On 27 February, SAE International welcomed over 120 participants – from automotive engineers, EU regulators, OEMs and academic experts – to the On-Board Diagnostics Symposium in Turin, Italy.

Ground vehicles experts gathered for a three-day conference to gain insight into the latest updates on CARB, EPA, EC requirements and regulations as well as associated SAE standards regarding light and heavy-duty emissions control. The programme also featured an exceptional line-up of speakers and thought-provoking discussions. Considered as the international hub for automotive innovation services, Turin is the home of renowned leaders in car manufacturing and design development making it the ideal location to host this event.

Having analysed the data and gathered feedback, we are proud to say that the event was a full success and would, therefore, like to share the most important highlights.

A Rich Technical Programme
We have had 26 presentations from international speakers including the UK, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Greece, the Benelux region and the US.
Highlights included the Keynote presentation by Mr Giorgio Martini, Deputy Head of the Sustainable Transport Unit at the Joint Research Centre and a debate on the China 6 OBD and GFP regulations led by Mr John Van Gilder from GM.

The biggest debate in the plenary room was sparked by the presentation from Axel Friedrich (Forum Umweltbundesamt) who presented his views on OBD from the NGO perspective.

Various Networking Opportunities
Throughout the entire duration of the event, participants had plenty of opportunities to network, strengthen and establish new business relationships and deepen their knowledge.  On the first day, all delegates were invited to a special networking event at Il Circolo dei Lettori, a magnificent venue that embodies Turin’s heritage through its blend of baroque and contemporary architecture. The group had the opportunity to enjoy the unique atmosphere of the place and experience a traditional Italian dinner in the city where the Aperitivo was invented.

Industry Tour & Manufacturing Site Visits
To conclude the event on a high note, the exclusive visit of the General Motors Global Propulsion Systems Center offered participants the chance to get a full insight into GM’s recent technologies of propulsion systems.

Global Attendance
With the move to Turin, we have been able to shake up the usual attendee group by welcoming more Italians such as Lamborghini, while not losing the Germans who did not seem to mind the move to a sunnier place. Next to Lamborghini we also had Porsche attend for the first time.

List of OEMs who attended the 2017 OBD Europe Symposium:

  • Audi
  • BMW
  • DAF Trucks
  • Daimler / Mercedes
  • FCA
  • Ford
  • GM
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Lamborghini
  • Opel
  • Porsche
  • Renault
  • Scania
  • Subaru (Fuji Heavy Industries)
  • Toyota
  • Volvo
  • Volkswagen

Exhibitors and Sponsors

5 exhibitors:

  • Control-Tec LLC
  • FEV Europe GmbH
  • Intrepid Control Systems
  • Softing Automotive
  • Vector Italia SRL

2 sponsors:

  • CTS Corporation
  • MAHLE Powertrain Ltd

Attendees Breakdown



What’s next?
Building on the success of this year’s Conference, we invite you to participate in the next edition that will be held on 6-8 March 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.

To pursue the conversation on heavy-duty emissions control, save the date for the upcoming Heavy-Duty Diesel Emissions Control Symposium, scheduled on 11-12 September 2018 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Make sure to visit our Events section for the latest updates about our upcoming conferences in Europe.

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