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Lawrence  Burns

Lawrence Burns

Former General Motors VP of R&D, Mobility Consultant for Google Inc.

Lawrence Burns

Former General Motors VP of R&D, Mobility Consultant for Google Inc.


Lawrence (Larry) D. Burns advises organizations on the future of mobility, logistics, manufacturing, energy and innovation. His current clients include Waymo (Google Self-Driving Cars), Peloton Technology, and Kitson & Partners. Larry served as General Motors Corporate Vice President of Research & Development and Planning from 1998-2009. Between 2010 and 2016, Larry was Professor of Engineering Practice at the University of Michigan, Director of the Program for Sustainable Mobility at Columbia University, and an advisor to several major companies.

Larry is the world’s leading authority on how autonomous electric vehicles used in transportation services will transform the way people and goods move around and interact. He coined the phrase “age of automobility” to describe this future in his newest book, Autonomy: The Quest to Build the Driverless Car And How It Will Reshape Our World (Ecco / HarperCollins, August, 2018).

Larry is an informative, engaging and forward-thinking speaker and has made more than 500 keynote, conference and media presentations around the world. He focuses on accelerating the “age of automobility” and educating industry leaders, policymakers, technologists and engineers on how to position to succeed in this exciting and compelling future.

Larry has been featured in The Atlantic, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, BBC, Forbes, USA Today, 60 Minutes, NBC, Bloomberg, and more.

Larry has a PhD in civil engineering from the University of California-Berkeley and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the ITS America Hall of Fame.

Speaker Videos

TED: Reinventing the Car

Autonomous Transport of Goods

Age of Automobility

Making Value

Speech Topics

Cars of the Future

Making Value for America: Embracing the Future of Manufacturing, Technology & Work

Designing the Future of Mobility