Fireside Chat with Debra Bezzina, University of Michigan Transportation Institute on Connected Cars

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Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Private Home in Farmington Hills
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Event time 5:30 pm to 8 pm

Dinner, Wine and Valet Parking Included (No tipping)
Directions to private residence will be sent to all registrants the week before the event. 

Safety Pilot Model Deployment

Connected Vehicle technologies have long been identified as having the potential to significantly improve motor vehicle safety, but the study of these technologies to date has been limited to small field tests and technical development exercises.  In order to potentially advance this initiative and support a Federal rulemaking decision regarding vehicle-to-vehicle communications, the U.S. Department of Transportation has undertaken the Safety Pilot Model Deployment.  Under the leadership of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), this initiative allowed for the evaluation of a scaled deployment of connected vehicle technologies in Ann Arbor, Michigan, including nearly 3,000 equipped vehicles and over 70 miles of instrumented roadway, making it the largest connected vehicle field test in the world to date.  This presentation will introduce the connected vehicle concept, and discuss the Safety Pilot program and its role in advancing this promising new technology.

Debra Bezzina holds B.S. in Electrical Engineering, an M.B.A., and Program Management Professional Certification (PMP). Ms. Bezzina has over 27 years of experience in the automotive industry, and has served as a program manager for 13 years. She served as Visteon’s program manager on two USDOT-funded field operational tests of automotive advanced safety systems research (Road Departure Crash Warning FOT and Integrated Vehicle Based Safety Systems FOT). Prior to Visteon, Debby worked at General Motors on Vehicle Control Modules and Audio in the Truck Group, and Ford Motor Company in the Engine Design Division. Ms. Bezzina is currently the Senior Program Manager for the Safety Pilot Model Deployment at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.


Member-only event. Space is limited.