ONE DAY, TWO PANELS: New Developments in Autonomous and Electric Vehicle Technology

 Join us on Tuesday, March 30 for two virtual panels in one.  Hear from J.D. Power analysts, and executives from FLIR and BLINK.

Panel Discussion #1: Seeing What Can’t Be Seen: Giving Consumers Confidence in Autonomous Vehicle Technology.
Time: 2:00-3:00 PM PST

Panelists:
Mike Walters, Vice President, Product Management for Automotive, FLIR Systems’ Components
Kristin Kolodge, Executive Director of Driver Interaction and Human Machine Interface, J.D. Power

Moderator:
Geno Effler, Director of Communications, J.D. Power

Mike Walters, Vice President, Product Management for Automotive in FLIR Systems’ Components business, will be joining us for our March event to talk about how thermal imaging technology from FLIR Systems can improve current safety systems, and lead to increased consumer confidence in ADAS and AV systems.

Kristin Kolodge is Executive Director of Driver Interaction and Human Machine Interface (HMI) at J.D. Power. She is responsible for establishing a new HMI practice at the company. She serves as an industry thought leader for automotive technology user experience and leads the company’s global initiative to integrate the Voice of the Customer into the product development process for the Future of Mobility.

FLIR Systems Inc., the world leader in thermal imaging for automotive, continues to develop an end-to-end approach of implementing thermal as a complementary technology to help improve current safety sensors, to help save lives. FLIR has over 40 years of experience in the thermal camera business and 15 years in automotive thermal sensor development and manufacturing.

Panel Discussion #2: Current Events: Giving EVs the Charging Opportunities They Need
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM PST
Panelists:
Josh Winkler, Senior Vice President, Product and Technology, Blink
Mike Battaglia, Senior Vice President, Sales and Business Development, Blink
Brent Gruber, Senior Director of Global Automotive, J.D. Power
Moderator:
Geno Effler, Director of Communications, J.D. Power

Josh has nearly a decade of experience in the EV industry having been an instrumental member of the technology team of Blink’s predecessor, Ecotality. He has an in-depth understanding of product design for electric vehicle service equipment and is responsible for Blink’s design of the IQ 200 80-amp Level 2 AC charging station.Mike Battaglia brings over 25 years of automotive and technology experience to the team with deep connections throughout the auto industry. He has a track record of building high performing sales teams with a focus on key performance metrics. Mike leads the Blink sales organization in establishing and executing the go-to-market strategy and developing nationwide sales channels.

Brent Gruber currently leads the global automotive supplier practice at J.D. Power. He is responsible for representing J.D. Power within the automotive supply industry and consulting with clients on finding research based solutions to help grow their businesses through improving products and the customer experience. He graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a BBA in Marketing.

Blink was founded with the mission to do our part in slowing climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions caused by transportation. Our company always has, and continues to be, a driving force in the EV industry. Paving the way for the growth and adaptation of electric vehicles, Blink continues to offer innovative EV products and business partnerships to drive the industry forward.