This is certainly a challenging time to work in the automotive industry, and Detroit is still at the center of all things automotive. While the expectations for the industry even globally have never been greater, SAE International has responded by reinventing the SAE 2010 Congress.
It’s meeting in Detroit this year will kick off a new attitude that will help engineers respond to the increased demand on their creativity and skills. Changes to the congress will include features and events as follow:
- Session keynotes will kickoff every technology track session
- Expanded Q&A in the technical sessions
- Chats with the Experts – discussion groups
- Innovators only exhibitions – featuring 50-70 companies who met the standards
- SAE Standards Hot Spot
- Daily receptions on the floor
- Ride and Drive events
In addition, the congress will especially address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in both near and long term perspectives.
Near Term Powertrain Solutions – 2016
According to the documentation at the SAE website, light-duty vehicle manufacturers selling in the U.S. market face a very aggressive timetable by NHTSA and the EPA for fuel economy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions regulations. In respeonse, this year’s congress will discuss those regulations in depth.
For example: Although the regulations propose different values for various vehicle footprints, the average GHG emissions must be 250 grams/mile which translates into 35.5 mpg if all manufacturers meet the GHG reductions through fuel economy improvements. Given the normal product planning cycle for light-duty vehicles and powertrains, manufacturers need to react very quickly to meet those targets. The panel will discuss how the regulation will be met with technology modifications to existing products, new powertrain systems and other solutions.
Far Term Powertrain Solutions—2016 and Beyond
The SAE documentation for the event also states that 2016 regulations will demand the immediate attention of the manufacturers, but the longer term national goal of 80% reduction of GHG emissions by 2050 will require radical changes to vehicle design, infrastructure and life style.
Panelists representing a wide variety of interests will discuss their thoughts on what the future powertrain system will look like after 2016 and beyond. In addition, other steps that may be necessary to meet the goal by 2050 will also be discussed.
Examiner Final Comments
As a former design engineer and now as a media person, I will cover this event from the automotive technology perspective. My request for media credentials are in process; I’m just waiting to hear. Stay tuned for more Detroit Automotive Technology Examiner coverage.