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Monday, 7 April, 2014 11:58 PM

NHTSA Chief Counsel Kevin Vincent Will Deliver Opening Keynote Address at SAE World Congress

Photo credit: NHTSA
Photo credit: Michigan.gov

Kevin Vincent and Gov. Rick Snyder are the keynote speakers for the 2014 SAE World Congress.

 

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WARRENDALE, Pa. -- Mr. Kevin Vincent, Chief Counsel for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), will be the featured speaker during the Grand Opening of the SAE 2014 World Congress. Mr. Vincent is replacing Acting Administrator David Friedman, who is not able to attend the event.

Mr. Vincent will speak at on Tuesday, April 8 at 8:30 a.m. in the AVL Technology Leadership Center at Cobo Center in Detroit. The SAE World Congress will run April 8-10. Also scheduled to speak during the Grand Opening will be Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, who became the state’s 48th governor when he was sworn into office on Jan. 1, 2011. Helmut List, Chairman, AVL, also will provide remarks during the opening ceremonies.

Hyundai will serve as Host Company; and Tier One Strategic Partner for the event is Delphi. With a theme of “Creating New Possibilities,” the SAE 2014 World Congress assembles the best talent in the automotive industry; experts, management teams, engineers, and executives alike gather to collaborate and address these current challenges, celebrate evolution and achievement over the last 100+ years, and promote the multitude of opportunities fundamental for a successful future.

For more information about the SAE 2014 World Congress, visit http://www.sae.org/congress/.

SAE International is a global association committed to being the ultimate knowledge source for the engineering profession. By uniting over 138,000 engineers and technical experts, we drive knowledge and expertise across a broad spectrum of industries. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our philanthropic SAE Foundation, including programs like A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™.

Middle School Students Set to Take Part in SAE International's AWIM Motorized Toy Car Competition at Cobo Center in Detroit

More than 150 middle school students from Detroit area schools will participate in the 3rd Annual A World In Motion® (AWIM) International Motorized Toy Car Competition, Tuesday, April 8 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in Hall B (Macomb Hall), Cobo Center, Detroit.

The Motorized Toy Challenge, which is hosted by SAE International and sponsored by Honeywell, is set up as a friendly competition where students (in Engineering Design Teams of three or four) compete in a variety of engineering design competitions that demonstrate the classroom-based AWIM experience they have engaged in for the weeks leading up to the competition.

The schools scheduled to participate include:

- Archdiocese of Detroit – St. Edith School
- Detroit Public Schools – Burton International Academy

- Detroit Public Schools – Keidan

- Detroit Public Schools – Gompers Elementary/Middle

- Detroit Public Schools – Dixon

- Detroit Public Schools – Greenfield Union Elementary/Middle

- Detroit Public Schools – Mackenzie

- Michigan State Department of Education - Indus Center for Academic Excellence
For more information about the 3rd AWIM International Motorized Toy Car Competition, visit http://www.awim.org/events/motorizedtoy_challenge/.

 

500+ Elementary Students Will Participate in SAE International's AWIM Jet Toy Competition Next Week at Cobo Center in Detroit

More than 500 elementary school students from Detroit area schools will participate in the 8th Annual A World In Motion® (AWIM) International Jet Toy Competition, Wednesday, April 9 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in Hall B (Macomb Hall), Cobo Center, Detroit.

The International Jet Toy Competition, which is hosted by SAE International and sponsored by Johnson Controls, BOSCH, Kia, TRW and Pure Michigan, set up as a friendly competition where students (in Engineering Design Teams of 4) compete in distance, accuracy, weight carrying and timed events.

The schools scheduled to participate include:

Anderson District 3 Starr Elementary
Anderson One School District Wren Elementary
Arch Diocese of Detroit St. Edith Elementary
Arch Diocese of Detroit St. Michael-Livonia
Detroit Public School District Bunche Elementary
Detroit Public School District Golightly Education Center
Detroit Public School District Harms Elementary
Detroit Public School District Hutchinson Elementary/Middle
Detroit Public School District Carver STEM Academy
Detroit Public School District Emerson Elementary
Detroit Public School District Gompers Elementary/Middle
Detroit Public School District Mann Elementary
Detroit Public School District Munger Elementary
Detroit Public School District Thirkell Elementary
Detroit Public School District Cooke Elementary
Detroit Public School District Mackenzie Elementary
Detroit Public School District Greenfield Union Elementary/Middle
Fox Point-Bayside School District Bayside Middle School
Livonia Public Schools Cooper Upper Elementary
National Heritage Academy Canton Achieve Charter Academy
Plymouth Canton Community Schools Smith Elementary
Plymouth Canton Community Schools Bird Elementary
School District of Pickens County Forest Acres Elementary
South Redford School District Addams Elementary
South Redford School District Fisher Elementary

For more information about the 8th Annual A World In Motion® (AWIM) International Jet Toy Competition, visit http://www.awim.org/events/jettoy_challenge/.

 

 

Detroit-area Students to Participate in SAE International's AWIM International Fuel Cell Competition during SAE World Congress

School students from across Detroit participate in the 4th Annual A World In Motion® (AWIM) International Fuel Cell Competition, Thursday, April 10 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in Hall B (Macomb Hall), Cobo Center, Detroit.

The International Fuel Cell Competition, which is hosted by SAE International and sponsored by the GM Foundation, is set up as a friendly competition where students (in Engineering Design Teams of 3 or 4) compete in distance, accuracy, weight carrying and speed events.

The schools scheduled to participate include:

Detroit Public Schools Clippert Academy
Detroit Public Schools Golightly Education Center
Archdiocese of Detroit St. Edith School
Archdiocese of Detroit St. Michael-Livonia
Detroit Country Day School Detroit Country Day School
Detroit Public Schools Emerson Elementary
Detroit Public Schools Gompers Elementary/Middle School
Detroit Public Schools Munger Elementary
Detroit Public Schools Keidan Education Center
Detroit Public Schools Davison Elementary/Middle School
Detroit Public Schools Greenfield Union Elementary/Middle

For more information about the 4th Annual A World In Motion® (AWIM) International Fuel Cell Competition, visit http://www.awim.org/events/fuelcell_challenge/.

 

Ride & Drive

In 2013, 25 vehicles saw over 1,500 riders with eager attendees waiting for up to an hour for their opportunity to drive the Ford Focus EV, Cadillac SRX, Fiat 500e, and many of the other participating OEMs' and suppliers' vehicles.


We are thrilled to report that we expect the same enthusiasm around the Ride & Drive event for 2014. We've even moved the Ride & Drive next to the Exhibit Floor for a more integrated approach for attendees.
Ride and Drive is open to all registered attendees of SAE 2014 World Congress.


Dates and Times:
Tuesday, April 8 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 9 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 10 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Vehicles provided by multiple OEMs and suppliers will showcase innovative technologies such as advanced propulsion, recent launches, and specialty or halo vehicles. All vehicles are test driven on a 10 minute course-this is one aspect of World Congress that you don't want to miss!

Participating OEMs and Suppliers as of 4.1.14:

  • Hyundai Motor Company - featuring the 2014 Hyundai Tuscon FCEV, 2015 Hyundai Genesis
  • Ford Motor Company - 2014 Fusion Plug-In, 2014 CMAX Hybrid, 2014 Focus Electric
  • Bosch - featuring the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2014 Chevrolet Cruze
  • Controlled Power Technologies - featuring the 2014 VW Passat 1.4 Grey, 2014 VW Passat 1.4 Silver
  • Haartz Corp. - featuring 2014 Audi A5 Cabrio, 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Softtop
  • Magna International - featuring 2014 Land Rover
  • Linamar- 2012 Cadillac SRX
  • Chrysler- Ram Laramie Limited, Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Diesel, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk, Fiat 500L, Chrysler 200s, Chrysler 200c, Dodge Dart GT, Fiat 500e, Challenger RT, Scat Pack Challenger
  • General Motors- Chevrolet Impala, Buick Regal
  • Honda- 2014 Acura MDX, 2014 Honda Civic EX

For more information, visit https://www.sae.org/congress/attend/special-events/ridedrive.htm

 

FEV exhibits innovative plug-in hybrid transmission at SAE World Congress

Downsizing, hybridization requires new thinking in transmission development and FEV's transmission development capability delivers

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- FEV North America, Inc. a leading developer of advanced powertrain and vehicle system technologies will be exhibiting its most recent transmission design advancements at the SAE World Congress, April 8 – 10, 2014 at Cobo Center in Detroit, Mich.

Engine downsizing for increased fuel efficiency and reduced emissions, either alone or as part of an extended range hybrid system, has led to challenges for transmission developers who are being asked to provide higher levels of capability in a smaller package that can be used in a downsized engine compartment. At the same time, it is desirable to reduce mechanical complexity and increase robustness. FEV has used a clean sheet approach to develop a transmission with such capability.

The plug-in hybrid transmission's capabilities include 2-speed pure electric driving mode, use as an ICE range extender in parallel mode for efficient highway driving, and a highly flexible eCVT mode (power split) that features excellent launch performance without clutch slippage. The transmission does not use a torque converter and includes only one electric machine.

FEV's transmission design process was supported by advanced CAE methods. The TCU software was developed in-house; the calibration was optimized via FEV's proprietary TOPexpert tool chain. The result is a state-of-the-art transmission that is low in complexity, yet enables a high degree of vehicle functionality including the following:

  • Electric drive mode with two ratios
  • Full hybrid functionality including e-boost and regen
  • Superior launch performance using either ICE or e-motor
  • Creep behavior similar to conventional automatic transmissions
  • Excellent fuel economy enabled by elimination of torque converter and use of a highly efficient parallel mode of operation

Use of FEV's systematic development process and CAE methods resulted in a transmission that is 10 percent lighter, shorter and less costly to manufacture than a similar dual-clutch transmission. The transmission is package-neutral and offers very low complexity and a high degree of robustness. Testing included putting the transmission through FEV's extreme dynamic "Nurburgring" test cycle for sports car performance.

Source: FEV / Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

Watch the SAE 2014 World Congress Trailer

 


 

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The first-ever A World in Motion Fuel Cell Olympics was held at the SAE World Congress in 2011.

 

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Students building fuel cell vehicles

 

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