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The Leading Online Source for News and Reviews on the Future of Transportation Hosts Second Annual SHIFT Awards, Real-Time Coverage and Expert Panels

SAN FRANCISCO – Jan. 5, 2017 – Roadshow by CNET, the leading online source for news and reviews on the future of transportation, returns to the North American International Auto Show’s (NAIAS) Detroit Auto Show, Jan. 8 through Jan. 22, with a line-up featuring the second annual SHIFT Awards, expert panels and exclusive real-time coverage.

At this year’s show, Roadshow returns for the second year as the official digital news and video partner for NAIAS, where it will feature exclusive live streams of vehicle debuts, conversations with industry luminaries, 360-degree tours of the event and real-time news coverage direct from the showroom floor.

Designed to help steer the conversation around the next generation of transportation, Roadshow entered the marketplace a year ago to help consumers better understand the changing dynamics of technology’s impact on cars and driving. With expert reviews and industry insights, Roadshow’s platform provides consumers with a comprehensive overview of the rapidly evolving automotive landscape.

Since debuting one year ago, Roadshow has been among the fastest growing automotive sites, which has experienced year-to-date growth of 43% as of November 2016 according to the latest comScore numbers.

In addition, Roadshow will also recognize the companies and technologies that are transforming and upending the auto industry through its annual SHIFT Awards. Winners of the SHIFT Awards will be announced by Roadshow editor-in-chief Tim Stevens and CNET editor-at-large Brian Cooley on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 10:05 AM, EST from the Roadshow booth.

This year’s categories include:

  • Vehicle of the Year – Roadshow’s pick for the most innovative new production of a car or truck

  • Cabin Technology of the Year – Roadshow’s choice for the most innovative in-car systems

  • Safety Technology of the Year – Roadshow’s award for the most innovative active or passive safety tech within a vehicle or its infrastructure

  • Driveline Technology of the Year – Roadshow’s choice for the best new propulsion developments in the engine, motor or transmission

  • Industry Disruptor Award – Roadshow’s selection of the organization or person(s) with the biggest impact on the automotive landscape

We’re thrilled to be headed back to Detroit where it all started for us last year,” said Tim Stevens, editor-in-chief of Roadshow. “The Detroit Auto Show gives us our first look at the big automotive trends for the year to come, and with the renewed focus on technology and mobility for 2017, we can’t wait to see what’s in store. The Roadshow editorial team will be there to cover the news, identify the future trends and help explain what it all means.”

Roadshow will also host a number of expert panels featuring some of the most forward-thinking minds in the industry to explore current topics in car tech, including:

The State of Autonomy

As we get closer to full autonomy, the industry gets closer and closer to solving the various technological problems that stand in the way. However, that still leaves a number of societal and legislative hurdles to surpass before we finally achieve the goal of fully self-driving cars on public streets.

Roadshow editor-in-chief Tim Stevens hosts a discussion on the current state of the art for autonomous cars with a group of industry leaders, including: Ken Washington, vice president of Research and Advanced Engineering at Ford Motor Company; Danny Shapiro, senior director of Automotive at NVIDIA; and David Strickland, counsel and spokesperson for the Self-Driving Coalition.

The State of Autonomy takes place on Sunday, Jan. 8 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM, EST at the Cobo Hall Atrium.

V2X Breakdown: What is my connected car talking to, and why?

Roadshow takes an in-depth look at the future of connected cars with an entry-level discussion explaining the technology and discussing any advancements seen at the Detroit Auto Show.

Roadshow editor-in-chief Tim Stevens will moderate a panel of industry experts, including: Anupam Malhotra, director of Connected Vehicles at Audi; Patrick Morgan, VP/GM of ADAS Product Line, NXP; Roger Lanctot, associated director at Strategy Analytics; and Matt Smith, intelligent transportation systems manager at Michigan’s Department of Transportation.

The V2X Breakdown panel takes place on Wednesday, Jan. 11 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, EST at the Roadshow Stage.

Autonomy as a Helping Hand

Fully autonomous cars could create a new era of mobility for those who have previously needed others to drive them. What are the potential benefits and ramifications for the elderly, the disabled and young? How might this development change car design?

Roadshow managing editor Chris Paukert leads a discussion with industry executives, including: Kyle Rakow, AARP National director and VP of Driver Safety; Richard Wallace, director of transportation systems analysis at the Center for Automotive Research; and Mark A. Riccobono, president of the National Federation of the Blind.

The Autonomy as a Helping Hand panel will take place on Thursday, Jan. 12 from 2:00 PM to 3.00 PM, EST at the Cobo Hall Atrium.

Marketing Future Cars to Future Buyers

Roadshow takes a peek into the future by examining what car commercials might look like in 10 years when all our cars are driving themselves.

Roadshow editor-in-chief Tim Stevens, will steer the conversation around this topic with top advertising and automotive experts, including: Eric Weisberg, global chief creative officer at the Doner Agency; Xavier Mosquet, managing director and senior partner at the Boston Consulting Group; and Steven Szakaly, chief economist at NADA.

The Marketing Future Cars to Future Buyers panel will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 11 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM, EST at the Roadshow Stage.

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