Organizers of the Los Angeles Auto Show and AutoMobility LA announced the winners of the 2018 hackathon, entitled Code AutoMobility LA, sponsored by Visa and General Motors; and the winners of this year’s Top Ten startups.
Tribal Scale won the grand prize of $40,000 at the hackathon for its in-car AI-driven e-commerce platform, which allows consumers to purchase items directly from the vehicle for curbside pickup. Pit Stop won second place and received $30,000 for its machine learning predictive maintenance solution for rideshare drivers, and EVHub won third place and received $15,000 for its monthly membership plan that improves a consumer's EV charger experience by charging one rate and eliminating the need for multiple apps.
"There is no singular solution to creating a world with zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion, and the pitches presented at this year's coding challenge highlight the opportunity to bring this vision to life," said Charles Thomas, Chief Data and Analytics Officer for GM. "The caliber of talent was exceptional, and we were impressed with the participants' ability to develop data driven solutions that would positively impact the connected vehicle experience."
Participants were tasked with developing innovative technology solutions that could help drivers and their passengers get to destinations safer and smarter, as well as make seamless in-car payments. They were given access to key insights and application-programming interfaces (APIs) from Visa, GM, and the City of Los Angeles to help with their creations, which ranged from parking assistants, real time in-vehicle commerce, vehicular ticketing systems, and predictive maintenance, among others.
Also announced at the LA Auto Show was the grand prize winner of AutoMobility LA’s 2018 Top Ten Automotive Startups Competition, Thor Trucks.
The competition was presented by Plug and Play and SiriusXM Connected Vehicles. With Audi and URBAN-X—built by MINI and Urban Us—as supporting sponsors, this year's Top Ten winner received $15,000 in cash and industry recognition.
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 onstage during AutoMobility LA in front of the judges. The panel of judges was comprised of AutoMobility LA's executive team, and leaders from major companies in the mobility space, including Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Plug and Play, Porsche Consulting, Sansea Consulting, and Sirius XM Connected Vehicles.
Thor Trucks is an electric mobility company focusing on fleet management with firsthand knowledge of the difficulties experienced running diesel fleet vehicle operations, which include maintenance, and outdated hardware. In response to those challenges, Thor Trucks built a viable medium- to heavy-duty truck mobility platform, which is designed to be affordable and easy to adopt. What differentiates the company is its tailored battery design, dynamic platform, and chassis configurations, and holistic delivery model. Thor Trucks has pre-production vehicles collecting data on the road currently, and will officially begin production in Q1 2019.