SEMA Vehicle Technology - Vehicle Technology Center

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Vehicle Technology CenterOne of the new and exciting elements of our SEMA Vehicle Technology strategyis to create the Vehicle Technology Center (VTC) at the SEMA Show.The Vehicle Technology Center is being created for our members. It is an investment in SEMA’s collective future. The VTC will showcase SEMA’s vehicle technology programs and partners and the benefits to members.

The VTC and its Tech-Zones are being designed to reinforce our efforts to appeal to emerging-technology enthusiasts and bring greater focus, urgency and performance aftermarket relevance to our advanced-technology offerings. We also want to put vehicle technology on the front lines, similar to what GM and Ford have done recently with the creation of new chief technology officer positions.

While Google’s autonomous vehicles have been cruising the streets and highways of the San Francisco Bay Area for the past two years and have logged more than 250,000 miles, the goal isn’t to eliminate human driving but rather to make it safer. Autonomous and connected-vehicle technologies, combined with mobile and consumer electronics, have extended far beyond the vehicle itself. Cars that communicate with each other are already on the road, but what will it take to get consumers really interested in vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) capabilities?

This summer, the government is launching a year-long test involving nearly 3,000 specially equipped cars, trucks and buses in Ann Arbor, Michigan. These vehicles sense each other wirelessly and warn their drivers about impending collisions, often before the other vehicle is in sight. In an even more extreme example, cars may someday soon drive themselves. As part of a pilot project, Google Inc. has equipped cars with sophisticated 360-degree sensors and computers that never get distracted or tired.

SEMA’s Connected-Vehicle Technology Keynote will be presented by Anthony Levandowski, product manager for Google’s Self-Driving Car Technology, on Wednesday, October 31, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the VTC Theater. This session will explore the market opportunities for V2V devices and services and help SEMA members understand how they can leverage new technologies and business opportunities in integrating consumer and automotive electronics.

SEMA Show Location
Grand Lobby

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