The Automotive News PACE program honors superior innovation, technological advancement and business performance among automotive suppliers. Judged by an independent panel of technologists, they are recognized around the world as the industry benchmark for innovation. If you are a traditional or non-traditional supplier, or a startup, the PACE program provides you an opportunity to showcase your “game changing” innovation by submitting an application for evaluation by our independent panel of more than 20 judges.   

Has your innovation been sold to an OEM? Is your innovation commercialized? The PACE Award is the program for you.  The PACE Awards enters its 27th year in 2021. With more than a quarter century of history recognizing innovations driven by automotive suppliers, the PACE Award today is recognized as the award in the global automotive industry recognized for identifying and celebrating the latest game-changing innovation from the plant floor to the product to the showroom floor.


Have an early-stage innovation not yet sold to an OEM customer? PACEpilot is the program for you.  PACEpilot enters its second year in 2021.  It is designed to recognize post-pilot pre-commercial innovations in the automotive and future mobility space. These represent product, software/IT system or process and idea incubators that have the potential to revolutionize an automaker’s business and products. 


Click here to watch the 2020 awards presentation.

See below the 2020 PACE Award finalists and their innovations.