As the group within SEMA charged with identifying and sharing information and knowledge about the latest developments in automotive technology, the Emerging Trends and Technology Network (ETTN) made education the centerpiece of its week-long activities at the Show.
ETTN sponsored five education sessions. The Monday presentation, titled “3D Printing in the Automotive Industry: How it will Benefit Your Business Power,” focused on how additive manufacturing can help aftermarket companies bring products to market more quickly, reduce cost and advance productivity.
Members attending the “Racing and Performance Forum: Keeping Technology at the Forefront,” presented on Tuesday, heard frontline leaders, experts and drivers discuss the latest technologies and innovations being used in racing and adapted to production vehicles, as well as the relevance and importance of motorsports and technology to the future of the performance industry.
The third session, “Advanced Vehicle Technology: Practice, Policy and Challenges, was held on Wednesday. The panel discussion was centered on the practices, challenges, policies and product liability considerations member companies—be they manufacturers, distributors or installers—need to be aware of to adapt and thrive in an ever-evolving automotive landscape.
Also on Wednesday, attendees had the opportunity to learn how new vehicle technologies, such as ADAS, autonomy, 3D printing processes and other factors, are changing the way cars are designed, manufactured and customized. “Automotive 4.0: New Technologies, New Opportunities” brought together leading tech experts who talked about how SEMA-member companies can compete in today’s rapidly evolving market.