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North American International Auto Show 2019

Welcome to PlanetM's coverage of the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Follow @PlanetM on Twitter and LinkedIn and interact with the PlanetM team through our social channels.


The North American International Auto Show welcomes 40,000 media and industry representatives from around the world during preview week, and more than 800,000 visitors during "public days."



NAIAS and Michigan's Automotive Industry by the Numbers

More than 300 new models of electric vehicles are expected to be released over the next five years. How will EVs change Michigan's auto industry?


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist visit NAIAS 2019


Governor Gretchen Whitmer tours the floor of the North American International Auto Show for the first time as governor.




How is Michigan's automotive industry evolving? Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II shares his impressions of the newest innovations at NAIAS 2019.



Click here to view photos and read the entire Twitter thread.

Michigan Senators Visit AutoMobili-D

Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters visited AutoMobili-D Monday to meet with startups, educators and innovators about the newest research and innovations in the mobility space.





PlanetM Awards 2019

The PlanetM Awards honor enterprises developing innovative mobility-focused platforms and technologies. Founded in 2018, the PlanetM Awards brings together the best mobility companies around the world to Michigan to compete for the ultimate title, Best in Show.

2019 PlanetM Awards Categories and Winners

2019 Techstars Startup of the Year: Wise Systems

PlanetM Pitch Competition 2019 Category Winners
PlanetM Awards Press Release: Wise Systems named Startup of the Year, WaveSense named Best in Show by PlanetM at the North American International Auto Show

Congratulations to all of the winners in the 2019 PlanetM Awards!


WATCH: The PlanetM Awards at AutoMobili-D at the 2019 North American International Auto Show


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Announces $8 Million Mobility Challenge Grant Recipients

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the final round of pilot projects to receive funding under the $8 Million Michigan Mobility Challenge initiative at the North American International Auto Show. Gov. Whitmer was joined at the announcement by Paul Ajegba, Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation, Jeff Mason, CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Trevor Pawl, Group Vice President of PlanetM and disabilities advocate Dr. Kimberly Kennedy of Grand Rapids.


Projects in Battle Creek, Grand Rapids, the Central Upper Peninsula and Southeast Michigan will recieve funding under the Michigan Mobility Challenge grants, which address core mobility gaps for seniors, persons with disabilities and veterans across the state.

Read the full announcement: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announces new mobility projects at the North American International Auto Show that will increase accessiblity for Michigan residents.

WATCH: PlanetM Press Conference with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at the 2019 North American International Auto Show.


NAIAS Welcomes Second Round of Mobility "Match Meetings"

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), in partnership with he Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)/PlanetM, hosted the return of the highly successful business-to-business “Match Meetings” on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

The matchmaking business development meetings promote new connections and collaborations among technology startups, automakers, suppliers and venture capitalists.

“In its inaugural year in 2018, the AutoMobili-D Match Meetings at NAIAS generated over $10 million in investment and contracts between corporations, investors and startups,” said Seun Phillips, PlanetM Director. “Over 75 startups applied for meetings, each having the ability to participate in up to 20 meetings – translating into unmatched business development opportunities and exposure to key audience groups.”

MEDC, PlanetM and NAIAS, along with Techstars Mobility, conducted a series of vetted, prescheduled meetings for participating AutoMobili-D and NAIAS exhibitors. The meetings were held during the first day of Industry Preview, an event synonymous with attracting 40,000 automotive and mobility experts from around the world.

“The North American International Auto Show is a global stage for game-changing companies to demonstrate and debut technologies on future mobility and transportation platforms,” said 2019 NAIAS Chairman Bill Golling. “What better way to promote continued collaboration and tap into the talent and energy of mobility innovators than through focused matchmaking spearheaded by the State of Michigan.”


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