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Chris Gerdes

Chris Gerdes

Keynote Speaker: Director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford

Chris Gerdes Biography

Chris Gerdes is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Emeritus, at Stanford University and Co-Director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS). His laboratory studies how cars move, how humans drive cars and how to design future cars that work cooperatively with the driver or drive themselves. He can often be found at the racetrack with students, trying out their latest prototypes for the future.

Vehicles in the lab include X1, an entirely student-built test vehicle; Niki, a Volkswagen GTI capable of turning a competitive lap time around the track without a human driver; and Marty, our electrified, automated, drifting DeLorean.

Gerdes' interests in vehicle safety extend to ethics and government policy, having helped to develop the US Federal Automated Vehicle Policy while serving as the first Chief Innovation Officer of the US Department of Transportation. He also serves as Safety Advisor to Ford Next.

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Chris Gerdes Speaking Topics

How safe is safe enough?

How safe should automated vehicles be? While there are numerous answers to this question, one in particular stands out – the answer implicit in our current traffic code and legal system. Looking at automated vehicles from the perspective of the Duty of Care placed on human drivers, we can derive engineering requirements for safe roads and even resolve the troublesome “Trolley Car” problem. Going further, experiments from the track suggest that future cars will be able to handle emergency maneuvers with the skill of a race driver. Taken together, we can envision automated vehicles that always uphold their duty to others and do their best to avoid crashes when others aren’t so careful.

Chris Gerdes Videos

MIT 6.S094: Chris Gerdes (Stanford) on Technology, Policy and...
Chris Gerdes: The future race car -- 150mph, and no driver
Chris Gerdes, "Who Will Be Driving on the Highway of the Future ...

How to book Chris Gerdes?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Chris Gerdes for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Chris Gerdes, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Chris Gerdes or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Chris Gerdes?

Booking fees for Chris Gerdes, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Chris Gerdes, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Chris Gerdes?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Chris Gerdes for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Chris Gerdes for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Chris Gerdes or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Chris Gerdes or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Chris Gerdes is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including TED, Motorsports and Manufacturing. The estimated speaking fee range to book Chris Gerdes for live events is $20,000 - $30,000, and for virtual events $10,000 - $20,000. Chris Gerdes generally travels from Berkeley, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Alex Salkever, Ayesha Khanna and Richard Yonck. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Chris Gerdes for an upcoming event.

Chris Gerdes Speaking Topics

  • How safe is safe enough?

    How safe should automated vehicles be? While there are numerous answers to this question, one in particular stands out – the answer implicit in our current traffic code and legal system. Looking at automated vehicles from the perspective of the Duty of Care placed on human drivers, we can derive engineering requirements for safe roads and even resolve the troublesome “Trolley Car” problem. Going further, experiments from the track suggest that future cars will be able to handle emergency maneuvers with the skill of a race driver. Taken together, we can envision automated vehicles that always uphold their duty to others and do their best to avoid crashes when others aren’t so careful.

Chris Gerdes Videos

MIT 6.S094: Chris Gerdes (Stanford) on Technology, Policy and...
Chris Gerdes: The future race car -- 150mph, and no driver
Chris Gerdes, "Who Will Be Driving on the Highway of the Future ...
Car Talk: Autonomous Vehicles & Future of Energy - FORA.tv

Chris Gerdes Reviews

  • Sapphire Ventures - Oct 20 2017

How to book Chris Gerdes?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Chris Gerdes for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Chris Gerdes, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Chris Gerdes or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Chris Gerdes?

Booking fees for Chris Gerdes, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Chris Gerdes, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Chris Gerdes?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Chris Gerdes for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Chris Gerdes for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Chris Gerdes or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Chris Gerdes or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Chris Gerdes is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including TED, Motorsports and Manufacturing. The estimated speaking fee range to book Chris Gerdes for live events is $20,000 - $30,000, and for virtual events $10,000 - $20,000. Chris Gerdes generally travels from Berkeley, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Alex Salkever, Ayesha Khanna and Richard Yonck. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Chris Gerdes for an upcoming event.

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