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PlanetM highlights mobility at NAIAS and AutoMobili-D

AutoMobili-D returned to the North American International Auto Show in 2018. Located in the Cobo Center Atrium, AutoMobili-D brought together automakers, tech startups, university organizations, and more all working to advance the next generation of transportation mobility. 


 PlanetM recap: January 2018 mobility events 

January was an amazing month for the automotive and transportation mobility industries. Following CES (formerly The International Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, where there were numerous exhibits featuring new transportation technology, it was time to kick off one of the most anticipated automotive shows of the year: the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

This year’s show featured amazing reveals from Michigan’s legendary Big Three automakers—Ford, General Motors, and Fiat Chrysler—as well as other companies from around the world all together in Detroit, the heart of the automotive industry. However, it was not just the new vehicles that had attendees flocking to this year’s show.

AutoMobili-D 2018

Just below the main floor was AutoMobili-D, an eight-day event that featured over 150,000 sq. ft. of new mobility technologies and solutions from 50 startups and Michigan universities. The exhibitors’ work ranged from autonomous and connected vehicle technologies to smart cities, and a range of interactive experiences provided a glimpse of what the future of transportations holds.

Match Meetings & PlanetM Awards

Also at AutoMobili-D, Pure Michigan Business Connect and Techstars Mobility hosted more than 400 business-to-business meetings, which were arranged between startups entering the transportation industry and companies already established. Startup pitch competitions were also organized by PlanetM and judged by industry experts, and the inaugural PlanetM Awards—held to honor exemplary innovations in mobility by participating startups. Below are the category winners:

AutoMobili-D also hosted the first ever Future Automotive Career Expo (FACE), which provided the public the opportunity to find jobs and learn about careers in the automotive industry.

Washington Auto Show

This enthusiasm was carried from Detroit into the 2018 Washington Auto Show where a panel was held to discuss autonomous and connect vehicle regulations. The panel was presented by PlanetM, featuring Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder as a speaker.

CES, NAIAS and AutoMobili-D, as well as the 2018 Washington Auto Show all showcased new emerging technologies and facilitated partnerships between businesses that will shape the future of transportation in the years to come.

NAIAS 2019

January was certainly an exciting start to 2018 for the growing mobility industry, and throughout these iconic events PlanetM showed the world that Michigan is where ideas in mobility are born.

PlanetM is already preparing for the 2019 North American International Auto Show. Please check back soon for more details.


Save the Date: 2019 North American International Auto Show

     Press Preview: January 14-15
     Industry Preview: January 16-17
     Charity preview: January 18
     Public Show: 19-27



Find more coverage of these events featured in MEDC’s Facebook live series Mobility LIVE  presented by PlanetM. To learn more about the history of NAIAS and Michigan’s automotive industry leading up to 2018, view the video below: