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WCX – Detroit 2019

By on May 1, 2019

WCX World Congress Experience, formerly known as the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) World Congress, takes place annually at the beginning of April in the Cobo Centre in Detroit. This year was no exception.  From April 9-11th, this highly anticipated event attracted engineers, executives, OEMs, distributors, suppliers, decision makers, automotive engineering students and automotive journalists and some financial experts from all over the world. It was three full days of exhibits, networking, and expert-led technical education.

This year at the Cobo Centre more than 10,000 people took part in WCX 2019. Well known car companies such as NASA, AAM, GM, Ford, Toyota, FCA, Hyundai,and  Nissan were represented as well as AVL, Denso, Horiba, FEV,  C& U Bearing, Yinlun TDI  LLS (in picture below Santo Militello points to Poland’s subdivision of Yinlin China),  AK Steel and Gama Technology among numerous others.

There were two keynote speakers : Charles V. Payne, the founder and CEO of Wall Street Strategies, whose stock selections reap sizable profits for his subscribers and viewers; and Erez Dagan, Executive Vice President of  Products and Strategy, Mobileye and Vice President, Intel Corporation.

Besides being widely recognized in the media sphere, Payne knows the stock market and its politics. He is also the best-selling author of “Be Smart, Act Fast, Get Rich”. Payne shared how investors should look at the impacts of regulation, insurance, customer acceptance on technology development  and deployment. He also gave a brief evaluation of mobility as seen by Wall Street Strategies along with new economic opportunities and investments such as a new initial public offering (IPO) in the mobility as a service (MAAS) industry with its challenges and opportunities in the future.

Dagan is responsible for Mobileye’s Autonomous Driving (AD) and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) products portfolio, strategic planning and initiatives, advanced development projects department, and the Sensors-fusion  R& D group. He discussed human-to-automated safety progressions and explored the roles of various technology suppliers. He examined the roles of the public and regulation bodies in the critical articulation and alignment of safety-expectations and the technology required to cater to these expectations while introducing a safety framework that bridges the two.

An important event at the WCX Experience 2019 was the Leadership Summit, where experts discussed the links between business and technology in this unique venue. In specialized roundtable discussions, participants gained key insights from executives on the critical business issues driving quality, performance, safety, design, development and cost optimization of mobility. Leaders addressed critical business issues surrounding technology development that affects vehicle design and deployment strategies. There was also a round table discussion entitled: New mobility-Women Leading Disruptive Innovation. This was followed by a few interesting tech talks led by industry experts and was mostly dedicated to autonomous vehicles, the effect on oil pricing, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.

Collaborative thinking is the key  to evolution of any industry. Through WCX, SAE International embraces collaboration, encourages all attendees and companies to share their voice, and engage in collaborative learning – all with a shared goal of moving the industry forward to a prosperous future!

The future of mobility is constantly in motion, and nowhere is the spirit of innovation and exploration more evident than at the WCX World Congress Experience..

SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial – vehicle industries. Its’ core competencies are lifelong learning and voluntary consensus standards development. (www.sae.org)

Arleta Sziler
The Windsor and Detroit  Area
April 2019