Michigan Int'l Speedway news 2009-08-04

MIS President Roger Curtis featured panelist at CAR briefing seminars Management briefing seminars in Traverse City bring more than 1,000 auto industry, academic and government leaders together BROOKLYN, Mich. (Aug. 4, 2009) -- Michigan ...

MIS President Roger Curtis featured panelist at CAR briefing seminars
Management briefing seminars in Traverse City bring more than 1,000 auto industry, academic and government leaders together

BROOKLYN, Mich. (Aug. 4, 2009) -- Michigan International Speedway President Roger Curtis is one of the featured panelists during the Center for Automotive Research Group's Management Briefing Seminars this week in Traverse City, Mich.

Held annually for the past 43 years, the Management Briefing Seminars brings more than 1,000 auto industry, academic and government leaders together to address critical issues and emerging trends in an atmosphere designed to build networking relationships.

The year's conference includes workshops ranging from the new role of government in the global auto industry to sustainability of the automobile industry in an era of climate change. Curtis will participate in a panel about connected vehicle technology.

The speedway announced in January that it would open its road course for research and development with the Michigan Department of Transportation for vehicle to vehicle communication testing this year. That partnership for research, development and safety innovation could serve as a catalyst for job creation and growth opportunities for the state by giving agencies that manufacture and develop connected vehicle technologies and after-market providers the ability to test and develop connected vehicle systems in a closed, private and neutral environment.

"It is critical, certainly in today's economy, to share information and ideas and to network with experts in all industries that could affect or potentially affect your business," Curtis said. "At Michigan International Speedway, we understand the changing landscape of our business and are looking at new and exciting partnerships to not only strengthen MIS today, but also that of the auto industry tomorrow."

Along with new options for the powertrain, vehicle communication technology enabling "connected vehicles" represents a paradigm shift for vehicle transportation. The panel Curtis is participating in addresses recent developments in the connected vehicle world and provides a roadmap for the development of connected vehicle technologies.

This session examines the current turbulence in the industry, with an eye toward the future of the technology that will make connected vehicles happen, along with the enhanced safety, mobility and personal convenience benefits the technology promises and addresses Michigan International Speedway's role.

-credit: mis

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