20 Startups Set to Showcase at North American International Auto Show

With their pedal to the metal, the automotive industry is working to bring consumers the latest technology to their driving experience and looking to startups for solutions.

Coming this January, the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), one of the most prestigious auto shows in the world, will be providing access to automotive products, technologies, people and ideas that matter most – all from downtown Detroit, the heart of the automotive industry.

Techstars Mobility is the first North American accelerator focused on the future of transportation and mobility. Headquartered in downtown Detroit, announced their partnership with NAIAS to bring 50 global startups to the auto show and demo their innovative mobility technologies as part of AutoMobili-D, a dedicated startup expo.

This partnership is part of Techstars Mobility’s ongoing mission to connect the automotive and startup worlds by breaking down silos and forming partnerships. Techstars Mobility has invested in 50 mobility startups from all around the world over the past 18 months. They are collectively valued at over $100 million.

The startups include a wide range of technologies, ranging from artificial intelligence and machine learning to autonomous and connected platforms, to infrastructure communications and security applications with 20 out of 50 participating are Techstars alumni.

This is a pivotal time for the automotive industry, as tech and mobility are becoming more integrated. Through the AutoMobili-D showcase, this will be the first time an auto show will include a dedicated startup expo.

Here is a list of the 20 Techstars startups that will be attending:

Acerta Systems Analytics (Mobility ‘16) – an enterprise platform that uses machine learning to detect anomalies and predict failures in real time for vehicles coming off the assembly line or being driven.

Algocian (Mobility ‘16) – an edge computing platform that uses deep learning to make every camera smart.

backstitch (Sprint ‘16)  – helps organizations to deliver more relevant, accessible, and actionable communications to employees, clients, and partners.

CDL Warrior / LoadRadar (Mobility ‘15) – a mobile first platform that connects truck drivers and small fleets to the supply chain.

Classics&Exotics (Mobility ‘15) – a new marketplace that connects owners of unique vehicles to pre-screened, highly qualified renters, allowing them to offset the high cost of ownership.

Donut Media (Mobility ‘16) – a digital media central for the next generation of automotive and motorsports enthusiasts.

Drive Spotter (Mobility ‘16) – a machine learning platform that trains human drivers and autonomous vehicles for enterprise fleets.

GoKid (Mobility ‘16) – a complete carpool solution for schools, teams and active families, helping parents to carpool with families they know and trust.

HAAS Alert (Mobility ‘16) – the mobile vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) platform that delivers preemptive notifications to motorists, informing them of the road ahead.

HERO App (Mobility ‘16) – a platform that reduces insurers’ liability from drunk driving by providing bars/restaurants with a mobile solution that incentivizes customers to get home safely

LaaSer (Atlanta ‘16) – solves the deadly problem that when you call 911 from a mobile device, they don’t know where you are.

LISNR (R/GA ‘15) – an ultrasonic inaudible technology; a communication protocol that sends data over audio.

My Dealer Service (Mobility ‘15) – empowers automotive service departments with mobile connectivity and workflow management, elevating efficiency and creating an unprecedented customer experience.

Pitstop (Mobility ‘15) – a predictive maintenance platform that uses big data to detect vehicle issues before they happen.

PolySync (Ventures) – products and services that simplify and accelerate the development, testing, and deployment of self-driving cars.

Revio (Mobility ‘15) – a telematics hardware platform that uses connected devices to make power sports safer and more secure.

Spatial (Mobility ‘16) – Artificial intelligence location platform and API that enables vehicles to answer location questions only a local would know using real time social data.

SPLT (Mobility ‘15) – a company focused on moving people efficiently and sustainably in urban and suburban areas. Its team is devoted to improving mobility in cities and reducing our collective carbon footprint with innovative transportation solutions.

Super Dispatch (Sprint ‘16) – a platform that enables automotive logistics companies to eliminate paperwork, manage loads, drivers and billing all in one place.

TEQ Charging, Inc. (IoT ‘16) – a company catalyzing the growth of the electric vehicle market by increasing the accessibility and affordability of charging infrastructure.


Applications for Techstars Mobility 2017 program will be opening January 9th. Startups can apply here.

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