Top Automotive Tech Influencers Headline LA Auto Show's Connected Car Expo

  Top Automotive Tech Influencers Headline LA Auto Show's Connected Car Expo

A Who's Who of Industry Thought Leaders to Share Insights on Emerging Vehicle

PR Newswire

LOS ANGELES, May 16, 2013

LOS ANGELES, May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --No trend in the auto industry is
more topical than advanced technology platforms. To underscore that fact, the
LA Auto Show confirmed today that two dozen automotive technology experts from
companies such as Aha Radio, Auto Alliance, BMW, Delphi, Ford, Gracenote,
Hughes Telematics, INRIX, J.D. Power & Associates, Kia, Livio, Pandora, QNX,
Sprint Velocity, Strategy Analytics and others, have signed on to participate
in the 2013 Connected Car Expo (CCE).

The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) and J.D. Power &
Associates, as part of its Western Automotive Conference, have also joined
forces with CCE. Together they will address the increasingly important role
the dealer plays when training, selling and servicing technology with the end

The CCE is designed to be the automotive industry's most comprehensive
showcase of the new mobility solutions currently transforming the driving
experience. The Expo kicks off November 19, 2013 and continues in conjunction
with the 2013 LA Auto Show® Press Days (Nov. 20 & 21).

While the advancements and issues shaping the connected car landscape will
hold the spotlight, the CCE is also equally focused on connecting key industry
players such as automakers, analysts, suppliers and A-list media in order to
create an environment that fosters new opportunities and partnerships.

CCE organizers have designed a variety of expo elements, such as small
break-out group discussions and fast-pitch sessions with venture capitalists,
which will encourage peer exchange and promote cross-industry collaboration.
For example, CCE's opening day lunch will serve as an intimate networking
session that allows attendees to participate in six 20-minute modules, each
featuring industry leaders representing a mix of automakers and technology
experts. Every session will enable one-on-one interactions and be open for
questions and an exchange of ideas in a small group format.After 20 minutes,
attendees will advance to explore a new topic with a different featured expert
and other attendees.

To date, some of the industry leaders participating in the event include:

  oRobert Acker, General Manager, Aha Radio
  oMitch Bainwol, CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
  oJohn Absmeier, Director, Delphi Labs @ Silicon Valley
  oTy Roberts, Founder and CTO, Gracenote
  oKevin Link, Senior Vice President, Hughes Telematics
  oBryan Mistele, President and CEO, INRIX
  oMike VanNieuwkuyk, Executive Director, Global Automotive, J.D. Power and
  oHenry Bzeih, Kia's Chief Technology Strategist, Connected Car
  oJake Segal, President of Livio
  oGeorge Lynch, Pandora's Vice President Automotive Business Development
  oDerek Kuhn, VP Sales and Marketing, QNX
  oRoger Lancot, Associate Director at Strategy Analytics

"The traditional trade conference is typically heavy on panel discussions and
any networking is usually an informal part of the event," said Lisa Kaz,
President of ANSA Productions, producers of the Los Angeles Auto Show and the
Connected Car Expo. "The CCE will ensure the conference delivers the coveted
one-to-one relationships that are so valuable in today's fast-paced business

In addition to the luncheon there will be a keynote address, several panels
and other interactive thought leadership events slated for day one of CCE,
Nov.19. The remaining two days will include exhibits from leading technology
suppliers as well as various activities including tours of the show floor led
by knowledgeable car technology journalists and exclusive Ride & Drive
opportunities designed to put CCE attendees behind the wheel for a hands-on
look at the latest connected car technologies.

"The conversations and questions raised at the conference will no doubt be the
ones sparking new ideas and concepts in the days ahead, further advancing this
quickly evolving sector of the automotive and technology industries," said
conference chair and a leading automotive technology expert Doug Newcomb.

For more information, including details on how to participate and an updated
list of panelists, visit and

About the Connected Car Expo

Designed to be the automotive industry's most comprehensive showcase of new
mobility solutions, the Connected Car Expo (CCE) will debut on November 19,
2013 and continue in conjunction with the 2013 LA Auto Show® Press Days on
Nov. 20 and 21. The Connected Car Expo represents a singular environment in
which the companies, key players and media involved in the connected car space
can exchange ideas, develop solutions and create the business opportunities
that will shape the future of transportation. Produced by the LA Auto Show
parent company ANSA Productions and chaired by automotive technology expert
Doug Newcomb, the CCE is purpose-built as a thought leadership forum,
technology showcase and industry exchange hosted in the innovation capital of
Los Angeles. For more information, please visit

SOURCE Connected Car Expo; Los Angeles Auto Show

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