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Automotive research conference series kicks off in September

August 17, 2016

The UMTRI Automotive Futures group will host the 8th annual Focus on the Future Automotive Research Conference Series, which runs from September 2016 through July 2017. 

The first event in the series, The Future of Automotive IT: Driving Organizations, Vehicle Development, and Autonomous Vehicles, is set for September 14 at the University of Michigan (Michigan Union, Kuenzel Room). The conference will focus on the role that information technology (IT) plays in the vehicle, in the corporation, and even in the structure of the automotive industry. IT continues to be the key enabling technology for company strategy, R&D, product development, manufacturing, sales and marketing, and even the aftermarket. 

When it comes to the future of industry, vehicle IT is the backbone of all advanced powertrain, safety, and connected and autonomous vehicle technologies, as well as nearly all the new mobility platforms. The conference will touch on many of these issues, as presenters discuss current and future trends in automotive IT, but dialogue will also cover some of the limits of IT in the Internet of Things, Big Data, and the more complex vehicle IT systems, such as safety, autonomy and new mobility

For details and registration, see The Future of Automotive IT Conference

Upcoming Events 

November 9, 2016:  Inside China: Understanding China’s Current and Future Automotive Industry.  The Chinese auto industry--the largest automotive market in the world--is such a unique market that it demands that we continue to examine both its current and future trends from a variety of perspectives including consumer choice, marketing, product development, government support and regulations, alternative energy, automotive research and development, industry structure, labor, economic impact, and manufacturing.  

February 15, 2017: New Mobility Conference.  Our third annual New Mobility conference in collaboration with UM-SMART will investigate mobility as a service and transportation business models that support sustainability as well as transport. 

April 12, 2017: The University of Michigan and the Japanese Automotive Industry: A 35 Year Partnership. In Celebration of U-M’s 200th Anniversary, UMTRI Automotive Futures and the U-M Japan Center will host this conference that examines the past, present, and future relationship of the Japanese auto industry to the United States and the University of Michigan.

July 19, 2017: Powertrain Strategies for the 21st Century.  Our 9th annual conference focuses on major issues related to the future of powertrains.  This conference is also the place to hear the results of our annual Powertrain Strategies for the 21st Century expert survey that estimates powertrain technology penetration for 2020 and 2025.