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SMMT to put spotlight on connected cars at March event

SMMTConnected, taking place at the QEII Conference Centre, London, on Thursday 26 March, will see industry experts discuss the vast opportunities and challenges presented to the UK and the wider automotive sector by the rise of the connected car.  

The event will bring together vehicle manufacturers to showcase and discuss their latest developments in connected technology. Attendees will also have the chance to see the latest connected features in action with cars on display from the likes of BMW, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz and Nissan. 

The exclusive release of a new KPMG report into the potential future economic and jobs impact to the UK of connected and autonomous vehicles will also be announced at the event. 

Speakers will include:

  • Ed Vaizey MP, Minister of State for Culture, Media and Sport
  • Robert Goodwill MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport
  • Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive
  • Stephan Stass, senior vice president, business unit driver assistance systems, chassis systems control, Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Glenn Schmidt, head of steering and external affairs, sustainability communications, BMW Group
  • Dr Wolfgang Ziebart, group engineering director, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Takashi Shirakawa, senior vice president for research and development, Nissan Group of Europe


Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “The development of the connected car represents an exciting new opportunity for the UK automotive industry. This event will offer attendees a preview of the innovations already under development in the sector, as well as highlighting the potential that it can bring to the UK – and the whole automotive sector – in the future.” 

To see the agenda in full, visit www.smmt.co.uk/smmtconnected

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.