Detroit Auto Show Goes Autonomous

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A transportation showcase of a different kind will take center stage at the North American International Auto Show in 2020, as the longstanding event shifts into an entirely new era. In the first year that the annual Detroit event is set to be held in the summer, five tech companies will be on hand, providing visitors and residents with rides in autonomous vehicles, as detailed in a Smart Cities World report.

  • Five tech firms have been selected to provide autonomous vehicles for the 2020 Detroit Auto Show as part of the Michigan Mobility Initiative.
  • The tech companies will operate different self-driving vehicles on fixed routes in the downtown Detroit area.
  • The 2020 North American International Auto Show signals a new era for the event, being the first-time it has been held in the summer.

Hyundai Mobis is one of several companies in the auto sector involved in the Michigan Mobility Challenge. (Photo: Hyundai Mobis) 

A group of tech companies will be charged with helping to drive the North American International Auto Show into the new era of mobility.

The initiative, part of the Michigan Mobility Challenge, will provide local residents and visitors with an opportunity to experience autonomous vehicles during the show which runs from June 6 – 21. Focused on highlighting the advancements Michigan is making in the space, the initiative will operate a number of different shuttle services on fixed routes in and around the downtown Detroit area.

The groups selected to participate in the Michigan Mobility Challenge, a project launched by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, include Continental, Navya, Yandex, Local Motors by LMI and AutoGuardian. The collaborative effort is comprised of representatives from the auto, academia and government sectors.

The public will be able to follow the autonomous vehicles and book a ride via an app.
Michigan officials are also working on an initiative that will provide visitors with autonomous transportation to and from downtown Detroit and the Detroit Metro Airport.

The 2020 North American International Auto show will mark the first time the event has been held in the summer, in the 31-year history of the event.


With the North American International Show now being held in June, high-tech components like the Michigan Mobility Challenge are important in helping the Detroit event remain relevant. It also helps to establish Detroit and Michigan as a major player in the new world of mobility.

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