US: SAE conference puts auto engineering front and center image

The 2015 Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress, taking place this week from Tuesday to Thursday at Detroit’s Cobo Center is pushing the latest developments of the auto-engineering sector, from driving on Mars to the next fuel economy regulations.

Around 11,000 experts in the field are expected to converge this week in Detroit, including Google chief engineer Ray Kurzweil, the guys that delivered the Acura NSX and Honda jet aircraft and other auto industry’s leading innovators. “We reached beyond our comfort zone,” comments SAE conference director Gretchen Stokes. Engineers and company executives from 50 countries around the world are expected in Detroit, with the event totaling at least 1,500 technical presentations, 1,400 technical papers and new technologies and systems from no less than 192 companies. The innovations and breakthroughs stemming from the world of the auto industry range from having a human driver in charge of the Mars Rover at NASA to Honda changing pace and instead of designing motorcycles, robots or automobiles getting its hands on the executive jet sector.

While the driver of the Mars Rover will talk about driving a vehicle from millions of miles away, an FBI cybersecurity expert will discuss car cyberhacking or Honda will showcase its Uni-Cub mobility device; experts are also gathered to shed light on the US fuel efficiency standard that takes effect in 2025 and calls for a fleet wide average fuel consumption of 54.5 miles per gallon. “We’ll discuss three key areas: downsizing engines, electrification and the electronic horizon,” comments Kregg Wiggins, senior vice president of parts maker Continental.