“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.