11th April, 2017


What does it mean for SA?

General Information

Adept Technology hosts its inaugural business leaders breakfast at The Lion Hotel on Tuesday 11th April, 2017 with guest speakers.

  • Rita Excell (Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative)
  • David Stewart (Cohda Wirelss)


Rita Excell

Rita Excell

Executive Director - Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative

The SA-based Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI), is the national leader bringing together industry, government and academia to harness the driverless vehicle revolution. Rita Excell, Executive Director – ADVI, will update us about the opportunities being created for South Australians, highlighting some of the key social, economic and business factors that will drive the introduction of this technology in South Australia.
David Stewart

David Stewart

APAC Sales Director - Codha Wireless

David will provide important insights into the ways in which industry is developing innovative IP and investing in future technologies in readiness for the inevitable next generation of vehicles.

Post Event

Adept had the pleasure of hosting nearly 50 people at its inaugural business breakfast.

After the event, the CEO of Adept commented “Rita & David’s presentations clearly resonated with those present.  Their messages provided a timely reminder there is ample opportunity for innovation and collaboration in the future autonomous vehicle sector both now and in the coming years. My hope is that the vibrant conversations at the end of the event were the beginnings of new business relationships that will help secure South Australia’s economic future.”

It was an inspiring event and on that is very much aligned to our mission: to contribute to the future sustainability of SA’s ICT economy. After such a successful morning, we are excited to host another business event in July and look forward to seeing you there.


Rita Excell - ADVI

Rita spoke about the tremendous opportunities that await South Australian companies who embrace this game-changing technology. Rita spoke of ADVI’s mission to accelerate the introduction of driverless vehicles into Australia and New Zealand. ADVI coordinates collaboration between nearly 100 partners across technology, vehicle, insurance, community, research organisations etc and including nearly 20 partners from South Australia. Rita spoke of the technological achievements and the obvious benefits to personal and commercial transportation and safety, but also gave the audience an appreciation to the wider impacts such as empowering sections of the communities that have never been able to get in a car and enjoy the benefits that we do – e.g the vision impaired and disabled.

David Stewart - Codha Wireless

David Stewart from Cohda Wireless – a world leader in “Vehicle to Anything” (V2X) communication – then demonstrated what a South Australian company can do with the right leadership, vision and environment. Cohda is a South Australian success story that provides technology that is unique across the world. David talked of the numerous global initiatives, from the new General Motors Chevrolet incorporating Cohda’s V2V connectivity to the massive underground Rio Tinto mine where Cohda is connecting underground vehicles, assets and infrastructure.

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