Connected Car: Speaker line-up announced for June 16 webinar

May 31, 2016  - By

GPS World has announced the speaker line-up for its “Connected Car: Cutting edge research aimed at implementing connected car and driverless car technology” webinar, sponsored by u-blox.

Date: Thursday, June 16
Time: 10:00 a.m. Pacific / 1:00 p.m. Eastern / 7:00 p.m. Central European Time
Duration: 60 minutes


  • Chaminda Basnayake, Principal Engineer, V2X Systems
  • John Kenney, Director and Principal Researcher, Network Division Toyota InfoTechnology Center
  • Nikolaos Papadopoulos, President, u-blox America Inc.
  • Roger Berg, Vice President, Wireless Technologies DENSO North American Research and Development Laboratories


Connected cars and V2X — connectivity between vehicles and infrastructure — lie around the next bend in the road. Extensive research and development have prepared these revolutionary concepts for implementation very soon. Join GPS World and our panel of expert presenters as we discuss:

  • Recent developments in – and the potential safety impact of – V2X technology.
  • The role of GNSS, and potential challenges in accuracy, reliability, jamming and spoofing.
  • How radar, lidar, cameras, dedicated short range communications (DSRC) and V2X will combine to create advanced Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).
  • Potential regulations and aftermarket devices.

c_basnayakeChaminda Basnayake is the technical lead for all Renesas communications enabled automotive active safety applications (V2X) in North America. Primary technical interface to customers, partners, government, research facilities and Renesas Japan. Support and develop customer solutions for production, research and applications. Responsible for developing and marketing V2X technical solutions (hardware and software) and providing customer technical training. Previously he worked for many years at GM OnStar.

j_kenneyJohn Kenney is the director of the Network Division of Toyota InfoTechnology Center USA. His division researches technologies that allow vehicles to communicate with each other and with other devices. A focus of his work is preventing accidents via always-on vehicle-to-vehicles packet communication. Toyotoa InfoTechnology research includes channel congestion control, security, quality of service (QoS), spectrum sharing, multi-channel operation, multi-path propagation and internal standards.

n_papadopoulosNic Papadopoulos is president of u-blox America, a wholly owned subsidiary of u-blox AG, the Swiss positioning and wireless technology company. Prior to u-blox, he worked as director of sales at G&D, a large GSM SIM providers. Before that, he worked in various positions at Infineon Technologies (formerly Siemens Semiconductors). He holds an MSEE from the Technical University Munich.

r_bergRoger Berg is responsible for overseeing vehicle communication technology and DENSO’s research and development of vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2X) technology for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Connected Vehicle program. He and his team worked on V2X from the early days going back to 2003-04.


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Alan Cameron is the former editor-at-large of GPS World magazine.