LA Auto Show's Connected Car Expo FASTPITCH Competition Finalists Revealed

  LA Auto Show's Connected Car Expo FASTPITCH Competition Finalists Revealed

8 Finalists Address Privacy, Safety, Mapping and More as They Battle for
FASTPITCH Champion Title and Splunk Award

PR Newswire

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 29, 2013

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Two months ago, the LA Auto Show
announced that it would offer start-up app developers and budding auto
technology companies the opportunity to showcase their innovations and present
pioneering mobility solutions to key industry leaders at the Connected Car
Expo's (CCE) FASTPITCH competition. Now, the best of the best have been
selected, and eight start-ups have emerged as clear front-runners.

With the help of Robert Herjavec of ABC's "Shark Tank," a group of esteemed
industry decision makers will listen to pitch presentations and select a
winner from these eight finalists on the opening day of CCE, Nov. 19. This
year's judges include Philip Potloff, Executive Vice President and CIO; Christy Wilson, VP of Product Operations at Splunk; Linda
Senigaglia, NeverLost Senior Director of Product Marketing for Hertz; and
Martin Price, Co-Founder of Productsy. The event emcee is Jon Alain Guzik,
founder and CEO of RideApart and Hubris Factory, Inc.

Each FASTPITCH entrant was challenged to solve a current roadblock affecting
the automotive landscape. The top ideas address an array of issues, ranging
from privacy and security to mapping and safety. The following finalists will
now compete for the FASTPITCH title, powered by Splunk®.


With the AUTOcyb™, AIRMIKA Inc. aims to ease the privacy and consumer
protection concerns of motorists driving connected, electronics-intensive
vehicles. A simple device that the driver controls safeguards access to
automotive 'black box' in-vehicle electronics networks. A 2013 Technovation
Selectee at Consumer Electronics CEweek in New York, AIRMIKA's AUTOcyb™ is the
world's first and only vehicle cyber security lock. It is globally
standardized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).
With a simple turn of a key, users exert their Fourth Amendment expectation of
privacy. Think of it as your vehicle's firewall. "Make everyone ask your
permission" is the company's mantra.


Estify aims to streamline the auto collision industry with the use of
cloud-based services. The proposed system uses three platforms to simplify the
collision repair process. EstifyTransfer imports estimate data into the
current estimating platforms, EstifyReconcile combines multiple estimates in a
split second and EstifyParts electronically sends parts lists to many
providers simultaneously, ensuring competitive pricing for shops and
convenience for users.

Green Driver EnLighten™

Green Driver's EnLighten™ app uses real-time traffic light information and
existing infrastructure to improve safety at intersections, increase in-city
fuel economy and reduce driver stress, while enhancing convenience. With seven
cities already online, Green Driver aims to become the leading source of
traffic light signal data, providing added value to manufacturers, drivers and
local traffic regulation agencies.

TOSH Electric & Construction Electronic Flare System and Apparatus (Electronic
LED Flare)

In an effort to decrease post-crash risks and increase driver safety, the
multi-purpose Electronic LED Flare uses a sensor-based device that will deploy
when a vehicle is involved in an accident or detects a power failure, leaving
the vehicle stranded. The system can be installed during the vehicle's
production phase, or added as an aftermarket device.

Trucker Path

Trucker Path is a popular logistical assistant app geared toward professional
truck drivers and trucking companies. It provides Weight Station and Truck
Stop detailed information, locations, reviews, directions and pin point map
locations. It provides detailed information about highway patrol weight
stations in all 50 states and features information, such as, address
information, phone/fax numbers, user reviews, current weather, directions, map
view of stations and whether a specific weight station is open or not.

USC Marshall School Gaugify

The Gaugify app offers a variety of LCD cluster skins for drivers who prefer
customization to maximize visual organization. The proposed cluster skins
include in-house designs as well as collaborations with popular brands such as
Gucci or Hello Kitty to help create the perfect aesthetic for each driver.

USC Stevens ClearPath

In an effort to exceed the efficiency of current GPS mapping applications,
ClearPath has invented a navigation system that can identify the fastest path
at any given time. ClearPath identifies routes that take 18% less time to
travel as compared to the most sophisticated existing solution, while also
taking into account multiple points of interest and predicting accident
impact. With requested funding, ClearPath is slated to run on all major smart

Victoria Walker RodeDog

RodeDog is a mobile app created by 11-year-old Victoria Walker, which helps
prevent texting and driving. Walker's app functions by "barking" at users who
attempt to unlock their mobile device on the road. The app also notifies the
driver's "pack" if smart phone usage occurs while traveling above a set speed,
in an effort to promote social responsibility. RodeDog recently won the AT&T
"It Can Wait" Hackathon competition.

Robert Herjavec will announce the FASTPITCH winners immediately following a
panel on entrepreneurs' role in the changing automotive industry, and the
first place winner will be awarded a Splunk Start Program Enterprise License:
20GB for 12-month term, including Splunk education, marketing and support
teams ($40,000 Value).

"Our finalists have exceeded our expectations with their timely and
solution-based innovations," said Erik Swan, Splunk CTO and Co-founder. "We
look forward to seeing their presentations and assessing their salesmanship
skills on CCE's opening day."

Media registration for Connected Car Expo Press Days can be accessed here.
General registration for CCE is also open at this time. For more information,
please visit

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About the Connected Car Expo

Recognizing that tech innovation and integration have transformed the
automobile into the ultimate mobile device, LA Auto Show® organizers (ANSA
Productions) launched the Connected Car Expo (CCE) – a global stage designed
to showcase new mobility solutions, unveil new auto technology and connect
professionals from two ever-converging industries. CCE 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. Chaired
by automotive technology expert Doug Newcomb, CCE is purpose-built as a
thought leadership forum, technology showcase and industry exchange hosted in
Los Angeles – an international hub for innovation. CCE debuts on November 19,
2013, and will continue as part of LA Auto Show® Press Days on Nov. 20 and 21.
For more information, please visit

Media Contacts:
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JMPR Public Relations, Inc.
(818) 992-4353



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