DETROIT – PlanetM and AutoMobili-D Tuesday announced that CARMERA, provider of real-time 3D maps and navigation-critical data for autonomous vehicles, was awarded both Best in Show and Startup of the Year by Governor Rick Snyder at the inaugural PlanetM Awards ceremony during the 2018 North American International Auto Show.
“AutoMobili-D, the premier mobility technology event in the U.S., attracts world-class companies to showcase their latest and greatest advancements in mobility,” Snyder said. “This year’s inaugural PlanetM Awards represents Michigan’s evolution from motor to mobility epicenter. It was an honor to present CARMERA with the PlanetM Best in Show Award. I would also like to congratulate all of the 2018 PlanetM Award competitors and applaud them for their innovative mobility advancements and platforms.”
The PlanetM Awards are a partnership between PlanetM, a Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) program, AutoMobili-D and NAIAS. PlanetM created this awards structure to honor enterprises developing innovative and mobility-focused platforms and technologies. The North American International Auto Show provides the platform for companies in this industry to showcase their products, services, and technologies.
“When we kicked off this year’s PlanetM Awards, we never thought one company would be selected by such a diverse group of judges, from a massive pool of applicants, to win both our Best in Show and Startup of the Year accolades,” said Trevor Pawl, group vice president of PlanetM at the MEDC. “This speaks to CARMERA’s innovative impact in the market. We were delighted to recognize CARMERA, and all our category winners, for the 2018 season.”
CARMERA, the PlanetM Awards category winner for Autonomous Driving, was selected for both prestigious awards by two separate groups of judges, who reviewed an unprecedented amount of awards applications for both product and startup submissions. CARMERA provides real-time 3D maps and navigation-critical data for autonomous vehicles, as well as 3D scene reconstruction and site analytics data for professionals in architecture, construction, real estate and other built environment segments. The company operates out of facilities in Seattle and New York.
“We couldn’t be more proud and honored to have received all of the recognition this week at NAIAS. As a fast-paced startup, we tend to keep our nose to the grindstone and maintain focus on solving really challenging problems for customers,” said Ro Gupta, CEO for CARMERA. “But it’s a great boost to all of us to meet so many smart, supportive people in this community and celebrate the continuing progress in defining the future of mobility. We are equally grateful to our first institutional partners in one of the most welcoming areas of the world for what we do, and couldn’t be happier to be the resident autonomous vehicle mapping company at both University of Michigan’s TechLab/Mcity and Michigan State University’s CANVAS Lab. We intend to have an even greater presence in Michigan going forward. Thank you PlanetM, and watch this space!”
PlanetM Awards 2018 Category Winners
Autonomous Driving: CARMERA, CARMERA Autonomous Map
Connected Car: VOXX Automotive, EVO Rear Seat Entertainment
eMobility: URB-E, URB-E
Mobility Services: Parkofon, Parkofon
Smart Cities: Immotor, Immotor GO II
Each category winner of the PlanetM Award received complimentary access to the PlanetM Landing Zone, located at WeWork Merchant’s Row in Detroit.