DETROIT – The North American International Auto Show announced Thursday that 57 automotive technology startups will showcase their technologies as part of the NAIAS’ startup event, AutoMobili-D.

2018 NAIAS Chairman Ryan LaFontaine, CEO of the LaFontaine Automotive Group in Highland Township, noted that the number of startups exhibiting is up nearly 40 percent from the event’s launch in 2017, and that the companies hail from 11 countries. He said the event “will feature… startups participating from around the world that are highlighting innovations that touch on every aspect of mobility. Collectively these startups have raised more than $157 million in venture capital funding.”

NAIAS’ partner in the event is Boulder, Colo.-based Techstars, a worldwide network aimed at assisting entrepreneurs – specifically, its Detroit-based Techstars Mobility branch for the worldwide transportation industry.

“Detroit is transforming from the Motor City to the Mobility City,” said Ted Serbinski, managing director of Techstars Mobility. “Anchoring this transformation is AutoMobili-D, which is bringing mobility startups from around the world to Detroit. This event has emerged as a crucial connector of mobility startups to automotive and mobility companies, suppliers and related organizations. These connections align with Techstars Mobility’s mission of connecting mobility startups to these established corporations.”

The startups focus on a wide range of topics, including autonomous and connected vehicles, electrification, fleet management, hardware, logistics, manufacturing, mapping, security, smart cities and services.

AutoMobili-D runs from Sunday, Jan. 14 to Sunday, Jan. 21. The NAIAS Press Preview takes place Sunday through Tuesday, Jan. 14-16. The Industry Preview is Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 17 and 18. The NAIAS public show is Saturday, Jan. 20 through Sunday, Jan. 28.

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