Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 11:00 a.m. – noon Registration and Buffet Lunch 12:15 p.m. Opening Comments Tim Kraus, president and COO, Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association Mike Reilly, chairman, Randall-Reilly 12:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker Dr. Michio Kaku, renowned scientist, looks to the future to produce trends affecting business, commerce, finance and technology. Moderator: Jeff Crissey, editor, Commercial Carrier Journal 1:45 – 2:00 pm Break 2:00 p.m. Trucking’s Future Now: Equipment and Technology This panel will discuss how equipment and technology will evolve over the next decade to meet changing environmental, safety and infrastructure concerns, including the advent of autonomous trucks, platooning, and self-repairing machines. Panelists: Bill Kahn, principle engineer, Peterbilt Motors Sandeep Kar, global vice president, Frost & Sullivan Derek Rotz, chief engineer, Freightliner Super Truck Project Josh Switkes, CEO, Peloton Technology Moderator: Paul Menig, CEO, Tech-I-M 3:15 – 3:30 pm Break 3:30 p.m. Trucking’s Future Now: Freight Infrastructure A panel discussion on how the expansion of the Panama Canal, the trend toward larger, fewer stores, shifts in intermodal and even the potential for delivery-by-drone will affect freight patterns over the next decade. Panelists: David Levinson, chair of transportation, University of Minnesota Moderator: Greg Cohen, CEO, Highway Users Alliance 4:45 p.m. Presentation of Successful Dealer Award and Closing Remarks Jason Cannon, online editor, Successful Dealer 5:30 p.m. Commercial Vehicle Outlook Reception Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 7:00 – 7:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast 7:45 a.m. Welcome Remarks 8:00 a.m. Trucking’s Future Now: Workforce How will changing technologies affect the labor pool? Will autonomous vehicles solve the driver shortage? What could emerging technologies mean for driver safety and health? How will increasingly complex vehicle systems impact the technician shortage? Our panel will discuss these issues and more. Panelists: Stephen Hampson, president and general manager, Meritor WABCO Moderator: Jeff Crissey, editor, Commercial Carrier Journal 9:15 – 9:30 a.m. Break 9:30 a.m. Trucking’s Future Now: Real World Applications Having heard how equipment, the supply chain and labor markets will be driven by new technologies, this panel, made up of the nation’s most forward-thinking fleet executives, will discuss what will and won’t work in the real world. Panelists: John Elliot, founder and CEO, Load One, LLC Moderator: Mike Roeth, executive director, North American Council on Freight Efficiency 10:45 a.m. Closing remarks: Brent Reilly, president and CEO, Randall-Reilly 11:00 a.m. Conference ends: GATS VIP Exhibition Viewing Opportunity Noon Great American Trucking Show opens.