Membership Update
Message from the Society President
Javier Gozálvez

It is a great honor and privilege to serve as the 2016 President of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. We are a diverse applications oriented society with interests in motor vehicles, mobile radio and land transportation. Our unique profile places VTS in a privileged position to serve the technical community and lead the development of connected vehicles. VTS has started a series of actions in this domain like the new connected vehicles series in our transactions, or a new column and section on connected vehicles in our magazine. We are actively working in launching more activities in connected vehicles, and we will keep you regularly updated on their progress. Actually, one of our key objectives for 2016 is to improve our communications to members, and our monthly e-newsletter is going to be an important mechanism to do so but not the only. The Society is working on a new website, an active participation in social media, and the creation of a multimedia platform, all of which should be active during the first half of 2016.

The value of a Society like VTS is directly related to the activities and contributions we generate, the value we provide to our members, and the participation and engagement of our members. Some members have expressed in our 2015 members’ survey their interests to actively contribute in the Society activities, or their wish for more activities to be developed in their field of interests. I would like to encourage you to get involved with the Society and take a pro-active role in helping VTS develop new content and activities to serve the needs of our members. You can find on the volunteering section of our website open volunteer positions. Also, don’t hesitate to contact me for feedback and suggestions that can help VTS better serve our members and the technical community in our three fields of interests.

I would like to conclude my first message as VTS President informing you that VTS is undergoing its five year society review at next TAB meeting in February 2016 in San Diego. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all volunteers in leadership positions within the Society who have actively contributed towards the preparation of such review process. We will keep you updated on the outcome and the recommendations VTS receives.

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In this Issue
Membership Update
Message from the Society President
Message from the Vice-PresidentóMembership
IEEE VTS New Fellow MembersóClass of 2016
Mobile and Portable Communications
Wireless Power Transfer
Automotive Electronics
Smartphone Connectivity
Connected Vehicles
Towards Automated Driving
Publications
Vehicular Technology Magazine