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Thursday at SAE 2016 World Congress

WARRENDALE, Pa., April 13, 2016 - Thursday at SAE 2016 World Congress

Gary Silberg, Partner, National Automotive Leader, KPMG LLP, will discuss "The Clockspeed Dilemma—What it Means for Automotive Innovation" during the opening keynote address Thursday at 9 a.m. in the AVL Technology Leadership Center.

“Car companies obey a pace—a clockspeed—required of capital-intensive powertrain plants, stamping plants, and assembly lines, to ensure cars work at Six Sigma quality every time and all the time, from -40 to +130F. Now they must also embrace a far faster clockspeed—actually, multiple faster clockspeeds,” wrote Silberg in a 2015 KPMG report. “The faster clockspeeds are the result of new players entering the ecosystem, from technology giants to start-ups. Some of the new competitors operate at a much larger economy of scale. All of them fuel customer demands for cars to be repeatedly new, exciting, and sexy while still holding to the standards of Six Sigma quality. Thus the clockspeed dilemma: the need to serve two different paces at once.”

A panel session, to follow at 9:45 a.m. on “Collaborate. Create. Commercialize. The Next Gen Supplier Network” will explore what is needed in the next-generation automotive supplier and the commercial relationships between buyers and sellers to make it happen.

• Beginning at 7:30 a.m. in the Tech Hub, the Power Breakfast is intended for women and men who support advancing women in the automotive industry and will feature a TEDx format with four short, impactful presentations, each approximately 10-15 minutes in length. Among the speakers are: Diana Tremblay, Vice President, Global Business Services, General Motors; Sonia Rief, Director of Vehicle Program Management, Nissan; and Jeff Makarewicz, Senior Vice President, Toyota.

• “Are Functions and Software Becoming More Important than Hardware in Vehicle Electronics Engineering?” will be the focus of an FEV Innovation Forum session at 9:45 a.m. An expert panel of speakers from Ford, Delphi Automotive, and General Motors will examine the issues surrounding the high levels of vehicle electronics and provide some examples of how OEMs and suppliers are preparing to overcome future challenges.

• Three Technical Expert Panel Discussions will be held today; among them a session on “Mobility Issues for an Aging Population” (10:30 a.m., Room 142 A), made up of experts from University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Clemson University, and Stanford University.

• Today’s Tech Hub sessions include “Still Driving and Still Here: The Future of Gearheads Among the Robots,” (1 p.m.) where Jason Torchinsky, artist/writer/designer and an editor for Jalopnik, will focus on how the complexity of our relationship with cars is going to become even more complicated in the age of autonomous automobiles.

• Located on the exhibit floor in the Young Professionals Lounge, Speed Mentoring will be offered today from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and a pre-banquet reception will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

• The SAE 2016 World Congress Annual Banquet at 6 p.m. in Grand Riverview Ballroom B will feature remarks by Toyota Motor Corporation Chairman of the Board Takeshi Uchiyamada. The Annual Banquet—the largest and most prestigious gathering of global automotive industry leaders—includes honors given to the top OEM and supplier executives.