Welcome to Podcar City 2019!

Come to San Jose to learn about, hear and discuss planning and deployment opportunities, incorporating automated, electric and shared transportation technologies!

Over 20 variations of podcar systems are being deployed today, offering cost-effective ways to enhance transit and help meet the challenges of urban congestion, environmental concerns and mobility for all. Larger players, such as Ericsson communication systems, NASA, Google, Amazon and a series of strong IT companies in Silicon Valley are getting involved, boosting the acceleration of automated transit forward. 

Podcar City 2019 focuses on cities and their urgent need on making a reality of new modes of public, automated transportation through technology, planning and business opportunities. Through discussions and information exchange, we will separate hype from reality and uncover practical solutions which are being investigated today to address real problems.

Why attend?

This year’s conference will feature an exceptional range of speakers and sessions on cutting-edge developments in advanced transit.

The program is geared towards open discussion and knowledge sharing, providing a great opportunity to pass along your knowledge, insights and services to others dedicated to making a better future and mobility for all.


Over 30 speakers from 12 countries, plus 30 cities and campuses from all over the world are expected. Speakers include:

  • Jeral Poskey, Head of Transportation Google, USA
  • Ramses Madou, Department of Transportation, City of San Jose, USA
  • Alexander Kyllman, CEO Modutram, Mexico
  • Hilary Nixon, Deputy Executive Director, Mineta Transportation Institute, USA
  • Gwo-Wei Torng, Director Office of Mobility Innovation, Federal Transit Administration, USA
  • Robbert Lohmann, Chief Commercial Officer 2Getthere, Netherlands
  • Christer Lindström, CEO 4Dialog, Sweden
  • Carl Guardino, President and CEO Silicon Valley Leadership Group, USA
  • Ron Swenson, co-founder INIST, USA
  • Jay Helbling, Skytran, USA
  • Ranbir Saran Das, Ultra PRT, UK
  • Mike Honda, Former Representative California Congress, USA
  • David Vega-Barachowitz, Senior Urban Designer, NYC Department of City Planning, USA

Up for grabs – travel grants!

This year INIST offers three grants, including a full registration and a 400 USD travel support, for city planners outside of California! Please apply to info@inist.org with full name and affiliated city and a short description on why you are applying for the grant.

INIST is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit educational organization and not affiliated with any vendors, consultancy or political organization.


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Date & Place

Event starts: November 5, 2019 10:00 am
Event ends: November 6, 2019 5:00 pm
Venue: The Stage, San Jose 490 South 1st Street San Jose, CA 95113, United States
Register here!


  • Full days / Business $790
  • Reduced ATRA / 2day Speaker / Kompass / ITRL** $550
  • One day $450
  • Speaker one day $190
  • Students (with student ID) $25
  • At the gate, no reception (one day) $490
**Your organization is welcome to apply for reduced fee, please see the contact section.

Recommended Hotels

The official conference hotel is the Pacific Inn, 455 South Second Street, San Jose.
Call to book +1 408-298-3500 and use the booking code "Podcar City" for your reduced rate (only $229/night plus taxes).

We also recommend the Arena Hotel, 817 Alameda Downtown, San Jose.