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The Optics Driving Today’s Auto Industry


08 September 2017

The Optics Driving Today’s Auto Industry

Panelists to Discuss How Today’s Optical Technologies Will Impact Tomorrow’s Drivers
WASHINGTON – In the next ten years, the auto industry will undergo a profound transformation: the cars it builds, the power moving them forward and the consumers who buy them will look significantly different. Optical technologies, in many ways, will enable these changes. Featuring experts from all aspects of the automotive industry, this panel discussion will highlight advances the technology behind (and above) the dashboard and how it will impact how we drive in the future.
When you think of cars of the future, what features do they have? Autonomous is one technology used, alternate fuels is another, and even then, will it have a 5G connection to live-stream your favorite sporting event?  It is safe to assume that future cars will still have four seats, rubber tires, powered by gasoline and still resemble a metal box. But that’s where the similarities end. Enabling and empowering the next-generation of transportation is optics and photonics.

This discussion is coordinated by The American Physical Society (APS) and The Optical Society (OSA), and sponsored by The American Institute of Physics (AIP). Local Washington DC media are welcome to attend. Attendees will be provided the opportunity to interview panelists following the program.
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WHAT: The Optics Driving Today’s Auto Industry
WHEN: Tuesday, 19 September, 10:00 – 11:00 EDT
WHERE: FiO+LS, Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC

Panelists include:
This Speakeasy Science program is funded in part by a grant from the AIP Venture Partnership Fund, American Institute of Physics, One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD: www.aip.org.

About The American Physical Society
The American Physical Society is a non-profit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, education, outreach, advocacy and international activities. APS represents over 53,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories and industry in the United States and throughout the world. Society offices are located in College Park, MD (headquarters), Ridge, NY, and Washington, DC.
About The Optical Society
Founded in 1916, The Optical Society (OSA) is the leading professional organization for scientists, engineers, students and business leaders who fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate achievements in the science of light. Through world-renowned publications, meetings and membership initiatives, OSA provides quality research, inspired interactions and dedicated resources for its extensive global network of optics and photonics experts. For more information, visit osa.org.
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