The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute’s Automotive Futures group has more than 30 years of combined research expertise and thought leadership centered on issues affecting the domestic and global automotive industries. These issues include globalization of the industry, powertrain strategies, and information technology in the form of intelligent transportation systems. Among its activities, Automotive Futures offers an affiliate program to industry partners to support the development and exchange of knowledge. Automotive Futures researchers provide affiliates with automotive industry research and analysis, information resources, and communication forums. The team hosts five conferences throughout the calednar year in February, April, July, September, and November, one being the annual Focus on the Future research conference series, which brings together university researchers and automotive industry leaders to discuss current issues and future trends.