AutoMobili-D 2019 at NAIAS – an inside look at future mobility platforms


The automotive industry is rapidly changing, and startups across the globe are a driving force in that transformation.

The inaugural launch of AutoMobili-D in 2017 featured more than 180 brands, ranging from automakers to suppliers, to tech startups as well as universities and government organizations. From John Krafcik debuting the fully autonomous Chrysler Pacifica, to Carlos Ghosn providing insights into Nissan’s plans for a connected future, to Julia Steyn on Maven’s outlook on urban mobility as a service, these great industry leaders and many others took the stage and delivered more than 40 hours of mobility-focused discussions and announcements. Nearly 110 speakers representing 100 different companies spoke on a variety of mobility-focused keynotes and panels.

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in partnership with Techstars Mobility announced applications for startups to participate in the 2019 AutoMobili-D are now open.

GAC Motor Enverge Concept Interior - 2018 NAIAS

GAC Motor Enverge Concept Interior – 2018 NAIAS; photo source:

AutoMobili-D is comprised of six communities: connectedCAR, autonomousDRIVING, eMOBILITY, Universities&ASSOCIATIONS, mobilitySERVICES, and smartCITIES. Last year, nearly 200 different brands with 57 startups, in addition to global automakers, suppliers, universities and government organizations. A powerful A-list, including some of the best minds from top universities such as MIT and Carnegie Mellon, participated in AutoMobili-D symposiums and panel discussions. No other event in North America provides an international platform for this vast array of companies, organizations and thought leaders under one roof.

“The Motor City is transforming into the Mobility City, and AutoMobili-D is anchoring this transformation,” said Ted Serbinski, Managing Director of Techstars Mobility. “Partnering with the North American International Auto Show to bring mobility startups from around the world to showcase their innovative technologies is a driver in Techstars Mobility’s ongoing mission to connect the automotive mobility industry to startups. Through AutoMobili-D, we’ve done just that by facilizing connections and building partnerships at the show.”