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SAE postpones Digital Car Conference

Corporate travel bans and shipping problems with displays forced SAE International to postpone its inaugural Digital Car Conference, which had been scheduled for Oct. 16-18 at Cobo Center in Detroit.

The conference will be held in conjunction with the SAE World Congress next spring. Preliminary dates are March 5-7, 2002.

The conference, focused on mobile electronics and telematics, was expected to have more than 1,000 attendees, including exhibitors, says Mark Burd, SAE spokesman.

SAE has postponed several meetings since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11:

  • The International Body Engineering Conference, originally scheduled to be held along with the Digital Car Conference, also is scheduled for the 2002 SAE World Congress.

  • The Fall Fuels and Lubricants meeting, originally scheduled to take place this week in San Antonio, Texas, has been postponed until next spring.

  • The Southern Automotive Manufacturing Conference, set for Oct. 8-10 in Greenville, S.C., has been postponed until April 8-10, 2002, in Greenville.

    Last week, the SAE Detroit Section canceled its Global Leadership Conference at the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia, which had been set for October.

    SAE's November Truck and Bus Conference, to be held in Chicago, and its October Brake Colloquium in New Orleans are unaffected.

    Says Burd: "We have a little bit more time of working out the logistics …. They are drawing a lot more national, as opposed to an international audience, which makes travel easier."

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