Mobility Meetup: AV Test Platforms & Vehicle Cybersecurity

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SAE Innovations in Mobility meetup group presents …

Our first meetup in the Motor City!

AV Test Platforms & Vehicle Cybersecurity


Wednesday, Dec. 4th 5:30-8:00pm


2736 Research Dr.
Rochester Hills, MI 48309

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5:30 Doors Open / Networking
6:00 1st Presentation
6:45 2nd Presentation
7:15 Drive-By-Wire Demo

Topic 1: Car-Hacking & Vehicle Security

By Mark Zachos, President
DG Technologies Inc

About the Speaker:
Mark Zachos is the Founder and President of DG Technologies. Mr. Zachos has over 30 years of experience in automotive electronics, cyber security, vehicle diagnostics and communications. He has authored many technical papers on On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) and In-vehicle Networking, and he holds more than 10 patents on vehicle communications technology. As a member of SAE, IEEE and TMC, Mark has been directly involved with development of over 25 technical standards, is Head of the USA Technical Advisory Group to ISO Road Vehicle Electronics Standards Sub-committee, and leads several technical standards teams including the SAE J1939 Network Security Task Force. He has also taught embedded programming with CANbus and vehicle cyber security at University of Michigan-Dearborn.

About DG Technologies:
DG Technologies specializes in the design and development of intelligent software and hardware interfaces for the in-vehicle and controller area network markets and brings them to the world. DG Technologies’ products are currently utilized in the automotive, heavy-duty truck and bus, military, industrial control, robotics, mass transportation, agriculture, and construction industries.

Topic 2: By-Wire Conversion for AV Research Platforms

By Jeff Blackburn, VP of Sales
Dataspeed, Inc.

Jeff will present Dataspeed’s capabilities re: by-wire vehicle conversion. Then, attendees will have the opportunity to take a ride in a by-wire car and drive it from the back seat.

About the Speaker:
Jeff Blackburn is VP of Sales for Dataspeed, Inc. Prior to joining Dataspeed, he headed up business development for Metamoto, was the North American ADAS and Autonomous Vehicle subject matter expert for Siemens / Tass PLM Software, and worked in controls and systems engineering with National Instruments, Takata, Fanuc Robotics, and Rockwell Automation. He created and teaches the SAE “Introduction to the Highly Automated Vehicle” class, as well as classes on AV liability and regulations.

About Dataspeed:
With over 500 systems on the road, Dataspeed, Inc. is the largest supplier of by-wire kits used to build & develop AV's. The by-wire kit is a complete industrial grade hardware and software solution allowing seamless electronic control of a vehicle’s braking, throttle, steering and shifting. The kit taps into the vehicle’s existing control system and CAN bus with minimal modification to production components and without disabling any safety features.

More about our meetups:

This is our first in what we expect to be a quarterly series held in Detroit Metro to highlight new and important technologies, companies, and ideas in ground vehicle engineering. We have hosted a similar monthly series for over three years in Silicon Valley and elsewhere, and I’ve received more and more requests to do the same for the Detroit community. So at long last, we are here!

What to expect:

Dress is casual, food and beverage (often incl. beer) are always provided, and there is a modest fee to help defray costs and to encourage commitment to RSVPs. There is ample opportunity to network, meet new people and interact with presenters. Content is intended for a technical audience.

We look forward to seeing you and hope you will come back as new events are posted -- also, check out the meetups we host in Silicon Valley and other regions.