early stage?

of Yoon Choi (Muirwoods Ventures), Mar Hershenson (Pear VC) and Gabriel Scheer (Elemental Excelerator)

Spoiler alert: Uber for X is no longer a differentiator. Mobility is not an emerging vertical, and industry startups seeking funding should consider that advantage. Investors don’t need to explain the big opportunity in the transportation sector; instead, they want to see opposite growth — whether that’s a new take on an old technology, or profitability. brings together three venture capitalists — Yoon Choi of Muirwoods Ventures, Mar Hershenson of Pear VC, and Gabriel Scheer of Elemental — to talk about their investment strategies, what’s hot and what isn’t.

Turning an AV innovation into a product

with Oliver Cameron (Cruise) and Laura Major (Motional)

Autonomous vehicle technology has moved from the frontiers of academic research to living labs, i.e. testing on closed circuits and public roads. Now a handful of companies, including Cruise and Motional, are trying to turn their innovations into a product that is not only technically capable of navigating city streets, but that is approachable and easy to use for people. Cruise VP of product and former Voyage co-founder Oliver Cameron and Motional CTO Laura Major will address the technical and implementation challenges in creating a product that people can and want to use.

Vehicle Spotlight: Zoox

with Jesse Levinson (Zoox)

Zoox first debuted its custom robotic axi vehicle in December 2020 at a virtual event. That vehicle has remained largely hidden ever since, with testing taking place in areas outside of the public eye. Now the Zoox vehicle is ready for an up-close personal debut at TC Sessions: Mobility. Zoox co-founder and CTO Jesse Levinson will discuss the vehicle, the company’s progress and where we can see Zoox next.

How to make a profit in micromobility
with Alex Nesic (Drover AI), Janelle Wang (Acton) and speaker announced

Despite the huge sums of venture capital invested in shared micromobility, the industry has yet to achieve the unit economy favorable enough to turn a profit. But it comes close. We sit down with Drover AI’s Alex Nesic, Acton’s Janelle Wang and another panelist to talk about the new methods and technology being deployed to help micromobility companies turn a profit.

The world according to Waymo

with Dmitri Dolgov, co-CEO of Waymo

Waymo, the self-driving arm of Alphabet, has recently reached major milestones, from launching a robotic taxi service in San Francisco to partnering with existing logistics companies that will help it commercialize autonomous freight. However, challenges remain on all sides: political, technological, commercial and social. Dmitri Dolgov, co-CEO of Waymo, was there from the start. As one of the founders of Google’s self-driving car project, which began in 2009 and became Waymo in 2016, he will tell us how far autonomy has come and how far it still has to go.

Mobility Pitch-off

The industry’s brightest entrepreneurs will take the stage in front of a live audience and a panel of industry experts, featuring revolutionary technologies. Founders – apply here.

How urban air fits in cities

with Gary Gysin (Wisk Aero), Cyrus Sigari (UP.Partners) and Bonny Simi (Joby Aviation)

What is needed to conduct urban air mobility operations in cities? Mobility will sit down with Gary Gysin, president and CEO of Wisk Aero, Cyrus Sigari, co-founder and managing partner at UP.Partners, and Bonny Simi, chief of air operations and people at Joby Aviation, to address both the challenges and opportunities the field of urban air mobility and what it takes to not only launch in cities, but actually be of value to residents.

The road to commercializing autonomous trucks

with Sterling Anderson (Aurora Innovation) and Rebecca Yeung (FedEx)

Aurora has been running a pilot program with FedEx since September 2021 to move goods between Dallas and Houston via self-driving Paccar trucks. trucks will be fully autonomous by the end of next year. We reach out to Aurora co-founder Sterling Anderson and FedEx’s head of robotics and autonomous vehicle technology Rebecca Yeung to discuss progress on the pilot and its implications for the future of autonomous freight transportation.

May 19

How your startup should think about collaboration, not just capital

with John Du (GM Ventures), Taylor Ogan (Snow Bull Capital) and Trina Van Pelt (Intel Capital)

The capital markets have a way of distracting even the most sloppy founders. But as we’re starting to see, a well-priced round of financing is no substitute for a well-oiled operation. And startups should think more about strategic opportunities and partnerships when giving up those coveted cap table spots. We bring together John Du of GM Ventures, Taylor Ogan of Snow Bull Capital and Trina Van Pelt of Intel Capital to talk about partnerships in the mobility world – especially the ones you probably aren’t thinking about.

A contrarian view of deploying autonomy at scale

with Austin Russell (Luminar)

Luminar founder and CEO Austin Russell has a different take on deploying autonomy at scale than other AV developers in the industry, as well as Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Lidar is central to Russell’s vision, but perhaps not in the way you might think. We’ll delve into Russell’s perspective and his strategy to bring autonomous vehicle to the masses at scale — without taking humans out of the driver’s seat.

The new passenger economy

of Nils Wollny (Holoride)

In anticipation of a future where autonomy is the norm and passengers seek stimulating entertainment to break the monotony of commuting, Holoride offers an in-car VR system that turns any vehicle into a moving theme park. Only the Audi spin-off does not wait for full autonomy to commercialize its product and bring us into the new passenger economy. Holoride’s VR technology is coming to Audi cars as early as this summer. We sit down with Nils Wollny, co-founder and CEO of Holoride, to talk about the place VR, blockchain, NFTs and cryptocurrencies hold in the automotive space.TITLE NEEDED

Securing today’s cars and tomorrow’s robot axis

with Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek (Cruise)

A new era in connected cars has dawned, and that brings new safety risks. And then there are robotic axes and other autonomous vehicles. Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, undisputed leaders in the cybersecurity industry, who both hold top security positions at GM-backed self-driving company Cruise, will join us to discuss the dynamic and rapidly evolving domain of automotive cybersecurity.

Vehicle Spotlight: Arrival

with Avinash Rugoobur (Arrival)

Arrival last year announced plans to partner with Uber to design and build an affordable, purpose-built ride-hailing electric vehicle. Before the vehicle goes into production in Q3 2023, Arrival will showcase it here at TC Sessions: Mobility. Arrival President Avinash Rugoobur will talk about the process of designing and hopefully producing the vehicle, what the EV company is also working on and what may be just around the corner.

Mobility Pitch-off

The industry’s brightest entrepreneurs will take the stage in front of a live audience and a panel of industry experts, featuring revolutionary technologies. Founders – apply here.

Where is my autonomous car?

of Yanbing Li (Aurora), Saswat Panigrahi (Waymo) and Sarah Tariq (Nvidia)

When it comes to moving people through autonomous vehicles, two avenues are starting to emerge: robotic taxi services and private vehicles with autonomous capabilities. Companies are moving toward commercializing robotic axes by directly striving for full autonomy. On the other hand, automakers today are introducing personal vehicles with a lower level of autonomy through advanced driver assistance systems, with the ultimate goal of improving slowly until they can offer personal vehicles with higher levels of autonomous functionality. We sit down with the AV experts to discuss the stumbling blocks to each approach and the first to deliver on a large scale.