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CarStory Hosts Inaugural AUTOVATE Conference at LZR in Austin

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Industry Executives and Thought Leaders Gathered to Discuss Future of
Automotive Retail

CarStory,
the automotive analytics platform for Vast, brought together dealer
executives, investors and entrepreneurs from across the country for the
inaugural AUTOVATE
Conference
, hosted at CarStory's LZR
space
, to discuss innovation and the future of automotive retail.

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Attendees prepare for AUTOVATE. (Photo: Business Wire)

Attendees prepare for AUTOVATE. (Photo: Business Wire)

"We were honored to host the inaugural AUTOVATE at LZR, a legendary
Austin event venue, and now, our company headquarters," said John Price,
CEO of Vast. "As an industry, we often find ourselves at conferences in
Vegas, San Francisco or New Orleans. It was refreshing to gather in
Austin where the intimate tone of the city and venue lended itself to
more meaningful sessions and conversations with our industry peers."

Organized by Cliff Banks of The
Banks Report
, AUTOVATE featured speakers from CarStory,
Cars.com, Paragon Honda Acura, motormindz and AutoGravity.

Key themes from AUTOVATE 2017 included:

  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning: predicting the
    future for dealers selling and consumers buying cars
  • Augmented and virtual reality: making dealerships more efficient
  • Blockchain technology: forging new revenue streams for dealers
  • Online transaction models: expanding markets for dealerships
  • Over-the-air service updates: improving the way dealers can
    roll-out changes

"AUTOVATE's inaugural event exceeded my expectations and redefined what
an automotive technology conference should be," said Jeff VanDongen, CEO
of motormindz.
"The content was highly innovative, timely and resulted in
thought-provoking conversations amongst the attendees. AUTOVATE's
spacious, yet intimate setting created an incredible opportunity for
networking with the many leading auto industry executives and thought
leaders in attendance."

About CarStory

Powered by the industry's largest database of inventory and shopper
insights, CarStory uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine
learning to help both consumers and dealers make confident decisions.
With a network of over 10,000 dealers nationwide, and touching over 15
million consumers a month, CarStory is the leading automotive analytics
platform in the industry. To learn more or sign up, visit: carstory.ai.

About Vast

Vast is the leader in Automotive Vertical AI for automotive industry,
applying domain knowledge, expertise and content to service
customer-acquisition, vehicle sales and data analysis. Vast's auto
platform, CarStory, supports a number of products including CarStory
Market Reports and CarStory.com. Founded in 2005, Vast is the premier
provider of automotive big data solutions for the largest brands in
automotive. Learn more at vast.com.

About The Banks Report

Designed for top automotive executives, dealers, industry analysts and
investors The Banks Report is an online source that provides subscribers
with predictive and comprehensive analysis of what's happening in
automotive retail. Subscribers receive comprehensive industry and
company analysis, industry reports along with breaking news updates. TBR
also is available for consulting services. For more information, please
visit www.thebanksreport.com.

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