The Los Angeles Auto Show’s AutoMobility LA has a full line up of events, new car introductions, startups, industry speakers, parties, networking and hackathon. This event was formerly know as the Connected Car Expo.
This year, global vehicle reveals scheduled for AutoMobility LA include models by leading automakers such as General Motors, INFINITI, Lexus, Lincoln and Toyota. German giants 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
The show kicks off on Monday, November 27, with the “Securing Mobility Summit” – an all-new, one-day event that discusses all aspects surrounding cybersecurity and the automotive industry. Tuesday’s talks will cover industry hot topics including artificial intelligence, autonomy, ride sharing, cybersecurity and electrification to name a few. Alongside the keynotes by BMW Group, Panasonic and Waymo, Jan Carlson, CEO of Autoliv, will deliver his keynote via a fireside chat on Tuesday to discuss how automakers can deliver autonomous products that are easy to understand and use, as well as the safety challenges that lie ahead.
Wednesday morning will kick off with the Motoring Invitational celebrating Prestone Products Corporation’s 90th anniversary, followed by important announcements from both the Motor Press Guild and the North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle judging committees. Prior to the first vehicle debut of the show, the CEO of Intel will keynote for the second consecutive year. Thursday will open with important green announcements by Toyota, Green Car Journal and Washington Auto Show, followed by a full day of press conferences featuring global and North American debuts by new and established automotive and mobility brands.
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:
- Automotive Safety: Jan Carlson, CEO and President of Autoliv
- Future of Mobility: Christian von Koenigsegg, CEO of Koenigsegg
- Auto Battery Technology: Peter Rawlinson, CTO of Lucid Motors
- In addition to solo talks, AutoMobility LA will feature panels on multiple topics including artificial intelligence, electric vehicle innovation, cybersecurity, the future of dealers, and the intersection of horizontal and vertical transportation.
- Additional featured panel participants include:
- Georg Bauer, President and Co-Founder of Fair.com
- 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
The aforementioned participants only add more clout to an already impressive list of thought leaders from companies such as Cox Automotive, EVgo, GRIMM, Seattle Department of Transportation, and WIRED.
Startup Finalists on Display
The finalists for its 2017 Top Ten Automotive Startups Competition (Top Ten) presented by Magna International, Inc. will be showing their products.
- Cerebri AI: Providers of patent-pending AI solutions to monetize a customer’s interactions with its vendors, utilizing the vast amounts of internal customer behavior and transaction data as well as external data
- EV Safe Charge: Based in Los Angeles, EV Safe Charge provides nationwide safe, reliable and robust residential and commercial electric vehicle charging solutions
- GhostWave: Providers of ADAS radars with two strategic technologies; immunity from mutual interference and a vehicle obstacle warning radar
- GoKid: A complete carpool solution for schools, teams and active families
- Innoviz Technologies, Ltd.: Developers of cutting-edge LiDAR remote sensing solutions to enable the mass commercialization of autonomous vehicles
- Mighty AI: Delivers the training data to build models for autonomous vehicles, computer vision and natural language
- Neteera Technologies, Ltd.: Developers of Terahertz sensing technology, which has the flexibility to be used in varying applications to solve needs that have been flagged in different industries and markets
- Ridecell: Providers of an end-to-end solution that supports all types of mobility-as-a-service offerings: car sharing, ridesharing, car rentals and even fixed route services
- SPLT: An enterprise carpooling solution which leverages urban technology to reduce inefficiencies in transportation
- WayRay: Developer of holographic augmented reality technologies for advanced connected cars
The Top Ten is also introducing a new award this year in conjunction with the Top Ten prizes. Presented by technology giant NVIDIA, the best automotive startup using AI will be announced during AutoMobility LA 2017. The winning company will receive NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 AI car computing platform and EB robinos open software framework.
The 2017 Top Ten will be narrowed down from ten to three later followed by a grand prize winner being determined on November 28 during AutoMobility LA. The grand prize winner will participate in an advisory session with the judges, as well as receive significant prizes – including a $15,000 cash award – to help further grow their business. All winners are chosen by the competition’s esteemed panel of judges, comprised of executives from Elektrobit, and the LA Auto Show executive team, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Porsche Consulting, and Time Inc.’s The Drive.
Fun Vehicle on Display
Arcimoto, makers of the world’s first Fun Utility Vehicle™ (FUV) — an affordable and practical pure electric vehicle for everyday commuters and fleets, today announced highlights of the Company’s plans for the upcoming 2017 LA Auto Show, which runs December 1-10, 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The plans also include details for Arcimoto’s presence at AutoMobility LA, the official press event and automotive industry trade event of the LA Auto Show, which takes place November 27-30 throughout the convention center.
- Arcimoto AutoMobility LA Test Drives: November 28-30, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. each day at Drive Space #6. Sign up at Arcimoto’s booth or email Megan Kathman at email@example.com
- Arcimoto AutoMobility LA Press Conference: November 30, 11:45 a.m. – 12:10 p.m., South Hall Atrium, LA Convention Center.
- 2017 LA Auto Show: December 1-10, Arcimoto is located in Booth SL7B in the South Atrium of LA Convention Center; 9:00 a.m. to close each day.
Honda AutoMobility Hackathon
The AutoMobility 2017 Hackathon, sponsored by Honda Innovations. The Hackathon, which will be hosted by AutoMobility LA for the first time, will take place over a period of 24 hours, November 27-28 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
For this year’s Hackathon, developers will be asked to tackle the transportation and mobility issues faced by large, dynamic cities like Los Angeles, when hosting a major international sporting event that can further already frustrating congestion issues. Potential solutions for drivers or passengers could include a navigation app for locals to avoid traffic jams, an augmented reality app for visitors to explore the city, or a fully-blown virtual reality app for fans to experience the competition live from within a vehicle. Participants will have access to data from the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Transportation and have access to a Honda vehicle to utilize in building applications that address mobility challenges.
Developers will have access to vehicle APIs and software as well as have the opportunity to leverage public and 3rd party APIs and SDKs for augmented reality, mapping, points of interest and payment technologies.
The registration fee to participate in this year’s Hackathon is $99 and is open now until November 15. Registration grants access to both the networking event and kickoff party on November 27, as well as automotive press conferences taking place November 29-30. Winners of the Hackathon event will be announced and awarded on the main stage of AutoMobility LA inside the Technology Pavilion on Wednesday, November 29.