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What's happening at ComVEC today? (Wednesday)

WARRENDALE, Pa., Oct. 7, 2015 -

The Annual Industry Keynote address will be provided by SAE 2015 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress Co-Chair Dan Sobic, Executive Vice President of PACCAR Inc., today at 11:30 a.m. as part of the Awards Luncheon.

Lunch will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and the keynote and awards ceremony will go from 12:15-1:30 p.m. in Rooms: 44/46/48/50/51. Awards to be presented include the SAE/AEM Outstanding Young Engineer Award, Sid Olsen Engineering Executive of the Year Award, Forest R. McFarland Award, and the results of the student paper competition will be announced.

• The day will open with the 60th Annual L. Ray Buckendale Lecture & Breakfast Reception (7:45-9:15 a.m., Room 21) presented by Richard Wood, President, SOLUS-Solutions and Technologies LLC, who will present his paper "Reynolds Number Impact on Commercial Vehicle Aerodynamics and Performance."

• The executive management panel “Greenhouse Gas Legislation,” will follow from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Room 42/43/45/47. The panel, made up of representatives from the Union of Concerned Scientists, PACCAR Engines, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Daimler Trucks North America LLC, Cummins Inc., and International Council on Clean Transport, will discuss the goals and challenges of the forthcoming greenhouse gas legislation for on-highway commercial vehicles. They will discuss the challenges with regard to technology and delivery of results, contrasted with the needs of the government and community for a reduction in greenhouse gases.

• There will also be a series of Expert Panel Discussions held throughout the day.

Electronic Stability Control and Beyond,” (Room 25, 1:30-3:30 p.m. and 4-5:30 p.m.) will feature panelists from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, NHTSA, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, and Navistar discussing reviews several of the new technologies and their respective regulation, interface with passenger car/light truck vehicles, and impact on the commercial vehicle industry.

Active Safety Systems—Integration Synergy for Safe Autonomous Driver Assistance Systems” (Room 32, 4-5:30 p.m.) bring together experts from Peterbilt, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, WABCO North America, Transportation Research Center Inc., and Daimler to discuss the recent developments and challenges going forward in the application of advanced safety systems for commercial vehicles.


Updating J817” (Room 31, 4-5:30 p.m.) will address the business benefits of the J817 serviceability index standard to help engineering organizations make appropriate cost/benefit analysis of adopting it. Panelists will include representatives from Caterpillar Inc., Softing Automotive Electronics Gmbh, and John Deere World Headquarters.

Opportunities, Regulations and Approaches to Larger-Scale Introduction of Natural Gas for Commercial Vehicle Applications” (Room 24, 1:30-3:30 p.m.) will address current/planned commercial vehicle-related regulations and how natural gas applications can subsequently address both the technical and economic challenges. The containment, transportation, and distribution aspects of natural gas in the commercial vehicle environment will also be discussed by the panel, made up of experts from the University of Michigan, Detroit Diesel Corp., Westport Innovations Inc., U.S. EPA, and Navistar.

Panelists from General Electric Aviation, Exa Corp., Peterbilt Motors Co., and SOLUS-Solutions and Technologies LLC  taking part in the “Plenary: Commercial Vehicle Aerodynamic Standards” (Room 27, 1:30-3:30 p.m.) will discuss current and work-in-progress SAE aerodynamic and fuel use standards with the goal of providing insight into ongoing efforts and opportunities to discuss future needs.