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Connected Car Expo of Big Apple Empire State Mobility 4/12

To kick off the 2017 New York International Auto Show, during press days will be the new Empire State of Mobility Conference on April 12, 2017. The conference is assembling leaders and visionaries in the mobility, transportation, government and financial communities to discuss how private/public partnerships will fund the major infrastructure improvements necessary to create connected mobility.

Throughout both press days, there will be a featured exhibit area on the main Auto Show floor that will showcase six emerging mobility-related tech companies.  It appears to be very similar in style to AutoMobility LA, formerly the Connected Car Expo.

On April 13 each company will have 5 minutes to make a company pitch in front of a live audience and a panel of respected judges. A winner will be selected as the New York International Auto Show’s Emerging Tech All-Star

Emerging Tech Showcase Companies

  • Drive.ai – autonomous driving. Drive.ai is a Silicon Valley startup founded in 2015 by former lab mates of Stanford University’s Artificial Intelligence Lab. Drive.ai is a self-driving technology company reimagining the fundamental relationship between people and transportation, developing an integrated hardware and software solution adaptable to a variety of vehicles. Built from the ground up on deep learning, Drive.ai has taken a modern approach to artificial intelligence for self-driving vehicles. Drive.ai is centered around a B2B model and holds a number of strategic partnerships with major OEMs and other businesses. With its nimble, adaptable approach, the company is poised to scale and deliver self-driving technology to business fleets, with pilots starting in 2017. Drive.ai was the 13th company to receive a license to test autonomous vehicles in the state of California.
  • Valens – autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity. WiTricity Corporation is the pioneer of enabling wireless power transfer over distance using magnetic resonance. Through deep domain expertise, semiconductor offerings, a strong IP portfolio and an extensive reference design library, WiTricity works with innovative companies to incorporate WiTricity technology in their products and solutions. With a growing list of global customers in the automotive, consumer electronics, medical devices and industrial markets, the company has emerged as the leader in wireless power transfer over distance.
  • Romeo Power – electrification. Santa Monica startup Romeo Power designs and manufactures cutting-edge consumer, industrial and electric vehicle battery systems. It has a visionary approach, unparalleled engineering expertise, an an executive team that includes some well-known EV pioneers including a veteran of SpaceX and Faraday Future and a member of the Tesla battery team.
  • Witricity – wireless power transfer over distance. WiTricity Corporation is the pioneer of enabling wireless power transfer over distance using magnetic resonance. Through deep domain expertise, semiconductor offerings, a strong IP portfolio and an extensive reference design library, WiTricity works with innovative companies to incorporate WiTricity technology in their products and solutions. With a growing list of global customers in the automotive, consumer electronics, medical devices and industrial markets, the company has emerged as the leader in wireless power transfer over distance.
  • Otonomo – vehicle data management. The connected car of the future is here today – otonomo’s mission is to fuel the connected ecosystem and transform the driving experience by providing a reliable data exchange and marketplace for OEMs, tier one suppliers and 3rd party services.  otonomo’s technology offers a cloud-based solution that seamlessly connects millions of cars to hundreds of services and applications, enabling new business opportunities, as well as an enriched and safer driving experience.The otonomo platform was built from the ground up to handle car data, offering comprehensive functionality such as compliance with regulators, privacy protection, data normalization, accounting, billing, security, market management and more.
  • Via – ride sharing. Via provides shared rides for an affordable flat rate. They’ve built revolutionary technology that is changing the way people get around cities. Using Via, a ride booked on your phone costs little more than the bus. Via is on-demand transit on a mass scale; it’s transportation that’s friendly to their planet. Currently live in NYC and Chicago, they’re backed by some of the world’s top investors and aggressively expanding.

On Thursday, April 13 each company will have the opportunity to pitch its technology to an esteemed panel of judges.  A winner will be selected as the New York International Auto Show’s Emerging Tech All-Star.

This year’s judges include: Dawn Manley, Strategy, Business Development and Partnership at Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center; Steve Girsky, Managing Partner, VectoIQ and former GM Board of Directors; Seval OZ, Former CEO of Continental Intelligent Transportations Systems, LLC; Dave Shepardson, correspondent, ThompsonReuters; and I.P. Park Executive Vice President, Software Center, LG Electronics.