Technology expo open to public at ’18 Detroit auto show

Ian Thibodeau
The Detroit News

Visitors to next year’s Detroit auto show will get a better glimpse into the future of the automotive industry. That’s because the show’s AutoMobili-D technology and mobility exhibition will continue through the first weekend that the North American International Auto Show is open to the public. AutoMobili-D was open only to the automotive press when it premiered at January’s show.

The dedicated exposition at the 2017 show had a test track and displays in 120,000 square feet of the Cobo Center Atrium. More than 180 automakers, suppliers and technology startups held demonstrations and discussions there about self-driving cars and other looks at the future.

“AutoMobili-D was an overwhelming success as industry-leading companies and thought leaders came together under one roof to showcase and discuss future industry paths,” Rod Alberts, NAIAS executive director, said in a statement.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said the public days will be “the perfect place for people who love cars and have in-demand skills to connect with industry representatives looking for talent.”

More than 200,000 people attended the first weekend of this year’s public show. Public show dates for 2018 are Jan. 20-28.

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