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AUGUST 4-6, 2022



Hosted by TennSMART, the inaugural Tennessee Smart Mobility Expo will be the premier event in showcasing smart mobility technologies for years to come. On August 4-6, transportation leaders, automotive OEMs, and industry-leading mobility and technology companies will convene at Nashville's Music City Center for an expo unlike any other.  The three-day expo will be Tennessee’s first public showcase of the latest transportation research, technologies and solutions being developed, built and deployed in the state.

Buy your tickets today to be apart of this historic event to see demonstrations of pioneering electric vehicles, world-class transportation research, and solutions being built and developed from Tennessee's renowned institutions and companies. 


The general public will have an opportunity to learn about and experience new technologies in electric vehicles during a four-hour long Ride + Drive happening the morning before the Music City Grand Prix!

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How technologies will assist with equity and serving vulnerable populations by enhancing their access to a better quality of life would sell the idea of smart mobility to a broader audience by sharing how investments, strategies and policies can help support broader community goals.



1:00 p.m.

Opening Plenary Session: Smart Mobility Gamechangers

From the Nissan Smyrna Vehicle Assembly plant groundbreaking in 1981, to the General Motors plant in Spring Hill in 1990, to the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga in 2011 and the announcement of Blue Oval City in 2021, Tennessee has established itself as a master of automotive manufacturing. We have the assets to not only be the engine that drives manufacturing, but also that generates solutions for intractable mobility challenges. Hear from the first company that planted a flag in Tennessee about their vision for the future of smart mobility.

  • Chris Reed, senior vice president of research & development, Nissan Americas

2:00 p.m.

Networking Break 

Enjoy the exhibitions and meet your fellow industry colleagues

3:00 p.m.

Current State of Play for Smart Mobility in Tennessee

To understand where we need to go, let’s first get a sense of where we are today. This session will cover some of the technologies and infrastructure deployed to date that have impacted Tennessean’s daily lives. We will also hear about driver attitudes toward trusting new technologies and steps taken to address hesitation and fear.

  • Jake Nelson, director, traffic safety advocacy & research, AAA

  • Drew Starke, director of business development, Blink Charging

4:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker

Over the last several years, Bridgestone has been strategically developing fully integrated solutions that will help create a more accessible and sustainable mobility ecosystem. The company’s aggressive pursuit of new business models is aimed at accelerating its transformation into a technology-driven, sustainable solutions company—one that in many ways acts as a startup. Their resulting, new offerings include concierge-style and subscription-based services for individual drivers, and end-to-end solutions for the cleaner, safer and more sustainable operations of fleets. During this presentation, Bridgestone will share why they’re committed to the pursuit of smart mobility including examples of Tennessee based initiatives; what they’ve learned through nimble collaboration with emerging partners like Einride, Kodiak and more; and what the future holds for the transformation of each step of the mobility journey.

  • Dan Levy, executive director of product, mobility solutions, Bridgestone Americas

5:00 p.m.

Networking Social

Enjoy cocktails and champagne as you venture around the expo. All attendees will have the opportunity to test drive exhibiting vehicles at our state-of-the-art indoor track.



8:00   a.m.

Keynote Speaker + Networking Breakfast

Enjoy a complimentary breakfast as you hear how Cisco is working to accelerate V2X
communication by utilizing common interfaces that are deployed across vast areas of the country as well as in most production vehicles. We will outline the challenges facing large scale deployments and how new methods look to help reach scale while allowing for deployments to catch up with application 
requirements. We will show how this technology is giving local communitiesnew options to deliver more innovation and better safety response.

  • Mark Knellinger, Transportation Solutions Architect, Cisco

9:00   a.m.

TDOT Commissioner Butch Eley and University of Tennessee President Randy Boyd will join us for a fireside chat to discuss efforts to position the state as a leader in transportation research and technology development.

  • Butch Eley, commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT)

  • Randy Boyd, president of the University of Tennessee system

  • Bruce Doeg, Baker Donelson (moderator)

Fireside Chat: Setting a Vision for Transportation

9:45   a.m.

Building a Smart State

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is working with partners across the state to solve two issues driving the day: traffic management and electric vehicle range anxiety. The I-24 MOTION project is the first open road test bed of its kind and will give us unprecedented levels of data to improve traffic flow on one of the busiest roadways in the greater Nashville area. Meanwhile, the Tennessee Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Plan will create the infrastructure needed to support transportation electrification along key routes in Tennessee. Hear how TDOT and diverse stakeholders are working together to build a smart state.   

  • Matt Meservy, director, long range planning division, TDOT

  • Alexa Voytek, energy programs administrator, Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation

  • Lee Smith, interim traffic operations division director, TDOT

  • Dan Work, chancellor faculty fellow and associate professor in civil and environmental engineering, computer science, and the Institute for Software Integrated Systems, Vanderbilt University

11:00 a.m.

Smart Academia

Tennessee’s leading universities are at the forefront of exciting research to develop and advance smart state solutions. Listen as leading researchers present the latest on smart mobility related projects happening across the state and region.

  • Dr. Pingen Chen, Tennessee Tech University

  • Dr. Junxuan Zhao; Austin Harris, University of Tennessee – Chattanooga

  • Dr. Kevin Heaslip, Dr. Asad Khattak, University of Tennessee - Knoxville

  • Dr. Janey Camp, Vanderbilt University

12:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker + Networking Lunch

What happens when you take a 100-year-old technology and apply it to some of the most innovative vehicles on the road today? In this session, hear how one company is working with a research institution to better understand and develop wireless power transfer technology to support wireless charging for light-duty passenger and heavy-duty transit electric vehicles. Full commercialization of this technology is expected to happen once fully interoperable standards are available.

  • Thomas Stout, inductive pavement lead, HDR

  • P.T. Jones, advanced vehicle systems technical staff, ORNL

2:00   p.m.

Smart Logistics

Smart mobility innovations like autonomous delivery are at work the moment you click “purchase” online. This session will cover FedEx’s first and last mile innovations, fleet electrification and the company’s ambitious carbon neutrality goals, the work of the Autonomous Vehicle Center of Excellence and partnerships with state agencies and universities to build a resilient workforce.

  • Nikhil Pande, director of advanced technology & innovation, FedEx

  • Terri Cooper, managing director, transportation program management, FedEx

  • Angela Wehmeyer, manager, industry research, FedEx

  • Darrin Earl, manager, advanced technology & innovation and autonomous vehicles, FedEx

3:30   p.m.

Closing Plenary Session: A Roadmap for Tennessee

We have a bold vision: to bring more transportation technology research and development to Tennessee. Hear from an esteemed panel about their efforts to create a workforce ready to support the future of the industry and what more needs to be done, including from an economic development perspective, to support this vision.

  • Padma Raghavan, vice provost for research and professor of computer science, Vanderbilt University

  • Stacey Patterson, vice president for research, outreach and economic development, University of Tennessee

  • Ryan Stanton, senior project manager – EV Evolution, TVA

  • Rich Davies, director, Sustainable Transportation Program for the Energy Science and Technology Directorate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; board president, TennSMART

  • Lindsey Cox, CEO, Launch Tennessee (moderator)



Ride & Drive Showcase

This 4-hour long event is open to the general public. Drive the latest electric vehicles on the market through the streets of Nashville and stop by the exhibit hall inside the Music City Center to learn more about the latest technology being deployed in Tennessee.

8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Rep. John Lewis Way
Located between Demonbreun St and Korean Veterans Blvd
Admission is free*
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Music City Center

201 Rep. John Lewis Way S.

Nashville, TN 37203

Located in the heart of downtown Nashville, the Music City Center plays host to premier national and local conventions, conferences and events. 

This August, the Music City Center will host the inaugural Tennessee Smart Mobility Expo, showcasing the development and deployment of intelligent mobility solutions in Tennessee.


The TennSMART consortium, the organizing group behind the Tennessee Smart Mobility Expo, brings together leaders from the public and private sector to accelerate the development and deployment of new intelligent mobility innovations. In an increasingly connected world, opportunities abound to leverage new technologies that improve safety, accessibility, and system operations while reducing emissions. TennSMART serves as a collaborative forum for key stakeholders in the automotive and trucking industries, municipalities, universities, and research institutions to address intelligent mobility opportunities together that no one organization could attain alone.

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