Some 65 mobility startups are registered to exhibit at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan this month. Representing a 14-percent increase over 2018, and nearly a 60-percent increase since the NAIAS began providing a dedicated area for mobility exhibitors three years ago. According to Detroit blogger Ted Serbinski, 77 percent of the 65 startups are first-time NAIAS exhibitors.
Mobility is a popular auto-industry buzzword covering self-driving cars, among other related new-age transportation disciplines. You can’t pick up an automaker annual stockholders’ report and not find "mobility" mentioned, usually more than once. Simply put: It’s the future. Three years ago, the NAIAS created its AutoMobili-D area specifically for mobility developers to exhibit their technologies.
This year’s exhibitors, said Serbinski, populate a wide swath of mobility technologies including self-driving cars, connected car, electrification, fleet management, mapping, security and so forth. With roughly 86 percent of these mobility startups already working with carmakers and suppliers, the goal is to not only create new relationships, but strengthen existing ones.
AutoMobili-D will be open to show goers Jan. 14 through Jan. 17. Beginning as a regional event in 1907, the NAIAS officially went international in 1989 with the expansion of Cobo Hall, its current home. This year’s show will be open to the public from Jan. 14 through Jan. 27.