This is going to be a busy weekend for the iconic automobile museum!
While we tend to focus so much on the past, at least as it pertains to daily discussions, in the collector community, the future of the automobile also has a major impact on our hobby. Models going away, technology changing, government regulations changes, and all kinds of issues can dramatically impact the valuation of a vehicle - not to mention, the future makes will someday be collectibles too, so what’s happening in this industry? The Petersen Museum is set to explore these topics in depth this weekend.
“Because we are amidst immense change in the automotive industry, we want to be ahead of the discussion,” the museum’s executive director, Terry Karges offered. “The ‘Future of the Automobile Conference’ allows us to lead the revolution, inspiring open conversation amongst trailblazers and automotive enthusiasts.”
“The day-long series of talks, demonstrations and panel discussions throughout the museum will gather leaders in the auto, tech and city-planning fields,”
“Topics of discussion will include designing the future, connectivity and security, the future of infrastructure and city planning, artificial intelligence and autonomy, the future of ownership and ridesharing, powering the future, and the rise of China.”
The conference is taking place on location at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, on May 3rd. McKeel Hagerty is being billed as the highlight, while other speakers include Wolfgang Warnecke of Shell; Dakota Semler of Thor Trucks; Michael Dunne, an expert on the Asian automotive industry; Sam Park, Nissan designer based in Silicon Valley; Kellen Pucher, director of Panasonic’s connected vehicles programer.
Immediately following this conference is the much-anticipated “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy” exhibit unveiling. This exhibit puts the spotlight on iconic Hollywood cars, like the Time Machine from “Back to the Future”, as well as displaying a unique and immersive mixed-reality experience powered by Microsoft HoloLens.
“The Petersen is proud to partner with Microsoft on this mixed-reality project,” said Terry L. Karges, Executive Director of the Petersen Automotive Museum. “This exhibit is made to highlight the futuristic vehicles and technologies that spark our imaginations, and Microsoft’s HoloLens is a cutting-edge way to express that high-tech vision in real life.”
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