HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Lawrence D. Burns, Ph.D.

Automotive and Tech World Insider


  • Driverless Cars
  • Future of Transportation, Mobility and Logistics
  • Future of Manufacturing
  • Energy Systems
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Business Strategy



Larry Burns advises organizations on the future of mobility, logistics, manufacturing, energy, and innovation. His current clients include Waymo (previously Google Self-Driving Cars), Peloton Technology, and Kitson & Partners.

Between 2010 and 2017, Larry was a Professor of Engineering Practice at the University of Michigan, the Director of the Program for Sustainable Mobility at Columbia University, and an advisor to several major companies.

Larry served as General Motors Corporate Vice President of Research & Development and Planning from 1998-2009. He was a member of GM’s top decision board and was responsible for advanced technology development, product portfolio planning, capacity planning and strategic planning.

Larry is a major voice for the reinvention of the automobile and the new age of automobility. He has championed driverless and connected vehicles, vehicle electrification, fuel cells, advanced batteries, bio-fuels, and innovative concept vehicles.

Larry’s newest book, Autonomy: The Quest to Build the Driverless Car and How it Will Reshape Our World, was published by Ecco in August, 2018. It provides the perfectly-timed history of the new age of automobility, in a character-driven and heavily reported account of the unlikely thinkers who accomplished what billion-dollar automakers never dared. Larry is also a co-author of Reinventing the Automobile: Personal Urban Mobility for the 21st Century.

A highly sought after speaker, Larry has made over 500 keynote, conference and media presentations, including broadcast news programs and investor conferences.

Larry is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and ITS America Hall of Fame. He has a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, a M.S. in Engineering / Public Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, from the General Motors Institute (now Kettering University).

He currently resides in Franklin, Michigan.