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The Economic Impacts of International Automakers in America (10/20/2022)

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Each year, Autos Drive America and the American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA) compile an economic impact report to highlight international automakers and nameplate dealers’ positive impact in the U.S. While automakers and dealers were not immune to the unprecedented challenges many industries faced throughout 2021, the latest report shows international automakers and nameplate dealers in the U.S. continued driving the American economy forward, just like it has for the past 60 years.

In 2021 international automakers saw significant increases across jobs, production, sales, and exports. Importantly, international automakers increased their cumulative investments in the U.S. to over $100 billion. With announcements of new assembly lines, new manufacturing facilities, and new research and design hubs right here in the U.S., international automakers yet again proved they are invested in the success of the U.S. auto industry and its workers.

America’s international nameplate automobile dealers also had an impressive 2021, accounting for 59 percent of all vehicles sold in the United States. International nameplate dealers have 543,000 Americans in their employ and serve millions of customers each year. With a payroll of more than $43.5 billion, dealers are bringing good, stable jobs to small towns and big cities in all 50 states.

Join CAR, Autos Drive America, and the American International Automobile Dealers Association for an in-depth look at the economic impact international automakers had in the U.S. in 2021, and a look ahead to 2022.

Moderator: Bernard Swiecki, Director, Research and Director, ACP Program, Center for Automotive Research
Panelists: Cody Lusk, President and CEO, American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA) and Jennifer Safavian, President & CEO, Autos Drive America


Exploring the Future of Innovation with Toyota Ventures (8/29/2022)

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As the mobility landscape continues to evolve, automakers are seeking new technologies to improve their product portfolios and manufacturing processes, as well as achieve carbon neutrality. Corporate venture capital has emerged as a critical tool to find new innovations. Toyota Ventures, Toyota’s first standalone venture capital firm, launched in 2017 to invest in early-stage startups focused on artificial intelligence, robotics, mobility, and autonomy. In 2021, the firm expanded its investment thesis to also include smart cities, digital health, fintech, materials, energy, and carbon neutrality solutions with the launch of two additional $150M funds: the Toyota Ventures Frontier Fund and the Toyota Ventures Climate Fund.

Join CAR and Toyota Ventures for an in-depth look at Toyota Ventures with the firm’s founding managing director Jim Adler and Climate Fund partner Lisa Coca. Hear about the firm’s founding, how the Frontier Fund and Climate Fund came to fruition, what technologies have been invested in thus far, and how Toyota Ventures plans to continue to grow its portfolio in the coming years.


Engaging the Data Driven Edge (5/25/2022)

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The Data Driven Edge is a concept on what defines an IT Edge device or architecture. Research and practical implementation have shown there are several definitions of the EDGE. Many aspects in the IT world today cause this edge question to be defined by segments of IT merging with business demands. The predominant driver in making an Edge definition or decision is the placement of data closer to the person or device (EDGE). Aerospike customers, software/technical engineers, consultants, and business leaders have given use value input as we have helped them define the edge. These forces all have a common thread, how close to the edge can they place enough data to make a quantitate decision. In the past, an edge device was just a data-gathering device that passed the data to the core system engine and can still be in some cases. Today we are seeing the edge device evolving into a decisioning device. The ability to place and refresh large amounts of data in these edge devices has now given the ability to process the AI Algorithms and Applications at the data ingest point. This ability creates real-time decisioning in microseconds.

In this webinar, Aerospike discussed how to position data and even TBs of information at the edge to give AI and Applications the ability to make real-time decisions in microseconds. This ability in data architecture provides a new core to edge business decisioning.

Webinar Host: Carla Bailo, President & CEO, Center for Automotive Research
Guest Speaker: Danny Bedgood Global Vice President of Industry Verticle Solutions, Aerospike, Ben Gamble Product Champion, Ably


Modeling and Virtual Twin Simulation to Ease Collaboration in Automotive Industry (5/4/2022)

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Cockpit of the Future is an advanced group of Forvia, aiming to bring smart life on board concept to life. Automotive cockpits are becoming increasingly intelligent and complex. Forvia’s mission is to create holistic systems in which all its key products interact together to improve the user experience and HMI. To address the interior system complexity, Forvia developed a bespoke modeling and simulation approach based on “model-based System Engineering” (aka MBSE). We will show how MBSE can model system complexity and translate it into intuitive KPI. Ultimately, MBSE provides the ability to conduct digital tests instead of physical tests. We believe it is only a question of time before car manufactures will impose it to their suppliers. Forvia Cockpit of the Future team will present an MBSE application enabling not only to develop better products faster, but also to greatly facilitate collaboration with the car makers.

Webinar Host: Carla Bailo, President & CEO, Center for Automotive Research
Guest Speaker: Patrick Nebout, Chief Technology Director for Cockpit of the Future, Faurecia


CAR & UNICEPTA Present - Smart Urban Mobility: See Who's Really Driving (4/27/2022)

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Covid-19 reshuffled future mobility priorities for everyone, from automakers to government/transportation policy makers. The world’s major cities have set out to leverage new technologies to realize their vision of a more sustainable future. If you take a closer look at today’s debate on future mobility concepts, it’s cities for humans first, and vehicles (only where necessary) second. However, ideas for smart cities cannot be realized without smart, future-oriented mobility solutions – from shared services to car subscription models. New players (not necessarily start-ups, though) are entering the market, targeting the young, progressive urban customers of tomorrow. Despite people returning to private cars during the pandemic, they are looking for both cheap and sustainable mobility solutions. A great window of opportunity has opened for traditional carmakers: with efficient and sustainable solutions for e-mobility, connected/shared mobility, data services, and automated driving, they have also set the stage to shape the future of smart cities. But how is that momentum used for communication and marketing, and how can it be used to create opportunities for a strong public positioning? What is the customer looking for and what is driving the media discussion?

Carla Bailo, President & CEO at CAR, and Silke Nehlig, SVP Sector Lead Mobility at UNICEPTA, will present data-driven insights on:

  •  Public perception of mobility solutions in the context of smart cities
  • Which brands are most impactful? How are they perceived in the public?
  • What’s next? What Comms and Marketing departments can do to improve their positioning and how they can identify the right topics to bolster their messages


Altair Enlighten Award Webinar Series: Green Goals Driving the Automotive Industry’s New Era of Sustainability - A Roundtable Discussion (4/22/2022)

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The value of Sustainability to business shapes the culture and business strategies of a company. It plays a crucial role in achieving successful business goals, driving completive innovation, and building responsible brands.

On Earth Day 2022, the Altair Enlighten Award hosted a roundtable discussion to learn about the program’s success in promoting innovation to develop award-winning technology solutions that have significantly advanced sustainability initiatives within Enlighten Award winners’ organizations. This panel of experts and industry leaders will explore the challenges and opportunities of the circular economy, discuss the role global manufacturers are playing in ensuring a sustainable future, as well as the environmental, economic, and sociopolitical factors influencing this movement. The webinar will also highlight the success of how the program has advanced the impetus for vehicle lightweighting and its importance as it supports organizational sustainability goals and the automotive industry overall.


Two Demands for Semiconductor Design Expertise (4/6/2022)


Automotive OEMs and suppliers are facing the need for comprehensive expertise in semiconductor design and development like never before. With no clear end in sight for the ongoing supply shortage that has been challenging the industry, there is a demand to find ways to apply more flexibility in the application of chips that go into vehicles using designs that are available in the market today. High customer demand persists not only for new vehicles but also with the full complement of technology that consumers are demanding.
In addition, the transformation to a software-defined vehicle with the advent of technologies such as autonomy, connectivity, and electrification is driving the need for new high-performance compute platforms that will require a whole new generation of semiconductor design. With these two very complex demands on electronics design, efficient and effective design application of semiconductors will be critical to meet the near term demands and be strategic in future applications.

Join CAR, HCL Technologies, and other industry experts as they share…

  • Technology trends and considerations for efficient and flexible automotive electronics design
  • Management of complex and seamless E/E architecture transition with a platform approach
  • Considerations to alleviate capacity constraints of existing semiconductors in current production vehicles


Altair Enlighten Award Webinar Series: The Heavy Impact of Lightweighting - A Roundtable Discussion (3/30/2022)

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3 ENLIGHTEN AWARD WINNERS share their journey of innovation to develop award-winning technology solutions that have significantly advanced lightweighting for vehicles

  • How does building lighter vehicles impact the challenge of meeting emission targets?
  • What is the value of lightweighting for e-mobility beyond the extended range?
  • What are some of the latest trends for Lightweight Design?
  • What are the lightweighting trends driving the development of technologies in automotive engineering?
    How does an automotive supplier enable automotive OEMs to achieve their lightweighting initiatives?
  • What are the projected technology trends of the future?

Meet some of the Enlighten Award winners for answers to these questions and more!
The webinar will highlight the success of the Altair Enlighten Award in elevating initiatives to advance vehicle lightweighting.  The panel of speakers will discuss how technology advancements have advanced the impetus for vehicle lightweighting and its importance as it supports organizational sustainability goals and the automotive industry overall.

Panel Host: Richard Yen, SVP, Global Industry Verticals and Sales Enablement Team at Altair
Panelists: Craig Renneker, Vice President, Product Engineering, American Axle & Manufacturing (2021 Enlighten Award Winner, Future of Lightweighting), Christopher Korson, Market Segment Manager, Transportation, Chassis/Structural, BASF (2021 Enlighten Award Winner, Module Lightweighting), and Brent Collyer, VP Engineering Leaf Springs, R&D Director Light Weighting, Rassini Suspensiones (2021 Enlighten Award Runner-Up, Module Lightweighting)

The Software-Defined Vehicle: Key Drivers, Technologies, and Open Source Initiatives (3/23/2022)

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Automobile manufacturers are competing on the next-gen vehicle, which is becoming increasingly loaded with technology plus surrounding digital customer experiences. This crystallizes itself in four distinct digital vehicle trends: autonomous, connected, electrified, and shared vehicles (ACES). Over-the-air updates continuously enhance and improve vehicles that have already left the factory. New use cases and intelligent behavior are enabled by vehicle-to-everything (V2x) communication. Linux, containers, and other state-of-the-art cloud-driven technologies are gaining traction in the automotive industry due to open source’s success. In the trend towards the Software-Defined Vehicle, solutions are developed reaching from the vehicle to the cloud with an integrated DevOps approach. Software, data, hybrid cloud architecture, edge computing, and artificial intelligence are key competencies to fulfill the ACES requirements. This webinar presented an overview of essential drivers, edge technologies, initiatives and share our perspective of the Software-Defined Vehicle.

Panel Host: Carla Bailo, President & CEO, Center for Automotive Research
Panelist: Harald Ruckriegel, Automotive Vertical Chief Technologist, Red Hat



Keeping the “driver” in driver assistance systems (2/16/2022)

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The automotive industry is moving ahead with advanced driver assistance features, including partially automated systems that should make driving safer. These Level 2 systems, such as Autopilot and Super Cruise, are becoming more advanced but still require constant supervision by the driver. The challenge is keeping drivers engaged while using these systems. Driver monitoring systems should help this situation but might be encouraging the wrong behavior because of some of the current implementations.

On February 16, CAR was joined by AAA National, Consumer Reports, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) to learn about the current state of the technology, the latest testing of these systems, and updated testing standards still under development.

Panel Host: Carla Bailo, President & CEO, Center for Automotive Research
Panelists: Greg Brannon, Director, AAA Automotive Engineering, AAA National, Kelly Funkhouser, Manager, Vehicle Technology, Consumer Reports, and David Zuby, Chief Research Officer, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety


ESG Expectations and Automakers (1/11/2022)

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The Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) pillars of sustainability are increasingly becoming a priority across the global automotive industry. ESG continues to drive automotive investment decisions, with some never before seen EV-related investments and announcements made by automakers in 2021. What are the driving forces behind this movement, and how do ESG expectations made by automakers and the Biden Administration impact the total value chain?

In the Fall of 2021, Carla Bailo, President & CEO of CAR, presented on ESG Expectations and Automakers exclusively for CAR Affiliates. As the conversation surrounding ESG continues to shape our work at CAR, we have elected to make the presentation available to the public. If your organization is interested in having a CAR Subject Matter Expert present on a specific topic to your team, contact Katie Ramsburgh today to learn more about the CAR Affiliates Program.

Successfully Navigating Supply Chain Disruptions - Sponsored by PwC (10/28/2021)

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Automotive OEMs and suppliers have faced unprecedented supply chain disruptions over the past year – from the global pandemic and microchip shortage to severe weather events. This panel will discuss the key actions that industry leaders should be taking to secure supply and successfully navigate the risk of future disruptions.


  • Paul Carrannanto  |  Principal, Industrial Manufacturing & Automotive, Strategy and Operations Transformation, PwC  |  Contact Paul
  • Kristin Dziczek  |  Senior Vice President, Research, Center for Automotive Research
  • Akshay Singh  |  Partner, US Automotive Advisory, PwC  |  Contact Akshay
  • Tanjeff Schadt  |  Director, PwC Germany  |  Contact Tanjeff



Joint SEMI-CAR Event: “Chip Shortage Impact on Automotive - CAR Affiliate Exclusive (10/27/2021)

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In Fall 2021, CAR joined forces with SEMI to bring CAR Affiliates the latest insights into the chip shortage and its impact on the automotive industry. The Affiliate-exclusive event showcased perspectives from the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, MEMA, McKinsey and other companies on potential solutions and collaborative ways of creating a more robust and transparent supply chain dynamic in the automotive electronics sector.




The Five Keys to Transforming Data Architectures for the Automotive Market (10/21/2021)

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Data is exploding at the edge and in the core. Companies are realizing that they can make better decisions by utilizing larger data pools. Autonomous vehicles, smart cities and urban transportation are all adding to data growth and the need for a scalable, real-time data architecture from the core to the edge. This webinar will discuss how transforming the IT architecture makes it possible to leverage both data at the edge and the core system resulting in real-time decisioning at petabyte scale that can determine risk levels and react in micro milliseconds, making things like fully autonomous vehicles possible. These new architectures have huge implications for business leaders and data architects focusing on mobility platforms.

Please view this webinar to learn more about:

  • The need for new platforms to run next generation applications
  • Designing data architectures that include real time processing closer to where the decisions are being made. This includes a combination of real-time data at the edge and historical data at the core.
  • The role of AI and ML analysis to speed and optimize IoT data
  • The need for comprehensive edge-to-core IoT blueprints
  • Why Apache Spark is ideal for fusing data and creating layers that enable us to create new rules and machine learning models. Priceless insights flow from these models.
  • How to reduce server footprint by up to 80% in order to scale effectively in the face of IoT




Paintline Operating Efficiencies with PPG OPTIMA SOLUTIONS™ (9/22/2021)

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The paint shop remains one of the most cost-intensive and complex areas within any automotive production facility where every decision concerning paint shop operation leads to profound effects on productivity, unit cost, quality, appearance, and sustainability. How can OEMs and tier suppliers accurately identify and understand the multiple variables needed to address opportunities for improvement? For a growing number of automotive OEM’s and tier suppliers the answer is to rely on PPG OPTIMA SOLUTIONS™- In-Sites, a comprehensive, data-driven business intelligence platform designed to help users target, achieve, and maintain step-change improvements in paint shop performance. The paint shop of the future will utilize increased automated data acquisition, remote sensoring and AI/ML in order to achieve those step change levels of performance and that will require a different approach to how data is utilized. Join Dr. Edward Pagac, Global Director of Business Development, Data, Automotive OEM coatings and Christian Decker, Manager Global Digital Application Process Initiatives, Digital Solutions Business Development, as they explain how PPG is bringing data science into this extraordinarily complex operating environment – using the platform’s In-sites tools in conjunction with PPG OPTIMA SOLUTIONS™- Services team members to drive fast, smart decisions that generate measurable results impacting quality, productivity, and unit cost.

Key Take-Aways:

• Learn how data is being better utilized to improve production quality, productivity and sustainability
• Learn how new methods of data visualization are leading to faster issue resolution and response times
• Learn how new methods of data capture are transforming the automotive painting process


Future Connectivity & In-Vehicle Cybersecurity: Know Your Rights (6/30/2021)

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Connected vehicles and their associated ecosystems are becoming dominant in creating a safer and more comfortable driving experience. All those benefits come at the price of increased risks for cybersecurity attacks threatening the safety, reliability, and privacy of passengers and the world at large.

Industry professionals lead the effort to prevent hackers from inflicting damages to people and the transportation system. Global and national regulations require OEMs to comply with cybersecurity standards for their cars to gain the required certification to safely move on the roads.

During this session, as an example, we shall take a practical approach showcasing cyber threats to the connected infotainment system and present cyber defense methods that provide adequate protection and meet the required standards compliance.

Space Resilience for Automakers (6/16/2021)

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Join us on June 16th at 2 PM ET/12 PM MT for a webinar on space resilience for automakers presented by Space ISAC and the Center for Automotive Research! This webinar will feature great speakers including:

• Katie Grzywacz, Chief Cyber Architect, Lockheed Martin Space Centers of Excellence
• Benjamin Diggles, Chief Revenue Officer and Co-founder, Constellation Network
• Andy Anderegg, Sr. Technical Advisor, MITRE Corporation
• Moderator: Carla Bailo, President and CEO, Center for Automotive Research

Topics discussed will include:

• GPS, GNSS, and Big Data
• Space operator collaborative decision making with human-machine teams
• Threats to 5G

This is sure to be a valuable conversation for space companies and automakers alike, don’t miss out on this great conversation!

Bridging the Gap to Safe Autonomous Systems (6/9/2021)

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Automated vehicle systems are quickly becoming a reality on our roads. While automated vehicles promise to bring many benefits, such as improved safety and reduced congestion on the roads, they also raise systematic, regulatory, and even ethical questions. How can the risks of automated systems be minimized? The transition to automated systems must be done responsibly and through consideration of more than technology. Public policy and human capabilities must also be considered. The automotive industry is currently undergoing a paradigm shift in how to develop these automated driving systems.

Join CAR’s President and CEO, Carla Bailo, as she discusses how to move the needle on the safety of autonomous systems with Tino Schulze, Executive Vice President, dSPACE, Bryan Brezdivin, Worldwide Autonomous Vehicles Specialist, AWS, and Sean Harrington, CEO, Optimus Ride.

Sustainability: Emerging Technologies and Processes - An Enlighten Award Webinar (4/22/2021)

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The automotive industry is making great strides in green mobility and sustainability. On Earth Day 2021, CAR’s President and CEO, Carla Bailo, will host a panel of industry experts to discuss the emerging technologies and processes contributing to and advancing sustainability in the automotive industry. Joining us for this discussion are Gina Oliver, Senior Director Automotive Plastics Division at American Chemistry Council, and Dr. Debbie Mielewski, Technical Fellow of Sustainability at Ford Motor Company.

As recognized industry experts who are exceptionally qualified to evaluate the best of the industry’s sustainability efforts, Gina Oliver and Dr. Debbie Mielewski will participate in this year’s Altair Enlighten Award as judges for the two new sustainability categories.

Altair Enlighten Award Webinar Series - Full Vehicle, and Module Lightweighting (4/14/2021)

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The journey of innovation – what are the key factors that enable companies to innovate successfully?
What are some of the emerging exciting lightweighting technologies with positive environmental impacts that could become popular across multiple industries?
How are companies re-devising supply-chain strategies in the wake of the pandemic or post-pandemic?

Meet a few of the Altair Enlighten Award winners for answers to these questions and more!

Hosted by Altair in conjunction with the Center of Automotive Research (CAR), the webinar will highlight the success of the Altair Enlighten Award in elevating initiatives to advance vehicle lightweighting. A panel discussion with leading industry pioneers will review how technology advancements at both the component or assembly level, as well as for full vehicles have advanced the impetus for vehicle lightweighting. The panel will explore the business and environmental impacts of novel, emerging technology solutions, and how they can apply to other programs and applications.

Panel Host: Richard Yen, Senior VP, Global Industry Verticals and Sales Enablement Team at Altair


  • Jim Evangelista, Director of Product Technology, Shiloh
  • JP Flaharty, Executive Project Manager, VDE-CPD / APPO, Toyota Motor North America Research & Development
  • Hugh Foran, Executive Director, Advanced Research & Development, Continental Structural Plastics


Women in the Workforce – How COVID-19 Exposed Workforce Inequality and What Leaders Should Do About It (4/7/2021)

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The COVID-19 pandemic brought on unemployment numbers not seen since World War II, and women have been hit especially hard. While workforce disparities among women and men were prevalent pre-pandemic, women-dominated work sectors facing job losses and increased caregiving burdens placed on women have been driving factors behind the millions of women who have left the workforce. The women that remain are left to wonder what the future of work and what the value of their work will look like in a hybrid work environment.

Who will make the decision regarding hybrid work offices? How can employers keep a level playing field when caregivers are more likely to work from home? What can policymakers and companies do to address both the current challenges and persistent systemic inequalities that women in the workforce are facing?

On April 7th at 9:30 AM EDT, CAR will host a panel discussion with leading women in the automotive industry to address how the pandemic has exacerbated workforce inequality and what companies should do to build a more equitable future. Autoline’s John McElroy will moderate the discussion.


  • Carla Bailo, President and CEO, Center for Automotive Research (CAR)
  • Ashwini Balasubramanian, Director of Market Intelligence, Strategy & Sustainability, Martinrea International Inc
  • Terry Barclay, President and CEO, Inforum
  • Cheryl Thompson, CEO and Founder, Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion and Advancement (CADIA)


Altair Enlighten Award Webinar Series – Lightweighting Enabling Technology, and Future of Lightweighting (3/24/2021)

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What are some of the innovative technologies/methodologies under R&D to support lightweighting?
How have some the latest solutions demonstrated advancements over current industry state-of-the-art standards?
What are the lightweighting trends driving the development of technologies in automotive engineering?

Meet a few of the Altair Enlighten Award winners for answers to these questions and more!

Hosted by Altair in conjunction with the Center of Automotive Research (CAR), the webinar will highlight the success of the Altair Enlighten Award in elevating initiatives to advance vehicle lightweighting. A panel discussion with leading industry pioneers will review how technology advancements in materials, production processes, design methods, and joining technologies have advanced the impetus for vehicle lightweighting. The panel will explore novel, emerging technology solutions, and how they are significantly advancing lightweighting for vehicles.

Panel Host: Richard Yen, Senior VP, Global Industry Verticals and Sales Enablement Team, Altair

  • Marco Goia, Product Development Director, Marelli – 2020 Altair Enlighten Award Winner, Future of Lightweighting
  • Dr. Stefan Herrmann, Corporate Strategy & Strategic Sales, csi Verwaltungs GmbH, 2019 Enlighten Award Winner, Future of Lightweighting
  • Matt Murphy, Chief Technical Officer, Material Sciences Corporation – 2019 Altair Enlighten Award Winner, Enabling Technology
  • Frank Billotto, AMS Market Manager, Transportation Assembly for DuPont Mobility & Materials – 2020 Enlighten Award Runner-up, Enabling Technology
Steel Battery Enclosure Design for Electric Vehicles (2/25/2021)

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In this three-part webinar series, experts will present battery enclosure designs using steel, aluminum, and polymer composites. The webinars will allow the audience to understand different design ideas for EV battery enclosures and have a live interaction with the experts. CAR will facilitate the discussion. Guest speaker: Mr. Tom Wormald, Principal Projects Manager, ArcelorMittal


Polymer Composite Battery Enclosure Design for Electric Vehicles (2/18/2021)

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In this three-part webinar series, experts will present battery enclosure designs using steel, aluminum, and polymer composites. The webinars will allow the audience to understand different design ideas for EV battery enclosures and have a live interaction with the experts. CAR will facilitate the discussion. Guest speaker: Dr. Ian Swentek, Senior Application Development Engineer, Hexion


Aluminum Battery Enclosure Design for Electric Vehicles (2/11/2021)

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In this three-part webinar series, experts will present battery enclosure designs using steel, aluminum, and polymer composites. The webinars will allow the audience to understand different design ideas for EV battery enclosures and have a live interaction with the experts. CAR will facilitate the discussion. Guest speaker: Dr. Andreas Afseth, Technical Director, Constellium


Electric vehicle infrastructure a new mindset – Sponsored by PwC (2/4/2021)

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EV’s are quickly gaining traction. But that fleet will need to be charged. This panel will investigate the emerging EV charging industry and its implications for vehicle OEMs, auto suppliers, charging equipment manufacturers and other value chain participants.


Auto Industry X Series: Process (12/11/2020)

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CAR will be releasing a report on Industry X highlighting the remarkable change underway in January 2021. CAR is hosting a series of webinars to share our findings and define future guideposts.

Change is hard. Disruptive change is harder. Successful digital transformation requires more than a good strategy and adequate funding. It takes focus on process. Change Agents and Change Managers often drive successful Industry X implementations. This webinar will identify key characteristics for successful Industry X implantation. Joining us for this discussion are:

  • Michael Ger, Managing Director, Manufacturing and Automotive, Cloudera
  • Brian Irwin, Automotive & Industrial Leader, Accenture  |  Download Presentation



Auto Industry X Series: Technologies and Data (12/4/2020)

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CAR will be releasing a report on Industry X highlighting the remarkable change underway in January 2021. CAR is hosting a series of webinars to share our findings and define future guideposts.

Data drives Industry X, but Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the co-pilot. Manufacturing operations are creating far more data than is ever used. The underlying technologies that create, process, transmit, and store data have continued to advance at seemingly exponential rates while business processes have remained basically the same. Technologies and processes that capture, transmit, store, and analyze data are being implemented now. Making decisions based on that data is the next frontier. This session will explore how manufacturing companies are using data to make a difference. Joining us for this discussion are:

  • Dr. Florian Baumann, CTO – Automotive & AI, Dell Technologies  |  Download Presentation
  • Thomas J. Mott, NA Industry Manager – Automotive, Tire & Aerospace, Rockwell Automation


2020 Post-Election Automotive Outlook (11/17/2020)

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Please join the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), JobsOhio, and the Lima Auto Taskforce for a special Automotive Communities Partnership (ACP) webinar on the future of the automotive industry. Ohio Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted will provide introductory remarks. The webinar agenda includes:

  • Opening Remarks – Jon Husted, Ohio Lieutenant Governor
  • Implications of the 2020 Election, Policy & Regulations – Kristin Dziczek, Vice President – Research, Center for Automotive Research
  • Automotive Propulsion Forecast – Brett Smith, Director – Technology, Center for Automotive Research
  • State of the Automotive Industry – Book of Deals, U.S. Forecast and U.S. and North American Production Forecast – Bernard Swiecki, Director ACP & Assistant Director, Research, Center for Automotive Research
  • DriveOhio – Update on Current Initiatives in Testing and Validation in Connected and Automated Vehicle Technology – Howard Wood, Executive Director, DriveOhio
  • The Role of Flying Cars in the Future of the Mobility Industry – Elaine Bryant, Executive Vice President for Aerospace and Defense, Dayton Development Coalition Federal & Military installation Sector, Managing Director, JobsOhio

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Kristin Dziczek  |  Download Presentation
Bernard Swiecki  |  Download Presentation
Howard Wood  |  Download Presentation

Auto Industry X Webinar Series: People (11/13/2020)

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Industry X links the operational technology (OT) used in manufacturing with the information technology (IT) systems used to manage the rest of the business. Industry X will require employees working within these systems to expand their job scope, learn new things, and coordinate with new people. Industry X is truly an opportunity to enable and empower the workforce. However, the transition will be as challenging as it is powerful. This webinar will highlight the merging of OT and IT skills in manufacturing. Joining us for this discussion are:

  • Dr. Susan Helper, Carlton Professor of Economics, Case Western University
  • Dr. Irene Petrick, Senior Director of Industrial Innovation, Intel
  • Dr. Elisabeth B. Reynolds, Principal Research Scientist, Executive Director, MIT Work of the Future and IPC, and Lecturer, MIT Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning
AV Safety: What's New? (11/2/2020)

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The COVID-19 pandemic and the health concerns around it put some restriction on AV-related activities around the work. But it does not mean that the AV technology development efforts have been stopped. While some companies have been active in using AVs to deliver food and groceries as well as medical supplies to citizens and healthcare centers, others have been working hard to make the future of AVs safer.

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MICHauto and CAR Present: The Long-Term Impact of COVID-19 on the Automotive Talent Pipeline (9/24/2020)

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Join MICHauto and the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) for an hour-long session discussing the industry’s perspective on this disruption and the State of Michigan’s workforce development response.

Finding and retaining top talent is an ongoing challenge for the Michigan automotive and mobility industry. It is predicted that the COVID-19 global pandemic will add further disruption due to its impact on the talent pipeline. Approximately 25% of college students are reconsidering their enrollment plans this fall, while 40% of high school graduates, who had planned on attending a four-year college or university, are no longer expected to enroll at these institutions. Decreases in 2020 postsecondary enrollment is likely to impact the future talent pool for Michigan businesses.

Consumers and the Battery Electric Vehicle (9/16/2020)

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Vehicle manufacturers and suppliers are prepping for a BEV tidal wave. But who will buy them? And what do we need to do to prepare for an electric future? This webinar will feature insights into the Rocky Mountain Institutes’ latest BEV research and recent BEV consumer research by Escalent.

MICHauto and CAR Present: The Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Michigan’s Automotive Industry (7/30/2020)

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Michigan’s automotive industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 global pandemic. While the industry’s restart is now in full motion, there has been great debate about Michigan’s efforts to jointly protect community health and the health of the economy. MICHauto and the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) are convening an hour-long, two-part discussion with industry and government leaders. The first discussion will provide insight on the industry’s response and restart as well as its economic outlook. The second discussion will review state’s policy response and its ongoing work to help the industry recover. Both discussions will be moderated by John McElory, host of “Autoline.”

Window on Washington: Automotive Policy & the COVID-19 Pandemic (6/16/2020)

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Join CAR for a conversation of the latest federal government policy topics related to the automotive industry and the COVID-19 pandemic. CAR’s Vice President of Business Research Kristin Dziczek will speak with special guest, Governor Matt Blunt, the President of the American Automotive Policy Council—the association the represents the common public policy interests of its member companies – FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Company. Governor Blunt and Kristin will address the July 1 entry-into-force for the USMCA trade agreement, the status of other U.S. automotive trade policies, recent and pending regulatory actions, as well as recently passed and pending legislation to address automaker and supplier concerns during the pandemic and economic crisis.

Killing the Unicorns to Boost Sales & Profits (5/28/2020)

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Last week’s J.D. Power briefing covered some startling statistics:

  • Retail buyers purchased 13.6 million vehicles in 2019
  • Taking interior and exterior color out of the equation, there were over 600,000 unique vehicle configurations sold last year.
  • The volume for 98 percent of those configurations was fewer than 50 units annually—and most were low-volume and low-profit “unicorns.”
  • Just two percent of all configurations generated 74 percent of 2019 sales.

If you’re a supplier ramping up production or a dealer looking to shorten your days to turn in this challenging environment, you will want to know more about how this explosion in light vehicle complexity may impact your sales and profitability. Join CAR’s Vice President Kristin Dziczek in a conversation with Doug Betts, President—Automotive Division at J.D. Power & Associates as they examine recent trends in manufacturing complexity and offer insights into the automakers’ path forward to simplify the number of available configurations in their product lineup.

Additive Manufacturing for Rapid Response (5/20/2020)

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In this webinar, experts will discuss the use of additive manufacturing for producing parts in time-sensitive situations such as the COVID-19 crisis. The topic includes the use of AM in quickly re-purposing traditional equipment with 3D printed tooling, using AM to reduce inventory and increase preparedness for unforeseen events, and the future of AM in the automotive industry.

A Simulation-driven Approach to Accelerating e-Mobility Development (5/13/2020)

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Leveraged by leading automakers like Porsche and Mercedes AMG, Altair provides advanced simulation tools and integrated workflows to accelerate e-mobility vehicle development. In this webinar, we will cover strategies and processes for designing more efficient e-motors, extending vehicle range, and improving safety through the study of battery impact and thermal runaway.

COVID-19 and Impact to Dealerships: M&A, Customer Expectations, and Virtual/Remote Operations (5/7/2020)

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How have dealerships morphed due to COVID-19? Will these changes be short term, or part of the new normal? Join us as we explore changes to virtual/remote showroom experiences, vehicle deliveries, and financing. Will the mom and pop shops survive, and what can we expect in terms of more dealer mergers? Will these changes meet the customers’ expectations and will the experienced be enhanced?

2020 Automotive Outlook (4/30/2020)

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Join CAR for a content-packed webinar focusing on the latest updates and forecasts for recovery as the automotive industry grapples not only with the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak, but also the challenges of ramping up vehicle sales and production in what is certain to be an environment of unprecedented uncertainty.

The webinar will feature the latest analysis from CAR Vice President Kristin Dziczek, as well as Mike Jackson, Executive Director of Strategy and Research at the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA); Paul Traub, Senior Business Economist at the Detroit Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago; and Jeff Schuster, President of Global Forecasting at LMC Automotive.

The 2020 Automotive Outlook Webinar is a collaborative effort between CAR and Northwest Ohio Regional Economic Development (NORED).

How Data Will Help Your Business Come Back Online in the Wake of COVID-19 (4/27/2020)

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As the automotive industry returns to work in the coming weeks, data will help companies protect the health and safety of their employees and track their organization’s overall fitness and readiness to produce.

Companies such as SAP, Qualtrics (an SAP company), and Draper are working to develop solutions to help automotive companies come back online. CAR’s CEO, Carla Bailo, will discuss the industry impact from COVID 19, industry next steps, blueprints for using data to restart, and the future industry needs with SAP’s Bill Newman, Qualtrics’ David Mingle, and Draper’s Dr. Troy Lau.

SAP and Qualtrics have launched several initiatives over the last week to help companies, government officials, and other agencies to understand the needs of their customers, employees, suppliers, and the community at large during the COVID crisis. Using information from a test program with the state of Utah, Qualtrics will share the tools and insights to help navigate this challenging transition.

Draper’s factory floor biodefense is deploying data science and AI to design and ensure a safe return to work.  Draper has developed a suite of analytic and predictive tools utilizing employee checkpoints, movements, and tracking data within Draper buildings. These tools are being used to; design tactical back-to-work strategies, target cleaning strategies, and track/trace sickness. Draper will share the lessons they have learned from these initial internal tests.

The Playbook for Restarting Production (4/8/2020)

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Join CAR for a conversation on plans for bringing automotive production back on-line in North America. CAR’s Vice President of Business Research Kristin Dziczek will speak with special guests Jim Tobin, the Executive Vice President Magna International and President Magna Asia and Aaron McCarthy, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Magna International, Inc.

Jim and Aaron are involved in efforts to coordinate the industry restart and can speak to Magna’s experience in restarting production in its Asian plants. Jim, Aaron, and Kristin will discuss approaches to supply chain disruptions, working capital concerns, consumer demand conditions, and, most importantly, how companies are planning to protect the health and safety of workers when they return to the factories and offices. The conversation will also address how companies are planning to continue those new lines of medical and personal protective equipment work in tandem with their core automotive business.

Arsenal of Health: How Automakers & Suppliers Are Stepping Up To Support the Medical Response to the COVID-19 Crisis (4/2/2020)

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Join CAR for a conversation on how automakers and suppliers are helping medical device and personal protective equipment manufacturers and the health care system during the COVID-19 crisis. CAR’s CEO and President Carla Bailo will be joined by Julie Fream, CEO and President of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association, and Flavio Volpe, President of the Automotive Parts Manufacturing Association in Canada. Carla, Julie, and Flavio will discuss the automotive industry’s efforts to propel manufacturing efforts and get the medical community the critical products they need—including efforts currently underway in Michigan and Canada.

Window on Washington: A View on the Governments Response to the COVID-19 Crisis (3/24/2020)

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Join CAR for a conversation on the government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. CAR’s Vice President of Business Research Kristin Dziczek will speak with special guest, John Bozzella, the President and CEO of the newly-formed Alliance for Automotive Innovation. John and Kristin will address the status of recently passed and pending legislation to address automaker and supplier operational concerns during the pandemic and economic crisis, as well as the impact on pending regulatory actions, including the long-awaited fuel economy and emissions standard revisions.

Coronavirus Update: Disruption and the Impact to the Auto Industry (3/6/2020)

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Join CAR’s vice president of research, Kristin Dziczek, and CEO at ZoZo Go, Michael Dunne, in a webinar as they discuss the potential impacts of coronavirus on the automotive industry.

Implications of the 2019 UAW-Detroit Three Contract Negotiations (1/15/2020)

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Please join CAR’s panel of industry experts for a comprehensive discussion of the 2019 UAW agreements with GM, Ford, and FCA. This webinar will include:

  • The first in-depth look at CAR’s estimates of how UAW labor costs will change under the new agreements
  • A review of the negotiation process and lessons learned for other unionized employers—including a look at the historic, six-week UAW strike at GM
  • An examination of the key issues including the tiered wage structure, use of temporary workers, and health care costs along with investment and product allocation commitments
  • A discussion of implications of the new agreements for other automakers and suppliers
Remote Health Monitoring Systems in Automotive (11/20/2019)

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With current improvements in vehicle automation and artificial intelligence (AI), connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) will be an important part of future transportation systems. Among the CAV technologies, in-vehicle sensors could create a unique opportunity for continuous health monitoring systems, and also for increased safety of drivers and other road users.


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