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8.10. – The prestigious World Congress of Automotive Technicians, organized as a biennial since 1947, visited Prague for the second time in its history and for a quarter of a century from 14 to 16 September. The organizer was the Czech Automobile Company CAS-SAE and the organizer was the Guarant agency.
The meeting took place under the auspices of Karel Havlíček, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Trade. The president of the congress was prof. Jan Macek from the Czech Technical University in Prague, the titular partner was Škoda-Auto, as, and other partners were Bosch, TÜV SÜD, ZF, CzechInvest and CzechTourism.
The three-day congress was conducted from the O2 arena congress center in Prague, but the presentations were online. Nearly 800 participants from 52 countries watched the marathon with 163 presentations. Most participants were from the host country (150) and the other countries with the largest participation (50 to 100) were India, Germany, Japan, China, Spain and South Korea. The fact that half of them are Asian countries, the way the focus of the automotive industry is shifting. Carefully selected and lectured presentations by leading experts in the automotive industry were included in 10 thematic sections: 1. Digital transformation – digitization; 2. Advanced energy control and management devices; 3. Emissions and harmful vehicles; 4. Conventional and alternative fuels and lubricants; 5. Comfort and mobility; 6. Automated and interconnected mobility; 7. Vehicle driving dynamics and its control; 8. Passive and integrated driving safety; 9. Vehicle electronics and software; 10. Production, materials and lightweight solutions.
Some of the contributions were fundamental to revolutionary, and it is difficult to find what or who was the best. However, the breakthrough was that the FISITA management accepted the idea of the Prague Congress of Experts that the electrification of vehicles is not caused by environmental problems, non-renewable natural energy sources and transport.
The organizer of the next congress in 2023 will be STA, the Spanish member society of FISITA.
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