Google self-driving chief to kick off Automobili-D at the January 2017 Detroit Auto Show

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Original Vineet    Sep 29, 2016 7:30 PM PT
Google self-driving chief to kick off Automobili-D at the January 2017 Detroit Auto Show
Claire Peng

By Claire Peng

Going back to 20 years ago, you would never have imagined that today's car might drive by itself. And it might not need pumped-in gasoline to run around the city, but simply charging it up via electricity will suffice. Thanks to the great and mighty technology field, we see this is now possible. The automobile industry has seen a melding of personal tech and cars. With more and more mobile functions installed on a car, you probably wouldn't want go back to the clunky CD player days.

AutoMobili-D, one such tech show bridging the two worlds, will join the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit at Cobo Center as it takes over the heart of the city next January of 2017.

And John Krafcik, the CEO of Google's Self-Driving Car Project, will have the honor of presenting the keynote address at the conference. The speech at the conference will follow the company's plans to open a 53,000-square-foot development center in the city of Novi, Michigan, just outside Detroit.

Google is planning to use the Novi center as automakers hub as it seeks to redefine the automobile just as it redefined the internets.

"For the past century, Detroit has been at the center of the automobile," said Krafcik. "As we look toward the next phase of mobility, it's clear that the Motor City will continue to play a pivotal role bringing together the best of what Detroit and Silicon Valley have to offer."

AutoMobili-D will feature concepts and tech focusing on urban mobility, autonomous driving, electric vehicles, mobility services and connected car technologies. Current companies that have been approved to have their AutoMobili-D participation publicly announced are:


General Motors



Guangzhou Automotive Co.






Industry and Government Partners:

China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT)

Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)

Now in its 29th year as an international event, the NAIAS is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world, providing great access to the products, technologies, innovations, people and ideas that matter most  – up close and under one roof. Administered by Executive Director Rod Alberts, the NAIAS is the largest media event in North America, and the only auto show in the United States to earn an annual distinguished sanction of the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs
d 'Automobiles, the Paris-based alliance of automotive trade associations and manufacturers from around the world.

"Tech companies, automakers, suppliers, industry partners and startups have all embraced AutoMobili-D and the global media platform our show provides," said Rod Alberts, NAIAS executive director. "With the largest gathering of automotive and mobility professionals, NAIAS continues to serve as one of the most influential shows in the world."

2017 NAIAS Dates:

The Gallery – Saturday, January 7, 2017

AutoMobili-D – Sunday-Thursday, January 8-12, 2017

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