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Visa And General Motors To Co-Sponsor 2018 Hackathon At AutoMobility LA


Visa And General Motors To Co-Sponsor 2018 Hackathon At AutoMobility LA

Industry Leaders Come Together to Re-imagine the Road Through Connected Vehicles and Commerce

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LOS ANGELES, Sept. 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Los Angeles Auto Show's AutoMobility LA today announced that for the first time, Visa and General Motors (GM) will co-sponsor the hackathon at AutoMobility LA, taking place November 25-26, 2018 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Focused on reducing congestion, emissions and building in-car payment solutions, both Visa and GM see the hackathon at AutoMobility LA as an opportunity for participants to explore solutions that will improve the overall driving experience.

As the future of transportation evolves, Visa will utilize the hackathon at AutoMobility LA as an opportunity for participants to explore new in-car payment solutions that can improve the overall driving experience. As the world's leader in digital payments, Visa believes simple and secure in-vehicle payments are a crucial part of the connected car transformation.

"With over 135 million commuters in the U.S. every day, Visa promotes in-car payment solutions that are secure, simple and emphasize driver convenience," said Olabisi Boyle, Senior Director, Connected (IoT) Platforms. "Today's advances in digital technology are shaping how in-car commerce will evolve, and through this hackathon, developers can harness data and payment technology to create a more intuitive and personalized generation of in-car payment experiences."

GM is the leader in vehicle connectivity, with more than nine million cars, trucks and crossovers already on the road in the United States with built-in 4GLTE Wi-Fi. Connectivity will play a significant role in helping the company achieve its vision of a world of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.

"General Motors and Visa share a goal to simplify and improve the world around the driving experience – an area primed for innovation and ripe with potential to benefit drivers, passengers, pedestrians, city planners, merchants and more," said Charles Thomas, GM's Chief Data and Analytics Officer. "We believe tremendous value can be unlocked through data optimization and advanced analytics and the hackathon at AutoMobility LA will be a great way to put new talent, expertise, and knowledge to work on challenges that can make a difference for millions of people."

"We are excited to have GM and Visa as co-sponsors for this year's hackathon and believe that this unique partnership will bring in innovative and talented developers who want to create solutions for a better driving experience," said Lisa Kaz, President and CEO of the LA Auto Show and AutoMobility LA. "This is the second year that we've fully owned the Hackathon and having these blue-chip brands on board is another example of our ongoing commitment to being at the forefront of the new mobility era."

Registration for the 2018 Hackathon at AutoMobility LA will open this fall.

For additional information on AutoMobility LA, to register for passes or learn more about the Hackathon, please visit:

To listen to conference panels, interviews and fireside chats, download and tune-in to the AutoMobility LA podcast hosted by CNET's Tim Stevens:

About the Los Angeles Auto Show and AutoMobility LA

Founded in 1907, the Los Angeles Auto Show (LA Auto Show®) is the first major North American auto show of the season each year.  In 2016, the show's Press & Trade Days merged with the Connected Car Expo (CCE) to become AutoMobility LA, the industry's first trade show converging the technology and automotive industries to launch new products and technologies and to discuss the most pressing issues surrounding the future of transportation and mobility. AutoMobility LA 2018 will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center Nov. 26-29, with manufacturer vehicle debuts intermixed. LA Auto Show 2018 will be open to the public Nov. 30-Dec. 9.  AutoMobility LA is where the new auto industry gets business done, unveils groundbreaking new products and makes strategic announcements in front of media and industry professionals from around the globe.  LA Auto Show is endorsed by the Greater L.A. New Car Dealer Association and is operated by ANSA Productions.  To receive the latest show news and information, follow LA Auto Show on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram  and sign up for alerts at For more information about AutoMobility LA, please visit and follow AutoMobility LA on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Listen to past panels, interviews, and keynotes on AutoMobility LA's new podcast at

About General Motors Co.

General Motors Co., its subsidiaries and joint venture entities produce and sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang and Wuling brands. GM has leadership positions in several of the world's most significant automotive markets and is committed to lead the future of personal mobility. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at

About Visa

Visa Inc. is the world's leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network - enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company's relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. For more information, visit and @VisaNews.

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