FISITA World Automotive Congress Debuts in Chennai, India

SAElNDIA today inaugurated the 37th Edition of FISITA World Automotive Congress, a premier automotive industry biennial global confluence in the automotive industry. In its seven decade long history, the show has debuted in India where global automotive leaders & experts come together to deliberate upon the future of automotive technologies. The four-day conclave is being organised from 2-5th October 2018 at Chennai Trade Center and hosts the theme “Disruptive Technologies for Affordable and Sustainable Mobility" this year.
At a press briefing held at the inaugural event today, SAEINDIA along with FISITA said that the automobile sector is worth over $2.4 trillion globally and India is the one of the largest automobile markets with close to 25 million units. Besides a strong emerging market being among the country's key differentiators, India is also emerging as one of the largest exporters of connected and software solutions for automobiles. Some of the world's leading auto giants including Mercedes, GM and Honda are setting up their back end research and development in lndia to support their global market commitments. 
Dr Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd and the Patron for the FISITA 2018 Steering Committee has said that automotive industry at the global level is going through a period of disruption where new technologies and newer business models are being adopted that can potentially disrupt and change the existing order. "The rise of technology in the auto components manufacturing sector globally and its by-products such as mobility, connectivity. fuel efficiency, electric are and autonomous driving. The Indian auto components sector is already driving innovation, and increasing its investments in R&D. The industry has to come together to accelerate efforts and derive solutions that help overcome challenges," he added.
Dr Aravind S Bharadwaj, Chief Technology Officer, Farm Equipment Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd and Chairman, FISITA 2010 Steering Committee mentioned that by bringing together global experts, FISITA 2018 will provide the right platform to Indian automotive industry to look at the transforming scenario and recommend path-breaking initiatives to cope with the challenges to find affordable and sustainable mobility solutions within the disruptive framework.
FISITA 2018 aims to bring together experts to exchange ideas and brainstorm on disruptive technology trends, opportunities and challenges that will drive the future of automobile industry and lndia's significant role in enabling this growth. There will be four Plenary Sessions in which experts from India and abroad address key disruptions in the automotive industry namely autonomous, connected, electric, shared mobility and a concluding panel discussion on policy frame for disruptive technologies.In total, there will be 75 technical sessions, for 305 latest research papers selected out of over 1200 abstracts submitted by authors across the world. FISITA lnternational Federation of Automotive Engineering societies has 37 Member Societies throughout the world. FISITA World Automotive Congress is the most coveted event organised by FISITA in collaboration with the hist county society, leading to a congregation of industry leaders and experts from the automotive industry and academia worldwide. 
The Student Congress would witness 35 top-notch researches by students from National and International Universities. An Educators Forum would focus on how to bridge the gap between Academia and industry and steps needed to turn institutes into innovative solution provider for the Automotive Industry. There will also be Technology demonstration by Engineering Students at the Island of Excellence   
Anirudh Raheja
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