New Auto Tech Conference Coming In 2017; Preview Dec. 9

DETROIT — Crain Communications Inc. and MSX International announce the launch of Technology in Motion (TIM), an automotive technology exposition and conference scheduled to be held Sept. 6-8, 2017, at Cobo Center in Detroit.

The companies said the event is intended to become a prominent technology and mobility event, drawing together automakers, auto suppliers, and the technology community.

Among the subjects of TIM 17: technological advancements in autonomous vehicles, connected cars, and mobility and propulsion systems.

TIM 17’s focus:
* Reaffirm the state of Michigan and Detroit as an automotive technology hub
* Provide a forum for the growing interest in connectivity, autonomous vehicles and mobility solutions
* Increase recruitment efforts in the automotive sector, the state of Michigan and Detroit
* Stimulate increased capital and technology investments in the region

“The automotive industry is using new technology to progress at a very rapid pace. Safety, user experience and vehicle efficiency top the list for future vehicle improvement,” said K.C. Crain, executive vice president and director of corporate operations at Crain Communications.

On Friday, Dec. 9, a preview event for TIM 17 will be held in the General Motors Auditorium at the College for Creative Studies’ A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education at 460 W. Baltimore Ave. in Detroit.

The TIM Preview Event will be a day-long conference. Crain will be among the speakers. The rest of the lineup includes:
* Mike Ableson, vice president of strategy and global portfolio planning, General Motors
* Matthew J. Simoncini, president and CEO, Lear Corp.
* Aine Denari, senior vice president, planning and business development, ZF North America Inc.
* David Liniado, vice presidetn of global enterprise new ventures,  Cox Automotive
* Steve Hanna, director of solution sales for manufacturing, Microsoft Corp.
* Danny Shapiro, senior director of automotive, Nvidia
* Christopher Thomas, founder and partner, Fontinalis Partners
* Marc Weiser, managing director, RPM Ventures
* Dan Gilbert, chairman and founder, Quicken Loans
* David Graff, global vice president of retail network solutions sales, MSX International

To register for the preview event, visit For more information, contact Trisha Stephens, TIM Show Coordinator, at, (248) 829-6042

MSX International is a Detroit-based business process outsourcing provider. More at Crain Communications is a privately held media company that produces 21 print publications and 34 news websites, reaching six million people in the United States, Europe and Asia. Included are Detroit-based Automotive News and Crain’s Detroit Business. More at

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