PlanetM and AutoMobili-D honor companies creating mobility-focused innovations
PlanetM, a Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) program, in partnership with North American International Auto Show's (NAIAS) mobility showcase, AutoMobili-D, announced the inaugural PlanetM Awards, which will take place on January 15, 2018, during Press Days at NAIAS.
"As automotive domestic, international, and tech communities all converge in Detroit, there is no better time as during NAIAS to acknowledge companies making the biggest impact on the mobility industry," said Trevor Pawl, group vice president of PlanetM at MEDC. "The PlanetM Awards will bring additional value and programming to AutoMobili-D, where mobility companies meet to access networking, partnership, business development, and industry advancement opportunities."
The PlanetM Awards will further extend support for leading mobility enterprises by honoring those developing industry advancements. All AutoMobili-D exhibitors are encouraged to submit their best product for recognition in one of the following categories: autonomous driving, connected car, eMobility, mobility services, and smart cities.
"With the global array of companies showcasing and debuting exciting technologies and products within AutoMobili-D, having a dedicated award to acknowledge the best of show adds additional exposure to participating enterprises," said Ryan LaFontaine, 2018 NAIAS Chairman. "We greatly value our close partnership with the MEDC as it has allowed us to bring new opportunities and expand the reach of our show each year."
Each category winner will go into a final selection round for the PlanetM Best in Show award. Separately, PlanetM will also announce a Startup of the Year award from the exhibiting startups at the show. Awards will be presented at the PlanetM Awards ceremony on January 15, 2018.
Category winners will be announced on December 12, 2017. For additional questions regarding the PlanetM Awards, reach out to PlanetM@Michigan.org.