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2015 Top Ten Startups of the New Automotive Industry


By CCE Admin, September 14, 2015

The automotive ecosystem is changing every day. We see the stories online and in print, about how the world will be reshaped by major shifts in the way we get from one place to another. And while much of the big muscle to forge these changes comes from entrenched industry leaders, for every multibillion dollar conglomerate there are multitudes of smaller companies chipping away at the established order of things. Along with Fortune magazine, LA Auto Show’s Connected Car Expo presents, for 2015, ten of the startups that are disrupting, influencing, and creating the shape of things to come.

These ten startups were hand-picked by CCE’s Advisory Board for their acumen in vision, speed, execution, social buzz, discipline, determination, ability to adapt, unwavering belief in their misison, and management skill. They were chosen for their potential for disruption, technological innovation and vision, and execution of current vision.

Find out more about each startup here, and then meet the people making them great and get hands-on with the product at Connected Car Expo at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live, November 17.


Combining machine learning with the sensors in your smartphone, Driversiti analyzes how you drive and helps you be better behind the wheel.

Capio delivers a combination of speed and accuracy in speech recognition that connects with devices of all types: the next-generation of speech recognition.
Elio Motors

Elio Motors is redefining personal transportation with a low-cost, fuel-efficient American-made vehicle, available soon for a targeted $6,800 base price.

Members can conveniently rent nearby cars and save money on auto payments, insurance and maintenance. Their patented connected car tech is backed by Assurant auto insurance.
High Mobility

High Mobility's software framework enables your car to talk to your FitBit or other wearable and link your vehicle's autonomous features directly to your body.

A ride service for kids, HopSkipDrive was founded by three experienced professionals who are also working moms. It makes scheduling rides easy, with built-in safety features.
Nebula Systems

MECH5 by Nebula Systems is a secure, cloud-based, vehicle data analytics platform that uses previously unexplored data generated by modern vehicles.
Sober Steering

Sober Steering is the world's only touch-based alcohol interlock, preventing drunk driving through sensors embedded in a vehicle's steering wheel.

TriLumina has developed a family of fast, powerful and cost-effective semiconductor lasers that will allow cars to see, think, predict and react.

Quanergy is the leading manufacturer of 3D time-of-flight LiDAR sensors for 3D mapping and object detection, tracking and classification.