Flying cars got short shrift. Panelists at SAE 2014 Convergence event instead predicted that vehicles of model year 2054 will be extremely connected and will largely drive themselves. Dealing with urban gridlock was also a key concern during the Wednesday session.
Though hardware and software were front and center at SAE 2014 Convergence, panels also explored broader issues facing the auto industry. A Wednesday panel focused on ways to better utilize overloaded engineers as well as offering techniques for attracting new talent.
Increased reliance on virtual tools, decoupled systems development, and common vehicle and powertrain architectures are keys to the revitalized Volvo Car meeting its goal of selling 800,000 units a year. A senior engineer details the strategy.