SAE World Congress Focuses on Efficiency

Detroit News - April 16, 2013

“Achiev­ing Effi­cien­cy” is the prime focus at the SAE World Con­gress held in Detroit this week, as automak­ers work to meet upcom­ing CAFÉ stan­dards.

Get details on the sub­jects dis­cussed by experts at the annu­al con­fer­ence in Detroit.

Thou­sands of engi­neers and tech­ni­cal experts descend on Detroit begin­ning today for this year’s Soci­ety of Auto­mo­tive Engi­neers Inter­na­tion­al World Con­gress.

Among the issues on the minds of those behind the next gen­er­a­tion of auto­mo­biles  are autonomous cars, fuel-effi­cien­cy gains and oth­er “game chang­ers” fac­ing the indus­try.

The theme for this year’s con­fer­ence, which runs through Thurs­day at Cobo Cen­ter, is “Achiev­ing Effi­cien­cy,” not just through vehi­cle upgrades to improve fuel econ­o­my, but also the abil­i­ty of the auto indus­try to work togeth­er to get the most out of its tal­ent base. The con­ver­sa­tion about effi­cien­cy will take place in many forms.

The com­pe­ti­tion between steel and alu­minum will be a top­ic of dis­cus­sion as automak­ers attempt to light­en the weight of vehi­cles to meet ris­ing fed­er­al fuel effi­cien­cy stan­dards.

The fed­er­al government’s Cor­po­rate Aver­age Fuel Econ­o­my or CAFE stan­dards call for automak­ers to achieve a fleetwide miles per gal­lon aver­age of 54.5 miles per gal­lon by 2025; a Thurs­day forum will dis­cuss which tech­nolo­gies — whether it be inter­nal com­bus­tion engines, hybrids, plug-ins or elec­tric cars — seem to be gain­ing trac­tion as automak­ers deal with CAFE and high fuel prices.

And experts will dis­cuss con­sumer trends, self-dri­ving vehi­cles and dri­ver dis­trac­tion.

More than 10,000 rep­re­sen­ta­tives from automak­ers, sup­pli­ers, the aca­d­e­m­ic world and gov­ern­ments attend the SAE’s annu­al World Con­gress.

Speak­ers this year include Ser­gio Mar­chionne, chair­man and CEO of Chrysler Group LLC, who will deliv­er the keynote address, and Bob Lutz, for­mer vice chair­man of Gen­er­al Motors Co. Both will both speak Thurs­day.

Mary Nichols, chair­man of the Cal­i­for­nia Air Resources Board, will give today’s open­ing address.

Sem­i­nars includ­ed in the event will cov­er Green Mobil­i­ty, Vehi­cle Dynam­ics, Man­age­ment & Leadership/Management & Prod­uct Devel­op­ment, Safety/Accident Recon­struc­tion, Hybrid/EV Devel­op­ment, Human Fac­tors and Ergonomics/Human and Machine Inter­face.

 

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