Organizers of the Los Angeles Auto Show (LA Auto Show®) and AutoMobility LA™ have announced that the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) mobility initiative PlanetM will be a presenter of its 2019 Top Ten Automotive Startup Competition (Top Ten). The newly-formed sponsorship reflects the deepening relationship between California and Michigan’s technology and automotive hubs. The news of PlanetM’s involvement comes as AutoMobility LA opens its call for submissions for this year’s Top Ten.
“We have an opportunity, and a responsibility, to advance the technology, transportation and automotive landscape in a way that also has the ability to impact and improve the lives of people in a very meaningful way,” said Trevor Pawl, Senior Vice President of Business Innovation at the MEDC. “Collaboration will be critical in developing, testing and deploying those advancements, which is why PlanetM is so excited to be partnering with AutoMobility LA to recognize startups that are driving the future of mobility.”
Presented by PlanetM, Top Ten recognizes breakthrough technologies with the most potential to positively impact society and change how mobility is perceived and experienced. Companies focused on automation, connectivity, mobility as a service, clean/sustainable mobility, advanced material and manufacturing are invited to apply at https://automobilityla.com/top-ten-startups/ by September 27.
Submissions will be reviewed by an esteemed panel of experts and the Top Ten finalists will be announced in October. All finalists will receive two complimentary conference and vehicle debut passes to attend AutoMobility LA (November 18-21, 2019) and its networking events. Additionally, Top Ten finalists will receive space to showcase their company to industry and media attendees from around the world and obtain exclusive access to AutoMobility LA’s executive team and its Advisory Board members.
“Every day, we hear how new startups are transforming mobility – some of those startups made their formal debut here at AutoMobility LA,” said Lisa Kaz, CEO of the LA Auto Show and AutoMobility LA. “With California and Michigan being home to some of the most disruptive companies in mobility, we are pleased to collaborate with PlanetM around our Top Ten, which continues to serve as a preeminent platform for startups from around the world.”
This year’s Top Ten finalists will be in the company of past winners such as PolySync, Thor Trucks, and WayRay. In 2018, Thor Trucks was chosen as the grand prize winner and received a cash award, among other prizes as well as industry recognition. Since winning the Top Ten competition, Thor Trucks, now Xos Trucks, announced an exclusive partnership with Loomis Armored, the largest integrated cash distribution network in the country, to deliver electric armored cars as part of an EV pilot program.
Sponsors and prizes for the 2019 Top Ten competition will be announced in the coming months. Last year, Audi, Plug and Play, SiriusXM Connected Vehicles, and URBAN-X – built by MINI and Urban Us – sponsored Top Ten and the competition was judged by thought leaders from major companies including Microsoft, NVIDIA, Porsche Consulting, and Sansea Consulting.