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Amazon, BYTON & Honda To Take The Stage At AutoMobility LA 2018
LOS ANGELES, June 21, 2018 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

-- Leading Technology and Transportation Disruptors will Assemble in LA to 
Shape the Next Generation of Mobility 

Organizers of the LA Auto Show's AutoMobility LA today announced that Ned 
Curic, Vice President of Automotive for Alexa at 
( ) (Alexa), Dr. Carsten Breitfeld, CEO and Co-Founder 
of BYTON, and Ted Klaus, Vice President and Executive Engineer at Honda R&D 
Americas (Honda) have all been confirmed as featured speakers. Each are slated 
to address automotive and industry professionals, as well as media from around 
the world on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. Last year, more than 20,000 people 
over the course of four days attended AutoMobility LA.

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Ned Curic has been Vice President of Automotive for Alexa at Amazon, Inc. since 
June 2017. Curic has more than 25 years of experience in advanced technology. 
Prior to Amazon, he served as the Chief Technology Officer and Group Vice 
President at Toyota Motor North America, Inc. and was co-founder and EVP at 
Toyota Connected, Toyota's global connected car company. Before Toyota, he 
worked for Microsoft, New Century and TRW Space and Technology Group in various 
capacities. During AutoMobility LA, Curic will discuss the increasing 
importance of voice in mobility and how it will be an essential component of an 
autonomous future.

Dr. Carsten Breitfeld, a world-renowned expert in advanced automotive 
technologies, spent the past 20 years at BMW heading up a range of key 
engineering divisions, including leadership of the i8 vehicle program. He is 
now leading the charge at BYTON as the company drives towards production of a 
family of intelligent electric vehicles for key global markets. Breitfeld's 
singular focus on creating a smart device on wheels - including the latest in 
electrification, autonomy and connectivity - is perfectly in line with 
AutoMobility LA's commitment to tomorrow's vehicle technology. Breitfeld's talk 
will address how electrification, connectivity, autonomy and even shared 
vehicles will intersect to change how people interact with cars, and how 
advances in artificial intelligence will be the driving force behind these 

After beginning his career at Honda in 1990 as a development engineer, Ted 
Klaus is now responsible for shaping strategic research at Honda R&D Americas 
Ohio Center, the company's largest R&D operation outside of Japan. There, Klaus 
provides leadership for progressive engineers who are creating the next 
generation of connected vehicles and highways. He oversees Honda's 
participation in the Smart City Columbus and 33 Smart Mobility Corridor 
programs in Ohio, where Honda is working with government, academic and business 
partners to develop a cooperative mobility ecosystem. Klaus' talk, titled Safe 
Swarm Highways: Preparing Infrastructure for the Connected Autonomous Future, 
will focus on separating myth from fact when it comes to future mobility 
solutions. He will detail a major smart mobility project and share real-world 
trial results that are helping Honda move toward its vision of a collision-free 

"We are excited to use the AutoMobility LA platform to address the challenges 
facing our industry and to share what we are learning through evaluations in a 
unique, real-world environment," said Ted Klaus, Vice President and Executive 
Engineer at Honda R&D Americas. "We want to highlight some of the successes we 
have experienced with our partners, because the key future mobility solutions 
will be about collaboration, partnerships and building trust with each other."

"AutoMobility LA always evolves to offer something new and exciting to our 
attendees, and we couldn't be more excited to welcome Ned Curic, Dr. Carsten 
Breitfeld and Ted Klaus," said Lisa Kaz, President and CEO of the LA Auto Show 
and AutoMobility LA. "We pride ourselves in providing a platform that brings 
together key players in the industry to discuss the latest in automotive and 
technology that will one day change the way we get around. AutoMobility LA 
continues to be the place to break news and hold key discussions on the latest 
topics related to the auto-tech world and we look forward to all that's in 
store this year."

Additional information and a schedule of activities will be released over the 
coming months.

In 2017, AutoMobility LA was home to 70 vehicle debuts as well as various 
conference sessions and keynotes from executives at AutoLiv, BMW Group, Intel, 
and Panasonic. The show also featured the inaugural AutoMobility LA Hackathon, 
presented by Honda Innovations with support from the City of Los Angeles, which 
became the first-ever hack hosted by an auto show and attracted a talented 
group of nearly 100 developers. Additionally, the 2017 Top Ten Automotive 
Startups Competition received international recognition, media coverage, 
prizes, exhibit space at the show, and included an advisory session with the 
judges from major automotive and technology companies from Audi, Elektrobit, 
Microsoft, NVIDIA and Porsche Consulting. Previous shows featured a diverse 
range of participating companies such as DISNEY, Intel, Los Angeles Department 
of Transportation, Tesla (first-time exhibitor), Toyota Research Institute, 
Verizon, and more.

AutoMobility LA 2018 will take place November 26-29 at the Los Angeles 
Convention Center. Registration will open July 10.

For more information about AutoMobility LA and the LA Auto Show, please visit: and To listen to 
conference panels, interviews and fireside chats, download and tune-in to the 
AutoMobility LA podcast hosted by CNET's Tim Stevens:

About the Los Angeles Auto Show and AutoMobility LA
Founded in 1907, the Los Angeles Auto Show (LA Auto Show(R)) is the first major 
North American auto show of the season each year.  In 2016, the show's Press & 
Trade Days merged with the Connected Car Expo (CCE) to become AutoMobility 
LA(TM), the industry's first trade show converging the technology and 
automotive industries to launch new products and technologies and to discuss 
the most pressing issues surrounding the future of transportation and mobility. 
AutoMobility LA 2018 will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center Nov. 
26-29, with manufacturer vehicle debuts intermixed. LA Auto Show 2018 will be 
open to the public Nov. 30–Dec. 9.  AutoMobility LA is where the new auto 
industry gets business done, unveils groundbreaking new products and makes 
strategic announcements in front of media and industry professionals from 
around the globe.  LA Auto Show is endorsed by the Greater L.A. New Car Dealer 
Association and is operated by ANSA Productions.  To receive the latest show 
news and information, follow LA Auto Show on Twitter at, via Facebook at or on Instagram at and sign up for alerts at Listen to past panels, interviews and keynotes on 
AutoMobility LA's new podcast at For more 
information about AutoMobility LA, please visit

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SOURCE: Los Angeles Auto Show