2023 BloombergNEF Summit
San Francisco, CA
BNEF Summit connects leaders in energy, transport, technology, finance, and government since 2008. It consists of six invitation-only forums in London, Munich, New Delhi, New York, San Francisco, and Shanghai.
PANEL DISCUSSION: “Autonomous Vehicles: Solving Real World Challenges”
David Liu, CEO and Co-founder, Plus
Prashanthi Raman, VP of Global Government Affairs, Cruise
Keith Hadi, Vice President of Vehicle Engineering, May Mobility
Andrew Grant, Head of Intelligent Mobility, BloombergNEF
A question was raised if there’s any tension in that Plus develops autonomous driving technology that will automate the vehicle and at least a part of the job of truck drivers.
Here’s what Plus’s CEO David Liu said: “What we do today is to provide drivers with a working tool — a vehicle that’s safer, more comfortable, and more fuel-efficient to drive, powered by our #PlusDrive driver-in highly automated driving system. So far we’ve heard overwhelmingly positive feedback from drivers. PlusDrive gives them peace of mind and transforms the role of a truck driver to a ‘pilot’.”
“For owner-operators, it helps them save money — the return on investment for our technology is under two years, so it’s actually making their jobs not only safer and easier but also more profitable.”