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Macomb Community College conference explores the challenges and opportunities of emerging autonomous vehicles

– Monday, April 18, 2016 12:00AM

Center for Advanced Automotive Technology event features experts from Continental, Delphi, Fiat Chrysler and University of Michigan

Macomb Community College’s Center for Advanced Automotive Technology will hold its 2016 conference, The Road to Autonomous Vehicles, on May 6, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the John Lewis Student Community Center (K Building) on Macomb’s South Campus.

The keynote speaker will be Jeff Klei, president, NAFTA region, for Continental Automotive Divisions.  His remarks will address the current state of the auto industry, including why connected and automated technology in vehicles is one of the most exciting areas of new technology.  In addition to the keynote address, three Tech Talk sessions will discuss the challenges, infrastructure needs, and cybersecurity of automated and connected vehicles.

Other featured speakers include:

  • Gary O'Brien, global director of advanced engineering and Delphi Electronics & Safety Division, who will discuss sensor fusion for automated and connected vehicles

  • Steve Buckley, senior technical fellow for electrical and electronics at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, on the challenges of automated and connected vehicle technology

  • Jim Sayer, director of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and unofficial “mayor” of the Mcity Test Facility, who will address the infrastructure requirements of automated and connected vehicle technology

The conference is for automotive industry workforce development representatives, secondary and post-secondary automotive educators, counselors and school administrators, as well as representatives from government agencies and automotive professional associations, who may attend free of charge.

Online registration is available here.  For more information, visit or call 586.445.7126.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, CAAT is a partnership between Macomb Community College and Wayne State University.  Its mission is to drive collaboration with industry, academia and government to provide a spectrum of technically focused educational resources and opportunities in areas such as vehicle electrification, materials lightweighting, and automated and connected vehicle technologies.

About Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

Media Contact: James Melton, 586.445.7271,