UMTRI Sets Conferences On Future Of The Powertrain: The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute will meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 24 on the topic “Powertrain Strategies for the 21st Century: Advanced Powertrain and Infrastructure Challenges and Opportunities.” UM’s recent Powertrain Strategies for the 21st Century conferences have focused on how manufacturers and suppliers will meet demanding Corporate Average Fuel Economy requirements for 2016 and 2025.  This year UM will explore the relationship between the technical challenges companies face in their development of new powertrains and the infrastructure challenges (and opportunities) for each of the new technologies. Some of the key questions we will address include:  How do the manufacturers adjust their powertrain development based on infrastructure needs?  What is the relationship between the manufacturers and infrastructure providers?  What do the manufacturers and infrastructure providers consider the current infrastructure challenges each of the alternative powertrains face, and what will the challenges be over the next 5 to 10 years? What opportunities do infrastructure providers see in supporting these new powertrains? What are the tipping points where supporting infrastructure for new powertrains becomes profitable for providers? Companies or groups interested in sponsoring this conference, please contact Bruce Belzowski at or (734) 936-2704. Sponsorship Amount (Minimum $2,500). Current sponsors include Bosch Corp., the Nissan Technical Center, Denso Corp. and the UM Office of the Vice President of Research. New Conference Option: Our new system allows our foreign and local participants unable to attend the conference but who are interested in viewing the presentations to pay the registration fee for the conference, and they will receive an email when the presentations are online for viewing. The event is free to UMTRI-AAD affiliates and UM students, faculty and staff, and $200 for others. Register at, by calling Bonnie Pond at (734) 763-2466, or email

UM Sets Event On IT, Auto Industry Wednesday, Sept. 11: The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute hosts “The Business of IT:  Transforming the Organization and the Vehicle.” UM’s fifth annual conference on how IT innovation is changing the auto industry.  The first half of the conference will focus on how IT is change automotive organizations, and the second half will focus on IT’s effect on the vehicle. More at

UM Sets Event On Chinese Auto Industry Wednesday, Nov. 14: The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute hosts “Inside China: Understanding the Current and Future Chinese Automotive Industry,” UM’s sixth annual conference that brings to the audience the knowledge of people who truly know the Chinese auto industry. More at

UM Sets Event On Autonomous Vehicles, Auto Safety Wednesday, Feb. 12: The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute hosts “Automotive Safety: How Will Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Affect Automotive Safety?” This conference is a follow-up to our 2011 Automotive Safety conference.  Since that time, there has been major technological progress in the areas of connected and autonomous vehicles. This conference will review what has happened to date, and what experts see for the next 5-10 years. More at


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