Detroit, Michigan is well known as the Motor City and the heart of the American automotive industry. The state’s rich automotive history includes Henry Ford’s use of the assembly line in manufacturing automobiles first used on the Model-T. This model for mass production was subsequently adapted by other industries and revolutionized manufacturing. Today, the automotive industry is experiencing a new revolution that will drive the future of mobility in new directions as vehicle and transportation technologies evolve in ways that would have been hard to imagine just a few years ago. And once again, Michigan is leading the way.

Behind the industry’s push toward electrification and automation, lighter-weight materials, and connecting vehicles to their passengers and surroundings, is the desire to increase safety, make transportation more affordable and convenient, provide new transportation options to better suit the needs of today’s driver’s and those unable to drive themselves, and reduce emissions and their impact on the environment. Simultaneously, technology-enabled services for ride-sharing and car-sharing are providing new options to get passengers from one point to the next, often with nothing more than a phone in hand.

This convergence of technology-driven innovation requires us to explore the changing landscape of mobility and consider the new and unique challenges of testing autonomous vehicles. Will traditional physical testing take a back seat to cutting-edge computerized simulation testing with its promise of bringing the future to us sooner with greater safety and less expense? The conference will explore how automakers are looking at the future of mobility and testing vehicles for an endless array of possible driving scenarios, and how technical training will need to adapt and change.


2018 Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT) Conference

Testing Tomorrow’s Autonomous Vehicles Today

April 20, 2018 ยป 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Macomb Community College
South Campus, K building

The event will also include a segment on some of the many STEM Activities offered in southeast Michigan.

Click here to view the agenda for the 2018 CAAT Conference.

Target Audience

The conference is targeted to automotive industry representatives and secondary and post-secondary automotive educators, counselors, and administrators. Representatives from automotive-related government and professional organizations are also encouraged to attend.

Keynote Speaker

Carla Bailo
President and CEO, Center for Automotive Research

Featured Speakers

Andrew Smart
Chief Technical Officer, American Center for Mobility

Jace Allen
Business Development Manager, Simulaton, Test, and Electrical/Electronics Data Management
dSpace Inc.

Michele Economou Ureste
Executive Director, Workforce Intelligence Network

Robert Feldmaier
Director, Center for Advanced Automotive Technology
Macomb Community College


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