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.
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See below the 2020 PACE Award finalists and their innovations.
WINNER: Vision system sees through a trailer
WINNER: Lighter pickup boxes -- no liner required
WINNER: 40 million drivers help draw a map
WINNER: A transmission for small spaces
WINNER: A compact driveline with low noise
WINNER: Bearing and polymer know-how
WINNER: Liftgates get new design freedom
WINNER: One circuit for many engines
WINNER: Lights that will shine a safety alert
WINNER: Pay with in-vehicle commerce platform
WINNER: Joining aluminum, steel without corrosion
WINNER: Digital cameras good enough to replace mirrors
WINNER: Transponder also a business model
An integrated process for sealing
One advanced sensor replaces two
Replacing the traditional fuse box
An automated line can install multiple wheels
Headlamps get slimmer, more dramatic
Noncorrosion bolts enable mixed materials
Inspecting parts without taking them offline
Driver assistance comes to motorcycles
A smaller, more adaptable sensor for rain and light
A safer way to find the right button
Infotainment gets freedom of a cellphone
Dana tackles truck breakdowns
Taking humidity out of sealed headlights
Real-time monitoring of roadside service