Macomb CC Conference Explores Autonomous Vehicles

WARREN — Macomb Community College’s Center for Advanced Automotive Technology will hold its 2016 conference, “The Road to Autonomous Vehicles,” on Friday, May 6, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the John Lewis Student Community Center (K Building) on Macomb’s South Campus, 14500 E. 12 Mile Road in Warren.

The keynote speaker will be Jeff Klei, president, NAFTA region, for Continental AG’s automotive group. He will address the current state of the auto industry, including why connected and automated technology in vehicles is one of the most exciting areas of new technology.  In addition to the keynote address, three Tech Talk sessions will discuss the challenges, infrastructure needs, and cybersecurity of automated and connected vehicles.

Other featured speakers include:

* Gary O’Brien, global director of advanced engineering and Delphi Electronics & Safety Division, who will discuss sensor fusion for automated and connected vehicles
* Steve Buckley, senior technical fellow for electrical and electronics at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, on the challenges of automated and connected vehicle technology
* Jim Sayer, director of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and unofficial “mayor” of its Mcity testing center for autonomous and connected vehicles, who will address the infrastructure requirements of automated and connected vehicle technology

The conference is for automotive industry workforce development representatives, secondary and post-secondary automotive educators, counselors and school administrators, as well as representatives from government agencies and automotive professional associations, who may attend free of charge.

Online registration is available at For more information, visit or call (586) 445-7126.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, CAAT is a partnership between Macomb Community College and Wayne State University. Its mission is to provide a spectrum of technically focused educational resources and opportunities in vehicle electrification, materials lightweighting, and automated and connected vehicle technologies.

Macomb Community College ( serves nearly 48,000 students, ranking in the top 2 percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges. It is the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

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