SAE International Conference in Novi to Focus on Smart Mobility Technology


The SAE 2016 Convergence conference, to be held Sept. 19-20 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, will feature programs and exhibitions on technology that enables smart mobility, including electronics, embedded and off-board software, connectivity, autonomy, alternative propulsion, and modes of transport.

“We overhauled 2016 Convergence to provide a comprehensive program that provides the hottest influencers and innovators in personal mobility,” says Jim Sherman, technical conference developer for SAE International. “This year, we’re changing the event up with the biggest leaders in the autonomous, connected car space including Intel, Uber, Delphi, and others.”

In collaboration with Ford Motor Co., the conference, located at 46100 Grand River Ave., will feature keynote speeches from Elliot Garbus, vice president of the IoT Solutions Group and general manager of the Transportation Solutions Division for Intel Corp., and Sherif Marakby, vice president of Global Vehicle Programs at Uber.

Garbus will speak on how technology is changing the landscape of the automotive industry and how the convergence of technology from the car to the cloud will help to bring about substantive changes.

His keynote will also address how his company is working to prepare the industry for the future of transportation and autonomy.

Marakby will share insights on the growing number of consumers who are opting to hail a ride rather than own a car and discuss the implications for the automotive industry. His presentation will also explore how cars can be part of the solution to issues facing cities today, as well as areas for collaboration between companies like Uber, car manufacturers, and tech companies.

Connecting more than 127,000 engineers and technical experts, Troy-based SAE International is a global association that provides resources for those in the engineering industry.

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