SAE International Meetup at PACCAR Innovation Center to Discuss Trucking Automation

SAE International will join with PACCAR, Peloton, Starsky Robotics and IKA to host a Meetup on Thursday, July 12, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the PACCAR Innovation Center in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Trucking Automation will include brief presentations from host PACCAR Innovation Center followed by Prof. Lutz Eckstein of IKA in Aachen, Peloton Technology and Starsky Robotics. Afterwardm there will be a group Q&A with the audience.

Presenters will include:
  • Paul Konasewich, Director of Business Development, PACCAR Silicon Valley
The PACCAR Silicon Valley Innovation Center is coordinating next-generation research and identifying emerging technologies that will benefit future vehicle performance. Technology areas of focus include advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), artificial intelligence, vehicle connectivity and augmented reality. The Innovation Center is also accelerating partnerships in the development of electric and hydrogen fuel cell powertrains, as well as the deployment of big data analytics. Konasewich has over 20 years of business and management experience. He currently oversees PACCAR’s engagement with cutting edge innovators in the Silicon Valley. Prior he worked for Honda on strategic alliances.
  • Prof.-Dr. Lutz Eckstein, Director of ika at RWTH Aachen University
The Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika) – Europe’s leading University institute in Automotive Engineering – is deeply involved in public-funded as well as bilateral projects for manufacturers and suppliers in automotive context. Ika was responsible for the technical implementation and operating strategies in the German national project KONVOI, focused on highway truck platooning. In the European funded research project SARTRE for mixed platoons of trucks and passenger cars, ika developed a backend for an external coordination of platoons, interfaces between the HMI and the vehicles. Professor Eckstein was appointed as the Director of the Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika) in 2010. He is chairman of the Advisory Board of fka Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrwesen mbH Aachen and fka Silicon Valley . Prior to this appointment, he worked on vehicle dynamics, active safety and driver assistance systems for Daimler-Benz AG and human-machine interfaces for BMW.
  • Rod McLane, VP of Marketing, Peloton Technology

Peloton is an automated vehicle technology company hard at work solving the two biggest challenges facing the $700 billion trucking industry: Crashes and Fuel Use. McLane has more than 20 years in high tech marketing across both Fortune 500 companies and start-ups. Prior to joining Peloton, Rod led product marketing as Senior Director of Marketing at Ayla Networks, a leading IoT platform start up in the smart home space.
  • Kartik Tiwari, CTO & Co-Founder of Starsky Robotics

Starsky Robotics is working to make trucks autonomous on the highway and remote controlled by drivers for the first and last mile. Their trucks will make roads safer while giving drivers meaningful work close to their homes and families. Tiwari co-founded Starsky Robotics and currently serves as CTO. Prior, he developed UpDroid with a partner while working on his Master’s Degree in Robotic System Development at Carnegie Mellon University.
Food and beverages will be provided. To learn more or to register, visit

When: Thursday, July 12 @ 6:30 p.m.
Where: PACCAR Innovation Center, 1277 Reamwood Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94089

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