Toyota Onramp 2015 was a unique opportunity for audiences to experience the latest in smart mobility from Toyota and Silicon Valley innovators and learn how it changes our lives across work and play.

Audiences heard first hand from Silicon Valley investors, industry experts and Toyota on the future of automotive innovation and the role it plays in current and future San Francisco Bay Area living, including sustainability and urban planning.


Smart Mobility

Smart Mobility Challenge Semi-Final & Final Presentations

Attendees heard from and voted for their favorite team as they presented their innovative concepts in the hopes of winning up to $20,000 in total awarded cash prizes.

Test Drives

Vehicle Test Drives

Test drove Toyota's i-Road which is not available in the U.S. and the Mirai, a new hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle for the mass market.

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Heard from Toyota and Bay Area thought leaders who provided insight and inspiration on the future of mobility.

Smart Mobility Challenge


Jason Weiner

SEcOND place


third place


special guest


Ratna Amin


Ratna Amin is transportation policy director at SPUR, a non-profit organization that brings people together from across the political spectrum to promote good planning and government in the Bay Area. Ratna leads SPUR’s work to create a high-quality transportation system in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and the Bay Area region. Her areas of focus include public transit, land use and transportation integration and stakeholder processes.

Norwest Venture Partners

Sergio Monsalve


Sergio Monsalve is a partner at Norwest Venture Partners where he focuses on early-stage investments in marketplaces, mobile applications, on-demand applications, consumer finance and educational technologies. He also serves as a board member for several fast-growing companies, including ZIRX, the leading on-demand valet and car services company.


Yoshikazu Tanaka


Yoshikazu Tanaka, chief engineer of the Mirai, led the development of the hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle. Previously, he oversaw the development of Prius Plug-In hybrid electric vehicle. Earlier in his career, Yoshikazu was involved in the hardware and software development of automatic transmissions for the first generation Yaris as well as for rear-wheel-drive vehicles.


Akihiro Yanaka


Akihiro Yanaka, project general manager of Toyota i-Road, heads up the vehicle development. Charged with market trend research and new product and technology planning, Akihiro developed the novel, personal mobility concept that later became the i-Road. Knowing that vehicles like the i-Road could have a dramatic impact on urban planning, he also led research on and a pilot program for next-generation transportation systems. Earlier in his career, Akihiro worked in chassis hardware and software development.


Dr. Gill Pratt


Gill Pratt joined Toyota in September, 2015, after serving for 5 years as a Program Manager in the Defense Advanced Programs Agency (DARPA). At Toyota, Gill is directing new research in the field of collaborative autonomy. From 2000 to 2010, Gill was a founding professor and associate dean of faculty affairs and research at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. Prior to working at Olin, Gill was an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at MIT, where he directed the MIT Leg Laboratory.


Chuck Gulash


Chuck Gulash is currently the Director of Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center and is also involved in advanced research as part of the Toyota Research Institute of North America. He has served in a variety of roles at Toyota since joining the NA Technical Center in 1996 including Vice President of Vehicle Evaluation & Engineering and Vice President of Research & Materials Engineering before assuming his current position in 2011.


Stephen Hughes


Stephen Hughes joined Toyota in 2008 and has been with Toyota Silicon Valley since October 2015. Prior to joining the group Stephen held a variety of Strategy and Marketing roles at Toyota Motor Sales in Torrance, CA and most recently in the Digital Marketing group. Stephen has BA from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the University of Michigan. Outside of work Stephen is avid cyclist, soccer player and enjoys spending time with family and friends.