AutoMobility LA Top Best Premiers GM Lexus, Toyota, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, Adui, Volvo Prizes & Contests

The Los Angeles Auto Show (formerly The Connected Car Expo) announced that more than 50 vehicles will make their debut during Nov. 27-30, 2017. There are big plans for the event with a long speaker lineup including tech company CEOs as startup and design challenge contests.

Editor’s Note: When AutoMobility LA was formerly called the Connected Car Expo, it won AUTO Connected Car News’ Tech CARS Award for Best Trade Show.

New Cars Concepts & Vehicles

This year, global vehicle reveals scheduled for AutoMobility LA include models by leading automakers such as General Motors, INFINITI, Lexus, Lincoln and Toyota. BMW and Mercedes-Benz are also planning for significant world and North American premieres at AutoMobility LA.

In addition, MINI’s new Electric Concept vehicle will make its North American debut, while Mitsubishi will reveal its 2018 Eclipse Cross. Alongside vehicle debuts and experiential showcases from Audi, Hyundai, Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo and more, this year also marks the first time Tesla will exhibit in a main hall of the show.

Keynote Speakers from Intel & Panasonic

Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, and Tom Gebhardt, CEO of Panasonic Corporation of North America, will be keynotes at the 2017 event.

Krzanich has shifted Intel’s focus to the automotive industry. Intel recently partnered with BMW to deliver a fleet of autonomous vehicles and announced the intent to acquire Mobileye, creator of vision-based collision avoidance systems. .

Gebhardt is leading the charge on Panasonic’s pivot from a primary focus on consumer electronics to automotive system design solutions for the next generation of mobility.

Industry experts slated to participate in the show include:

  • Jan Carlson, Chairman, President & CEO, Autoliv.
  • Matt Carpenter, Principal Security Researcher, GRIMM.
  • Jeffrey Carr, cybersecurity author, researcher, entrepreneur and consultant.
  • Christian Koenigsegg, Founder, Koenigsegg Automotive.
  • Scott Kubly, Director, Seattle Department of Transportation.
  • Terry O’Day, Vice President, Product Strategy and Market Development, EVGo.
  • Peter Rawlinson, CTO of Lucid Motors.
  • Alex Roy, Editor-at-Large, The Drive.
  • Mahmoud Samara, Managing Director, Cadillac Canada.
  • Danny Shapiro, Senior Director of Automotive, NVIDIA.
  • Jack Stewart, Senior Writer, WIRED.
  • Raj Sundaram, EVP & Chief Client Success Officer, Cox Automotive.
  • Polly Trottenberg, Commissioner, NYC Department of Transportation.
  • Andre Weimerschirch, VP of Global Cybersecurity, Lear Corporation.
  • Georg Bauer, President and Co-Founder of
  • Boris von Bormann, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas.
  • Paul DeLorean, CEO of DeLorean Aerospace.
  • Dan Greenwalt, Creative Director at Turn 10/Microsoft.
  • Sanchi Jayaram, Chief of Foreign Investment and Corporate Engagement at the U.S. Department of Justice
  • Sertac Karaman, Founder and President of Optimus Ride.
  • Ashish Kumar, CEO of Zunum Aero.
  • Mark McNabb, CEO of Electrify America.
  • Matt Petersen, President and CEO of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator.
  • Josipa Petrunic, Executive Director and CEO of the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium.
  • Gill Pratt, CEO of Toyota Research Institute.

Following AutoMobility LA, all of this year’s vehicle debuts will be on display at the 2017 LA Auto Show (open to the public December 1-10).

AutoMobility LA 2017 will also include talks from Peter Schwarzenbauer, BMW Group; Christian von Koenigsegg, Koenigsegg Automotive; Gill Pratt, Toyota Research Institute; and John Krafcik, Waymo. These additions to the show’s robust speaker schedule highlight the event’s continued growth and commitment to shaping and improving the future of transportation.

During this year’s show, panelists and speakers will cover everything from innovative developments in auto safety and cutting-edge cybersecurity technology to visionary designs and advancements in connectivity and electrification. Industry experts slated to participate in solo talks and fireside chats include:

Design Challenge

The theme for this year’s “Design & Developer Challenge presented by Microsoft,” taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Wednesday, November 29. Entitled “Smarter L.A. 2060,” competition organizers and Microsoft are inviting leading automotive, transportation, mobility, technology, architecture and design companies to tap their most creative teams to imagine what life would be like in Los Angeles if it were to host the 2060 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Set in the year 2053, the theme focuses on the City of Los Angeles’ bid to host its fourth Summer Olympics and Paralympics in the year 2060. In its presentation to the International Olympic Committee, the city must include a smart transportation/mobility plan that outlines how 20 million citizens, athletes, volunteers, dignitaries and visitors will get around Los Angeles using new and existing public, private and alternate modes of transportation/mobility.
Top Ten Automotive Statups
Magna International Inc. will be a sponsor for its 2017 Top Ten Automotive Startups Competition). With Top Ten continuing to evolve, Magna International Inc.becomes the first company to sponsor the startup competition.

Top Three and grand prize winners will receive a Microsoft BizSpark Plus prize of $120,000 in Azure credits over two years, consultancy from Elektrobit, Microsoft and Porsche Consulting, NVIDIA DRIVE™ PX 2 AI car computing platform, and EB robinos open software framework to speed the development of their autonomous driving functionalities. The Top Ten grand prize winner will also receive a cash award and an opportunity to attend the Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) held on Sir Richard Branson’s private estate, Necker Island.

AUTO Connected Car News will be attending because we are already in Los Angeles and enjoy seeing all the new vehicle launches in Detroit West.