Source: Crains Detroit Business


50 startup companies to display mobile tech at Detroit auto show

December 06, 2016 3:00 p.m.: The North American International Auto Show announced Tuesday that nearly 50 startup companies will exhibit mobility technologies at the show in January.

The group is part of the NAIAS' AutoMobili-D showcase, which runs during media and industry preview week, Jan. 8-12, at Cobo Center in Detroit. Detroit-based Inventev LLC and Ann Arbor-based Splitting Fares Inc., doing business as SPLT, are the only locally headquartered startups participating in the program.

Inventev is developing and marketing a mobile power-generation system for work trucks and is seeking to open a vehicle development center in the city of Detroit. SPLT developed an app to create a community for carpooling.

The rest are from around the U.S. and Canada, Dubai, London, Portugal and elsewhere, NAIAS said in a news release.

These startups will showcase technologies ranging from "artificial intelligence and machine learning, to autonomous and connected platforms to infrastructure communications and security applications," the release said.

Detroit-based Techstars Mobility, an accelerator designed to bring startups to Detroit, assembled the list of startups for the program.

"These companies are fueling the innovation that is part of the massive change of the automotive industry shift to the mobility industry," Ted Serbinski, managing director of Techstars Mobility, said in a statement. "They recognize the importance of being present at the center of the automotive industry: Detroit."

General Motors Co., Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and Toyota Motor Co. along with IBM Corp., Magna, Schaeffler and ZF Group will be a part of AutoMobili-D. The China Council for the Promotion of International Trade and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. are also partners of the event.