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FISITA brings mobility systems leaders together for two day industry disruption Summit

17 November 2016

At the 7th annual FISITA World Automotive Summit in Silicon Valley, United States, over 100 automotive mobility leaders agreed the industry’s greatest challenges can be solved through greater communication, collaboration with regulators and promoting engineering education.

Published today, the FISITA White Paper summarises dialogue from the Summit, where a number of the world’s most influential technical leaders from industry, government, academia and research met to discuss this year’s theme, “Leading Disruption in the Automotive Industry”. This year, a significant innovation to the Summit programme involved a World Café concept, in order to allow more peer-to-peer discussion and creative collaboration. While delegates agreed cooperation and competition has brought success, mobility systems engineers face significant challenges:

  • An engineering talent gap
  • The speed of technological change
  • New competition
  • Maximizing the mobility asset
  • Transportation being used as a service

During the two-day Summit, delegates received innovative and inspiring presentations from a range of respected individuals and organisations from automotive and partner industries including Facebook, Ford, GM, Stanford University, Toyota, U.S. Department of Energy and the California Air Resources Board.

Pamela Fletcher, Executive Chief Engineer, General Motors, closed the Summit with her presentation on autonomous and ride sharing. Following her presentation, Pamela commented: “It was a pleasure to speak at FISITA’s World Automotive Summit in Silicon Valley. Our industry is transforming at an unprecedented pace. It was great to experience FISITA’s continued support of the engineering community to connect and collaborate in order to maintain this period of rapid innovation.”

Chris Mason, FISITA CEO, said: “We were delighted to be in Silicon Valley for our fantastic World Automotive Summit - a fitting location to lead discussions surrounding our innovative and diverse industry. A series of inspiring speakers delivered unique, often provocative, yet consistent messages, while our international delegates brought significant guidance and learnings to our World Café session.”

The FISITA World Automotive Summit is a unique and exclusive annual meeting that brings together top technical executives from the FISITA Honorary Committee with leading scientists, academics, public policy makers and NGOs to work on an issue critical to the future of our industry.

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