NAIAS Offers Web Series

By Staff Writer September 07, 2020 379

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) will provide a virtual stage to hear from automotive and mobility industry leaders through a new thought leadership series – Q’d Up Mobility.

 The monthly web-based series, which begins this month, will serve as a platform for the industry’s top executives, experts and analysts to discuss their latest insights and share mobility innovations. It will give all NAIAS stakeholders —manufacturers, suppliers, service providers, and auto enthusiasts—the ability to hear from the industry’s best minds.

 “Our show has long been a catalyst for industry-shaping news, showcasing leading automakers and mobility innovators and attracting global media. These longstanding relationships provide us with a unique brand that sets the stage for Q’d Up Mobility, which will serve as a premier virtual venue for everything auto and mobility,” said NAIAS Executive Director Rod Alberts. “We’ve already lined up a roster of leading industry speakers for Q’d Up Mobility as we build momentum toward our next show in June 2021.” 

NAIAS has also formed a marketing partnership with the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Society of Automotive Analysts (SAA) to cross-promote programming in the months ahead. 

Q’d Up Mobility will provide a glimpse into what the now canceled 2020 show had queued up for guests. The idea emerged from the tremendous industry interest for AutoMobili-D, NAIAS’s mobility showcase for technology displays and thought leadership, before the spread of COVID-19 led to the cancellation of the 2020 NAIAS. This year’s AutoMobili-D was set to feature more than 150 speakers covering leading-edge technology and internationally renowned thought leaders in mobility, a perfect complement to the show’s leadership in vehicle debuts. 

In addition to the monthly premiere events, Q’d Up Mobility will also feature additional, shorter virtual discussions and interviews.

Dr. Martin Fischer, president of ZF North America and member of the board of management, will be first to take part in Q’d Up Mobility on September 22. Fischer will open a window into the business strategy that is not only steering a 100-year-old automotive supplier through a global pandemic but is also helping to transform the organization into a global leader in autonomy, integrated vehicle safety, electrification and vehicle motion control technologies. 

“The automotive industry is no stranger to adversity but none of us could have predicted the severity of this pandemic, just like we cannot predict the ripple effects or an ending,” said Fischer. “However, the companies who have learned to navigate crisis situations are finding ways to keep the spirit of innovation alive as we look beyond Covid-19 toward the clean and safe mobility future we had envisioned in 2019.”

Those interested in attending the event can register for free here.

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