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WHAT IS IT

As the new auto industry’s trade show, we feature companies that are redefining mobility, converging business sectors, and driving change in transportation. With so many startups coming onto the scene each year, it’s important for us to highlight the most unique ones that are poised for success.

These ten startups get set apart from thousands of newcomers, earn a tremendous amount of media exposure, and place their products/services on AutoMobility LA’s global stage.

HOW IT WORKS

AutoMobility LA’s Top Ten Startups will be judged by leaders from major companies in the automotive and technology spaces, including Audi, Plug and Play, Porsche Consulting, Sansea Consulting, and Sirius XM Connected Vehicles alongside the LA Auto Show executive team.

Previous finalists, such as Spatial.ai and HAAS Alert, have gone on to receive significant funding rounds after participating in the competition.

Once the Top Ten Startups have been selected, this team of esteemed jurors will narrow the list of ten down to three finalists and a grand prize winner. The winning startup will receive a live, on-stage advisor session with influencers in the technology and automotive industries on the afternoon of Tuesday, November 29.

The top ten winner and three finalists will be announced prior to the 2018 AutoMobility LA show, taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center Nov. 26-29.

2018 GRAND PRIZE WINNER

THOR TRUCKS

Thor Trucks was named one of this year’s Top Ten startups after being selected from hundreds of applicants, because of the company’s electric fleet management solutions. After making it to the Top Three alongside an exceptional group of innovative startups from around the world, including CARMERA and what3words, Thor Trucks was chosen as this year’s winner following an impressive pitch session that took place live on-stage during AutoMobility LA in front of the judges.

TOP TEN FINALISTS

A robotics perception pioneer and creator of iDAR™, AEye is a new form of intelligent data collection that acts as the eyes and visual cortex for autonomous vehicles.

An MIT Media Lab spin-off, Affectiva is the leading provider of Human Perception AI – software that detects complex and nuanced human emotions and cognitive states from the face and voice.

CARMERA is building the world’s most robust street intelligence platform, specializing in large-scale “living” high-definition maps for autonomous vehicles.

DarwinAI is a deep learning software company focused on optimization and “explainability” for neural networks. The company’s technique ingests deep-learning networks and provides multiple highly-optimized versions of it.

EVA is a company developing the first compact electric and autonomous vertical take-off and landing aircraft.

Freer Logic is a developer of leading-edge technology that reads your brain (neurotechnology) from the headrest of your car and can detect whether you are too distracted or drowsy to drive safely.

Metamoto enables companies to safely and comprehensively validate AV software in the virtual world before hitting public roads. Metamoto’s innovative, on-demand simulation solutions outpace physical testing by orders of magnitude and help make AVs a near-term reality. 

Metawave delivers WARLORDTM, a smart radar platform, for safe Level 3 and 4 autonomous driving in all weather conditions.

An LA-based commercial electric mobility startup, Thor Trucks tackles fleet management problems; their first product is an all-electric semi called the ET-One.

what3words is the first addressing system designed for voice input. The company currently partners with some of the largest brands in the automotive and mobility industries.

WHAT IT IS

As the new auto industry’s trade show, we feature companies that are redefining mobility, converging business sectors, and driving change in transportation. With so many startups coming onto the scene each year, it’s important for us to highlight the most unique ones that are poised for success.

These ten startups get set apart from thousands of newcomers, earn a tremendous amount of media exposure, and place their products/services on AutoMobility LA’s global stage.

HOW IT WORKS

AutoMobility LA’s Top Ten Startups will be selected from the pool of applicants by a panel of judges comprised of top executives from a variety of industry leading businesses alongside the LA Auto Show executive team. Previous finalists, such as Spatial.ai and HAAS Alert, have gone on to receive significant funding rounds after participating in the competition.

Once the Top Ten Startups have been selected, this team of esteemed jurors will narrow the list of ten down to three finalists and a grand prize winner. The winning startup will receive a live, on-stage advisor session with influencers in the technology and automotive industries on the afternoon of Tuesday, November 29.

The top ten winner and three finalists will be announced prior to the 2018 AutoMobility LA show, taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center Nov. 26-29.

PRESENTED BY

Plug and Play is a global innovation platform. Their programs have expanded worldwide to include a presence in 28 locations globally and companies in their community have raised over $7 billion in funding, with successful portfolio exits including Danger, Dropbox, LendingClub, PayPal, SoundHound, and Zoosk.

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SiriusXM is a leading provider of connected vehicle services to OEMs in the US market, providing customers access to a suite of safety, security, and convenience services.

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SUPPORTED BY

The core company belief of progress in innovation drives the development of every Audi vehicle and inspires the solutions, revolutionary engineering and progressive design that have become synonymous with the Audi name.

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Porsche Consulting, a wholly owned subsidiary of Porsche AG with nine offices around the world, offers consulting services to both the Volkswagen Group and outside clients spanning industries such as automotive, aerospace and industrial goods as well as consumer goods and services.

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URBAN-X is the leading accelerator for startups reimagining city life. Built by MINI and Urban Us, URBAN-X selects up to 10 startups, twice a year, for its competitive, five-month program which focuses on product, business and network development all in preparation for fundraising

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Top Ten Startups - AutoMobility LA // November 18 - 21, 2019
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