LA Auto Show and AutoMobility features VR, car apps

DOWNTOWN LA –The AutoMobility LA car tech conference featured speakers on connected cars, VR and cars, carsharing apps, and more at the Convention Center before the LA Auto Show.

– Elio Motors crowdfunded car startup with help from Start Engine. Elio cars will cost under $10,000 and get 50-85 mpg.
– If you drive 2 hours a day, that’s only 8% usage. Turo’s Peer to peer car sharing lets u rent out your car the other hours, perfect to put the second car in your garage to work, or to get a second car to pay for itself, said David Stewart.
– Porsche Digital and Mercedes Benz are looking for partnerships and investments with startups, said speakers on the panel
– BMW Reach Now adds Brooklyn NY to Seattle and Portland for its CarSharing app service, said Steven Banfield
– Hyundai’s Blue Link skill for Amazon Alexa lets u tell Alexa to heat up / AC your car from home
– The Genivi Alliance Linux open platform lets devs create car services, like track your music / audio consumption like Nielsen ratings but for your car instead of TV
– LA based Edmunds Dev Chatbot lets u find a car to lease based on make, model, year, color, nav, deal, and book a test drive. Edmunds hosted a lunch panel at AutoMobility
The LA Auto Show floor includes a Nissan – Star Wars Rogue One tie-in that features a model Tie-Fighter (photo right), Shoretrooper costumes, and model vehicles from the film. Also on display: black and white limited edition Rogue One cars, complete with Star Wars branding, that come with a Imperial Trooper helmet. This is the first Star Wars branding of a car itself. Try the Nissan Rogue OneVR teaser experience that promotes an upcoming game: drive your Nissan to avoid Imperial Troops.