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Ann Arbor Spark

A2 Mobility Tech Meetup | Building the AV Bus in Michigan

Wednesday, April 20 2022 at 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Public transportation is an integral part of any Smart City and urban infrastructure. In 2018, people took 9.9 billion trips on public transport services in the U.S. alone. It is proven that investment in public transportation systems drives economic growth. Join us for a fascinating deep dive into the building of the autonomous bus in Michigan.

In this virtual event, we welcome ADASTEC, who has moved their US headquarters to Ann Arbor. ADASTEC CEO Dr. Ali Ufuk Peker will explain how their autonomy as a service platform for full-size buses enables full automation along a specified route. Additionally, he will discuss how the open platform enables integration of infotainment, payment, and shared mobility services allowing a high-quality public transportation experience.

The conversation continues with Deniz Cetin, chief commercial officer at Karsan and Satish Udpa from Michigan State University about the testing and deployment of the autonomous bus service at MSU. The panel will discuss their autonomous software technology and how they are ensuring safety, efficiency, and sustainability in their work.


4:00 – 4:05: Introduction

4:05 – 4:15: Overview of ADASTEC

4:15 – 4:35: Panel – Perfecting the Autonomous Bus in Michigan

4:35 – 4:55: Networking in breakout rooms

4:55 – 5:00: Conclusion

About our Speakers

Dr. Ali Ufuk Peker has 25+ years of experience in IoT, mobile, and LBS. He started as a software designer and architect at Nortel, and then became the software development director at GISMAP Inc., responsible for GIS applications. In 2000, he became the vice president of Infotech and was CEO until 2018. Together with his five partners, he founded Adastec Corp, an autonomous driving software company for public transportation in San Francisco. His research interests are focused on location-based technologies, artificial intelligence, and autonomous vehicles.

Deniz Cetin is the Chief Commercial Officer (International Sales/Marketing/After Sales) at Karsan and a board member at its group companies.

Satish Udpa is the interim director of MSU Mobility and a University Distinguished Professor of electrical and computer engineering at Michigan State University. He serves as a member of the State of Michigan’s Council on Future Mobility and Electrification and was previously the executive vice president for administration and acting president at MSU.