Automobility LA is the new conglomeration of the Los Angeles Auto Show Press & Trade Show and Connected Car Expo, and bills itself as “the new auto industry’s first true trade show.” The show focuses on “the new mobility movement” and features 4 days jam-packed with networking and professional collaboration, keynotes, panels, discussions, business announcements and product unveilings, and the chance to see who’s who and what’s what in the automotive industry. Industry professionals - from automotive makers to tech developers to investors and more - came from all over to “learn, connect, and make deals” in Los Angeles this November. Of course, the Urgent.ly team was eager to attend.
We’re excited about what we’re doing here at Urgent.ly, driving innovation and pushing the industry as a whole to improve roadside assistance services. For years, customers were stuck with legacy roadside clubs, dreading the day they needed a jump start or got a flat tire. Everyone knew that roadside assistance was a general pain, destined to take hours as you waited at the side of the street - or highway! - for a tow truck you weren’t even totally sure was coming.
That’s not the case anymore. We’ve empowered the consumer with modern technology. Now, the Urgent.ly customer knows there’s a better way, and that roadside troubles need only to be a minor setback. As word spreads, everyone - from those traditional roadside clubs to insurance companies and automotive manufacturers - is looking to improve the roadside assistance experience. AutomobilityLA was just the ticket to sharing our revolutionary model with everyone looking for the future of roadside assistance.
Urgent.ly team members spent 4 days hanging out at the Urgent.ly booth to spread the word, and meeting with other influencers in the industry. Jaivin Karnani, Urgent.ly’s Director of Marketing, says “Automobility LA was a great show for us to establish relationships with tier-1 partners looking to accelerate their roadside assistance programs.” He reflected on the experience and the potential this opportunity unlocks for Urgent.ly by adding, “We had lots of excitement around our on-demand roadside assistance solutions and it was great to showcase our platform solutions for many different OEM partners.”
Back in the office, the team has been bustling with excitement from their time in Los Angeles. The team is eager to pursue new opportunities, to connect with new partners, and to continue to share our platform in order to drive the industry to better roadside assistance.
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Many individuals and local authorities have already jumped on the opportunity to remind users to drive safely. There are even signs popping up on highways to encourage safer driving.
Luckily, there are tools out there to help the tech-obsessed (or the poke-obsessed) improve their driving. One of our favorites is an app called TrueMotion Family! The app analyzes your driving in order to provide you with a score - and insights as to how you drive. It's perfect for parents who want to monitor their teen drivers. The app gives parents the power to see where their kids drive, and produces a 'report card' on their driving in addition to an assessment of whether they were driving distracted (using their cell phone). Plus, families have access to roadside assistance on-demand from right within the TrueMotion app.
I don’t remember Ash, Misty, or Brock driving cars in their quest to be the very best, like no one ever was. And there aren’t vehicles any in PokemonGO. At Urgent.ly, we love the game and just like you, we’re prepared to travel across the land searching far and wide to catch 'em all, but we encourage you to put safety first in your travels! Remember that the power of Pokemon is awesome in augmented reality but automobiles are a powerful tool meant for use in the real world and require optimum focus to operate safely. In a world we must defend, you can start by driving safely, and catch and train ‘em all when you’re not operating a vehicle.
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