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CONFERENCE – 10th Annual:
“The Future of Automotive IT: Current and Future Safety Sensors”

Conference by Automotive Futures Group
held on September 11, 2018 in Ann Arbor, MI – USA


  • Speakers List and Bios below
  • Cost: $200 per person / $525 for 3 persons / $850 for 5 persons
  • North Campus Research Complex, 2800 Plymouth Rd. Bldg. 18, Ann Arbor, MI 48109


  • The new system allows foreign and local participants unable to attend the conference but who are interested in viewing the presentations to pay the registration fee for the conference ($200), and they will receive an email when the presentations are online for viewing.

For information on this Conference, Speakers, Sponsorships, and upcoming Conferences, see below.

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“The Future of Automotive IT: Current and Future Safety Sensors”

Conference by Automotive Futures Group


Welcome to the 10th Annual “Focus on the Future” Automotive Research Conferences. This series, which runs September to July, offers five conferences each year that address topics of importance to the future of the automotive industry. The first conference this year is our 10th annual Future of Automotive IT conference that focuses on the role information technology (IT) is playing in the vehicle, in the corporation, and even in the structure of the automotive industry. We have seen the role of IT grow substantially within the vehicle while maintaining its role as the “glue” that holds together all the far flung managerial, engineering and manufacturing functions of global auto companies.

Last year’s conference focused on how auto companies may use new blockchain technology, current and future sensors, Big Data projects, future vehicle computer chips, and an update on the Internet of Things. This year we aim to review the evolution of sensors, a project report on future trends in advanced safety sensors and a review of current safety sensors, a recently completed research project that examines the potential effects of “radar congestion” and how companies are approaching the challenge, and results from our research on the opportunities and costs of retrofitting connected vehicle technologies on all heavy trucks. We also expect to discuss sensor issues like sensor fusion and cloud connectivity as well as updates on the continuing key IT issues of artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and autonomous vehicles.

Some of the questions we will address include:

  • How are IT and engineering managers working together to overcome cybersecurity challenges, and prepare for an autonomous future?
  • How are sensors using cloud computing and connectivity?
  • How will firms evolve to support auto companies’ moves into new mobility?
  • What path do different companies see for future sensors used for advanced safety technologies/autonomy?
  • How can connected vehicle technologies supported by DSRC improve heavy vehicle safety?
  • How far along are companies in developing sensor fusion technologies?



Bruce Belzowski, Managing Director, Automotive Futures Group, will moderate the conference.

Confirmed speakers include:

Bruce Belzowski, Managing Director, Automotive Futures will discuss results from a project that focused on the future of advanced safety technologies and the results from a project that estimated the costs and challenges of retrofitting all heavy trucks in the US.

Alejandro Olivares, Global Lidar Technical Manager, Aptiv, will provide insight into the evolution of sensors and architectures for ADAS and automated driving and some of the challenges associated with meeting market needs.

Bill Buller, Research Engineer at Michigan Technology Research Institute, will share the results from his recent work on the potential for “radar congestion” and how manufacturers and suppliers are planning for this future state.

Michael Meier, Director of Engineering and Product Management, Robert Bosch Corporation, will discuss the progress made in current driver assistance products and where they are headed in the future.

Mo Poorsartep, Advanced Engineering Manager for Comfort and Driving Assistance, Valeo Corporation, will discuss the progress made in sensors and the role they will play in his company’s future products.

Other manufacturers, suppliers, government representatives, and consultants have been invited

Companies or groups interested in sponsoring this conference, please contact Bruce Belzowski at or 734-936-2704. Sponsorship Amount (Minimum $2,500).

Conference Sponsors

  • Aisin Technical Center
  • Argonne National Labs
  • BorgWarner Inc.
  • Bosch Corporation
  • Denso Corporation
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Means Corporation
  • Valeo North America, Inc.
  • University of Michigan Ross School of Business: Corporate Education


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Inside China: Understanding China’s Current and Future Automotive Industry.

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New Mobility: Automotive Industry Business Models.

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