SAE advance technology professionals meet regulators at WAS

SAE advance technology professionals meet regulators at WAS

For the sixth consecutive year, SAE International co-located its annual Government/Industry Meeting with The Washington Auto Show.

And as in previous times, leading authorities from the auto industry, the regulatory establishment and academia converged to address the advanced automotive technology developments in vehicle design and the laws that will affect them over the course of the three-day meeting. The program commenced on Wednesday, January 22 – coinciding with the Auto Show’s Media and Industry Day – featuring a plenary session entitled, “Continuing Collaboration for the Protection of all Road Users and the Environment.”

The SAE panel spoke of what Christopher Grundler of EPA called government and industrys shared goal to reduce emissions and fuel consumption. He said EPA aimed to go to industry early and often, and listen.

Mitch Bainwol, of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, said its member companies were on board with the fuel economy standard of 54.5 mpg by 2025, with a caveat: This is a program based on assumptions, not on production.

Weve clearly picked the early gains in fuel economy, said Bainwol. But its going to require consumer buy-in, and we dont know when thats going to occur.

Grundler said he is optimistic about future gains. The industrys off to a great start, he said. The early signs are very encouraging. Competition will continue to drive innovation.

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