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Media Alert: SAE 2008 World Congress Notes

WARRENDALE, Pa., April 11, 2008 -

  • Special 75th Anniversary Session to Open SAE World Congress
  • The Sound of Music…robot style
  • Session Pays Tribute to Automotive History
  • Congress Attendee to Win Dodge Nitro

Special 75th Anniversary Session to Open SAE World Congress
Seventy-five years of the SAE World Congress being held in Detroit will be celebrated during a special opening session on the show floor at Cobo Center on Monday, April 14 at 9:45 a.m. – Good photo op.

The Sound of Music…Robot Style
Toyota ’s Partner Robot will be prowling the floor of the SAE World Congress, showing off its many talents. Developed to contribute in four target fields – nursing and medical, housekeeping, manufacturing and short-range personal mobility – Partner Robot combines industrial robot technologies with the latest control technologies used in automobiles.

Toyota Partner Robot also plays the trumpet. It has artificial lips and lungs that work together to replicate the vibration of a human mouth. The robot operates the valves on the trumpet with fingers that have human-like dexterity. It currently plays 13 tunes, a few of which include Love of the Heart (I Just Called To Say I Love You), What a Wonderful World, an Anime medley and a Disney medley.

Session Pays Tribute to Automotive History
The SAE Mobility History Committee is holding a session to commemorate the 100th anniversary of General Motors and the Ford Model T.

The session, "Exciting Developments in the World of Mobility History," will take place Tuesday, April 15, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., in Cobo Center room W2-67. 

Presenters include: John Bluth, Public Relations Chair, National Automotive History Collection; Robert Casey, John and Horace Dodge Curator of Transportation, The Henry Ford; Lawrence R. Gustin, Former Editor, The Flint Journal; Uwe Grebe, Executive Director, Advanced Engineering, GM Powertrain; Charles Amann, KAB Engineering; Willem L. Weertman, Retired Chief Engineer, Engine Engineering, Chrysler LLC.

Congress Attendee to Win Dodge Nitro
The winner will be selected in a random drawing held Thursday, April 17, at 12:30 p.m., on the exhibit floor at Cobo Center. 

For more information on the SAE 2008 World Congress and/or to obtain press credentials, send your request to or call 1-248-273-4092.