5th Annual Symposium on Future Cars – Future Technology October 17, 2013

“Too Much, Too Soon, or …. Too Little, Too Late”

What is this event?
WAJ established this annual event in the heart of Silicon Valley five years ago to review technical developments and public policy affecting the future of automotive transportation.

Everything’s moving fast, but is it moving too fast or in the wrong direction? Western Automotive Journalists’ fifth annual Future Cars-Future Technology symposium will take place Thursday, October 17, at Club Auto Sport in San Jose.

Exhibits will be presented on site, with 6 manufacturers presenting vehicles available for test drives by accredited journalists.

Who is invited?
Automotive journalists accredited by WAJ, contributors from other media outlets interested in these topics, and technology and opinion leaders from the regional community.
The program will provide participants with opportunities to review trends and developments as well as to debate issues affecting the industry.

Thursday October 17th, 1pm to 8:30pm
Club Auto Sport
521 Charcot Avenue
San Jose, CA 95131

Click Here to Register  NOTE: ticket prices will increase on October 14 so get yours now!!

A full afternoon and evening will be devoted to exploring these subjects, including:
1:00 – 4:00 pm – Technical exhibits and demonstration drives
There will be technical exhibits and demonstration drives (for accredited journalists only) from 1-4 p.m..  Vehicles on hand will include:

  • Volkswagen e-Golf
  • Chevy Spark EV
  • Fiat 500 e EV
  • Ford Focus Electric EV
  • Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
  • Kia Optima Hybrid
  • Ram 1500 EcoDiesel
  • Volkswagen Passat TDI running on SolaDiesel renewable diesel fuel from Solazyme

In addition, there will be a demonstration by Mitsubishi of their advanced technologies systems including adaptive cruse control, lane departure warning and forward collision mitigation on the 2014 Outlander SUV.

4:00 – 5:30 pm – Panel1: Balancing Safety and Convenience in Automotive Electronics
Are new electronic systems in automobiles making the automobile safer by reducing the probability of collisions or less safe by introducing greater opportunities for driver distraction?  Gary Anderson, Co-chair of the Symposium will moderate this panel which will include Dr. Sven Beiker, Executive Director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford University and T.J. Giuli  (Ford Silicon Valley Labs), plus other automotive manufacturers research staff members TBA, will discuss Balancing Safey and Convenience in Automotive Electronics.
5:30 to 7:00 pm – Cocktails and dinner
7:00 to 8:30 pm – Panel 2: Finding the Path to Energy Efficiency and Emissions Reduction
Given social goals, competing technologies, infrastructure constraints, and economic realities, what will determine which technologies will lead to market success and which will be blind alleys?  Michael Coates, Symposium Co-Chair and WAJ Board Member, will moderate this interactive panel which will include Alberto Ayala, Deputy Executive Director of the California Air Resources Board, Roland Hwang, Director of the Natural Resource Defense Council’s Transportation Program, and Dave Barthmuss, Group Manager, Environment, Energy & Policy Communications at General Motors.

We look forward to seeing you at this informative and important industry event.

Hosted by: Club Auto Sport, 521 Charcot Avenue, San Jose, CA