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For 27 years, The Automotive News PACE program has honored superior innovation, technological advancement and business performance among automotive suppliers. Judged by an independent panel of judges, PACE is recognized around the world as the industry benchmark for innovation. If you are a traditional or non-traditional supplier, or a startup, the PACE program provides you an opportunity to showcase your “game changing” innovation by submitting an application for evaluation by our panel of judges.

Read below to learn more about the two PACE Programs. 


Has your innovation been sold to an OEM? Is your innovation commercialized? The PACE Award is the program for you.  The PACE Awards enters its 28th year in 2022. With more than a quarter century of history recognizing innovations driven by automotive suppliers, the PACE Award today is recognized as the award in the global automotive industry recognized for identifying and celebrating the latest game-changing innovation from the plant floor to the product to the showroom floor.

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Have an early-stage innovation not yet sold to an OEM customer? PACEpilot is the program for you.  PACEpilot enters its third year in 2022. It is designed to recognize post-pilot pre-commercial innovations in the automotive and future mobility space. These represent product, software/IT system or process and idea incubators that have the potential to revolutionize an automaker’s business and products. 

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The application period to submit an innovation for consideration is January 3, 2022 - March 11, 2022.

Once you start an application, you are able to save and return to the application at a later date. 

At the end of the assessment process, the most impactful innovations will be recognized before a global automotive audience, in Shift publications and events, and at the 2022 PACE Awards.