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The Future Networked Car drives to the Geneva Motor Show

Synergies in ICT and automotive sectors steer future innovations

Geneva, 3 March 2014 – The Future Networked Car, an ITU symposium exploring future innovative technologies, especially information and communication technologies, will be held 5-6 March 2014 at the Geneva Motor Show.

A High-Level dialogue on ‘Innovation for the Future Car’ on 5 March, 11:30–13:00 will critique developments with a view to channelling future innovation. The session will be moderated by former racing driver and Fifth Gear presenter, Tiff Needell.

Jean Todt, President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), will spearhead the event’s emphasis on motorsport as an incubator of innovation and technical advances.

Johan de Nysschen, President, Infiniti Motor Company and Jeffrey J. Owens, Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President, Delphi Automotive will lead on industry perspectives, and Eva Molnar, Director, Transport Division, will represent the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). T. Russell Shields will focus on intelligent transport systems.

The new Infiniti Q50 on display at the symposium will lay emphasis on the networked car.

Technical sessions will examine the driverless car; the potential of ITS to reduce emissions and boost convenience by connecting vehicles with one another and roadside infrastructure; security in the context of networked cars; and the integration of nomadic devices in vehicles.

A special safety-oriented session on 5 March at 09:30 will discuss global road safety goals and the role of industry, government and public-private partnership in driving this agenda. Panellists include FIA President Jean Todt; General Victor Kiryanov, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Russian Federation; Dr Oleg Chestnov, Deputy Director General, World Health Organization; and Dr Scott C. Ratzan, Vice President, Anheuser-Busch InBev.

The event programme is at www.itu.int/en/fnc/2014/Pages/programme.aspx. The event will be televised and streamed on ITU’s YouTube channel.


The Future Networked Car



5-6 March 2014 at the Geneva Motor Show

High-level session on Global Road Safety: 5 March, 09;30 am

High-level session on Innovation for the Future Car: 5 March, 11:30 am


Room C, Hall 1, Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland



The ‘Future Networked Car’ fosters sustained information exchange among key players in the ICT, automotive and ITS sectors. Identifying synergies and standardization gaps will establish new guideposts to marshal the convergence of ICTs in the future development of automobiles and intelligent transport systems.

Panel on Innovation


  1. Jean Todt, President FIA
  2. Johan de Nysschen, President Infiniti Motors
  3. Jeffrey Owens, CTO Delphi Automotive Systems
  4. Russell Shields, Intelligent transport systems
  5. Eva Molnar, Director, Transport Division, UNECE
  6. Dr Hamadoun Touré, ITU Secretary-General

For more information, please contact:

Sanjay Acharya
Chief, Media Relations & Public Information, ITU
telephone +41 22 730 5046
tel + 41 79 249 4861
email sanjay.acharya@itu.int 
Toby Johnson
Senior Communications Officer
Telecommunication Standardization Bureau
telephone +41 22 730 5877
tel + 41 79 249 4868
email toby.johnson@itu.int 

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