Keeping Up With The Connected Car
Audio entertainment in the car is facing a new future -- and radio will be a part of it. In fact, radio, the first and most relied-on staple of in-car audio, can have a leading role in the future of audiotainment. At the DASH conference, set for October 23-24 at the Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport, you can hear from experts who already have a place in the connected car and learn what it took to get and keep that place on the dash, what they've learned, and what the future holds.
"The car radio is rapidly moving beyond a traditional two-knob experience," says Roger C. Lanctot, associate director in the global automotive practice at Strategy Analytics and moderator of the "Audio in the Connected Car" panel. "The faster we understand the nature of that change the sooner we will be able to capitalize on it. These panelists are grappling with this change and helping to make it happen every day."
Paul Jacobs, GM of DASH conference partner Jacobs Media, adds, "This is an important panel because these companies are true partners of the automobile industry and can pave the way for all broadcasters. Additionally, we will learn about the road ahead for the dashboard from the perspective of companies that are heavily engaged in the design and planning process."
As associate director in the rapidly growing Global Automotive Practice at Strategy Analytics, Roger has a powerful voice in the definition of future trends in automotive safety, powertrain, and infotainment systems. He draws on 25 years' experience in the technology industry as an analyst, journalist, and consultant. Lanctot has conducted and participated in major industry studies, created new research products and services, and advised clients on strategy and competitive issues throughout his career.
Brian Lakamp is president of digital for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, overseeing the company's digital strategy, including iHeartRadio, Clear Channel's free, industry-leading digital radio product, as well as the infrastructure, tools, and social media integration for its local stations' branded Internet properties. He also works closely with the company's key partners to develop cutting-edge tools and products for all of Clear Channel’s radio, media, and entertainment properties.
George Lynch is vice president of automotive business development at Pandora, where he is focused on all OEM vehicle manufacturers and their audio suppliers. Lynch has more than 30 years of experience in the automotive, radio, and consumer electronics arenas and has relationships with all major automakers and many of the biggest names in automotive audio. At Pandora Lynch is focused upon applying his insights to the latest radio technologies, combined with how consumers interact within their vehicles, to take Pandora's personalized radio experience on the road. Before Pandora, Lynch spent 11 years at Sirius/XM Satellite Radio.
Rahul Misra is director of sales engineering for the Harman Cloud Platform. After joining the company in 2011, he has helped HCP grow from one OEM integration to more than 10 globally. He formerly managed the infotainment portfolio for a leading luxury OEM and lauched its telematics, SiriusXM, advanced driver assistance systems, navigation, iPod integration, and Bluetooth products in North America. Misra speaks globally on automotive and infotainment topics.
Carl Rohling is a vice president of business development for TuneIn Inc., managing strategic alliances, licensing, and distribution for the consumer electronics, automotive, and mobile business units. His focus for consumer-facing services is centered on the distribution and licensing of the TuneIn application across multiple platforms, while TuneIn's OEM business is based on servicing prominent third parties across automotive, TV, mobile, and digital appliance platforms. Previously, Rohling spent two years at Creative Labs, overseeing business development for the portable audio, speaker, and Web camera business units.