October 28, 2019 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Level 9, Grosvenor Place, 225 George St, Sydney

Driverless Micro-Cars: From China to Sydney & Beyond

Seminar: Monday 28 October 2019 | Sydney


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Organised by Basis Point in association with Deloitte

Event Summary / 活动概况

A property, transport and work-life revolution is coming.

First in China, then the world.

Driverless micro-cars deployed as low-cost taxis within a local hub and spoke model.

At this event, an expert panel will be addressing the implementation issues (“when, where, how”) of the following:


  1. Hundreds of one seater driverless micro-cars ferrying commuters up to 4km to their local train station
  2. $1.50 commute fee, app-ordered on demand, 1-5 minute trip, mostly on 50km per hour local roads, reduces need for park and ride services.
  3. Suburban home prices rise as they become the equivalent of ‘walk to station.’ Improved quality of life. Easier mobility for the aged
  4. Huge urban planning changes. More flexibility for low-mid-high-rise home locations as they are as good as ‘walk to station’
  5. Quiet, safe, tiny electric driverless cars. Batteries recharged, and cars cleaned and garaged overnight in a local warehouse
  6. Owned by private transport companies for economies of scale. Small ‘footprint’ means they are mostly ‘out of sight’ when not in use
  7. Transport model can be extended to local schools, local shops and local parks. Can be extended to major bus terminals. Reduces need for second car
  8. Can be extended to tourist precincts. (Driverless twin-seater ‘booze cars’ in the Hunter Valley?) Regional tourist towns served by trains become easier places to ‘get around’
  9. It’s coming sooner than you think. China will trial driverless taxis within a few months in a Shanghai district. In the 1910s, the number of Model T Ford cars surpassed horse & buggies within 5 years. With China’s one-party state and ‘big data’ availability with less privacy issues (compared to the West), the nation can implement mass-consumer technology far more quickly than the rest of the world.
  10. First step towards driverless cars throughout cities and regions, eventually replacing all or most human-driven cars

Who should attend?

  • property developers, shopping mall owners, property owners, technology park owners, transport firms, taxi companies
  • Venture capitalists, wholesale investors, futurists, urban planners, tourism infrastructure owners, regional tourist town councils
  • tech/5G companies, DC manufacturers, supply chain firms, insurance firms, legal firms
  • councils and government agencies in urban design, transport and infrastructure planning and policy-work


Sydney | Monday 28th October 2019 | 4:00PM – 7:00PM
Deloitte Function Rooms
Level 9, Grosvenor Place
225 George St, Sydney


Earlybird: $90 + GST
Earlybird ended 19th October
Regular Pricing: $140 + GST (click here to register)

Agenda / 会议议程

4.00: Registration

4.15: MC: Rick Alloggia, Managing Director, Invoke

4.16: Welcome comments. Nicki Hutley, Partner, Deloitte Access Economics

4.20: Opening remarks. Robyn Preston, MP. Chair of the NSW Parliament Committee on Transport and Infrastructure: Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly: Member for Hawkesbury

4.40: David Chin, Managing Director, BasisPoint. Why ‘DCs’, why China is in the driver’s seat, and what is the impact on Australia

5.20: Nicki Hutley, Partner, Deloitte Access Economics. DC and urban impacts -economics and liveability. Implications for Sydney as a whole. Impact on the Three Cities Model

5.45: Panel discussion Q&A

  1. Erik Elzerman –ex IBM VP. Internet of things /technology regional head
  2. David Chin Managing Director BasisPoint
  3. Nicki Hutley Partner Deloitte Access Economics
  4. Rick Alloggia, Managing Director INVOKE Property

6.20: Closing remarks. Deloitte

6.25: Delegates can participate in four group discussions during networking drinks and canapes.

Delegates are invited to split into four groups for discussion

  1. Property development and urban /transport planning
  2. Vehicle design, technology (5G)/ business case for DC fleets
  3. Legal/regulatory/insurance/community/safety
  4. Futurists and policy issues, widening trial to other stations/bus terminals/shops/schools, black swan risks

A group moderator will guide discussions and note comments (where permission is granted) to create a 4 page informal compilation of ideas/issues for wider distribution

7.00: Close

Speaker Biography

Robyn Preston

Robyn Preston

Member of the Legislative Assembly, Member for Hawkesbury

Robyn Preston is Chair of the NSW Legislative Assembly Committee on Transport and Infrastructure, established on 18 June 2019.

She is also the Member for Hawkesbury, Deputy Chair for Staysafe (Joint Standing Committee on Road Safety) and a Committee Member on Children and Young People.

Raised in Western Sydney by her mother after her father had died, Robyn learned early about the value of a strong work ethic and families pulling together. As a mother of two, she has worked hard to help inspire them to look beyond themselves and focus on contributing to the community.

Robyn’s extensive business career spans private, public and not-for-profit sectors, in various senior management, sales and marketing roles, as well as running her own small business. She was also Australia’s first female rugby league commercial television commentator.

Erik Elzerman

Erik Elzerman

Advisory Board Member & Independent Consultant

Erik Elzerman is an advisory board member and independent consultant to a number of technology firms.

Strategic insights on the adoption of Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, and Internet of Things (IOT) are his forte.

The IOT focus includes Smart Traffic Solutions, Water Management, and Predictive Maintenance Solutions.

He brings over 33 years’ experience at IBM with C-suite responsibility as:

  • VP for Infrastructure Services A/NZ,
  • VP for Analytic Solutions Asia Pacific,
  • VP for Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure in Global Emerging Markets.
  • Team sizes under his responsibility have ranged from 200-400 executives

Earlier roles at IBM included Director of Sales and COO for Software in Europe (Madrid), Director of Sales and Channels Asia Pacific (Shanghai), General Manager Software ASEAN/India (Singapore), as well as Director of Software Sales A/NZ (Sydney).

From the Netherlands, born in the Middle East, raised in Australia, and worked across four continents, Erik is married and has five children.

Rick Alloggia

Rick Alloggia

Managing Director INVOKE Property

Mr Rick Alloggia is the Managing Director of INVOKE Property, an independent property advisory and deal facilitation firm that provides innovative and strategic property solutions for public and private companies, & high wealth family enterprises seeking to create, sustain and realise value. INVOKE provides tailored end-to-end development management services to meet the particular needs of each client.

He was previously Executive General Manager of Celestino, a private development company, owned by the Baiada family, with a development portfolio exceeding $10bn predominantly in Western Sydney and South East Queensland.

Rick was responsible for the rezoning and delivery of several master planned communities including the Sydney Science Park at Luddenham in Western Sydney. This project will be a $5bn fully integrated community that will create more than 12,000 knowledge-based jobs, cater to over 10,000 students and be home to over 10,000 residents.

Equally, Rick oversaw the rezoning of The Gables, a 4,500 lot residential estate at Box Hill in North-West Sydney.

Rick holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of Sydney. He is a member of the Property Council of Australia, having held appointments to its NSW Divisional Council and Industry Committees.

David Chin

David Chin

Managing Director, Basis Point

David Chin is a China Futurist and founded Basis Point 20 years ago to provide insights, connections, and investment platforms for the Aus-China & Aus-Asia institutional, wholesale and high-net-worth investment community. His has become a ‘thought-leader’ in the Significant Investor Visa (SIV) and Chinese investment flows into Australia.

As a second generation Australian with a Malaysian-Chinese heritage, he is keen to facilitate greater engagement between recent Chinese/Asian migrants and expats with the wider Australian community.
His career background is in derivatives, futures and hedge funds, consulting to government and semi-government institutions and exchanges globally and in the Asia-Pacific. He was previously Head of Marketing at Sydney Futures Exchange (SFE), and is the author of Thy Fiefdom Comes, a fantasy/science fiction novel.

Nicki Hutley

Nicki Hutley

Partner, Deloitte Access Economics

Nicki Hutley is a highly experienced economist, with broad-based expertise in macro- and micro-economic modelling and analysis, gained over nearly three decades of practice in financial and investment markets and consulting.

She leads Deloitte Access Economics’ Urban Economics practice, covering issues such as social and economic infrastructure investment, intelligent cities, climate adaptation, and overcoming social disadvantage.

Her clients include all levels of government and the private sector and she is passionate about using economics to improve the quality of lives through well-reasoned policy.

Nicki is a regular commentator on economic and financial issues in the media, a frequent panellist on ABC’s The Drum, and a sought-after keynote speaker.

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