- A new smartphone app that allows users to access thousands of photos from auto shows worldwide has been developed by the organizers of Detroit's North American International Auto Show.
- The app, Auto Show Passport, also includes details about the shows, as well as information on the host cities.
- The free download is available for iPhone, iPad and Android platforms.
TROY, Michigan — A new smartphone app that allows users to access thousands of photos from auto shows worldwide has been developed by the organizers of Detroit's North American International Auto Show.
Called Auto Show Passport, the app was created with sponsorship from Michelin North America and Delphi Automotive. It was designed, say the show's organizers, "to bring the excitement and beauty of hot, new cars to smartphones and iPads."
Auto Show Passport currently contains more than 2,000 photos in 33 galleries from 16 auto shows and other events around the world. Major shows include Beijing, Frankfurt, Geneva, Moscow, Paris, Shanghai and Tokyo. Also in the app are images from events like the SEMA show in Las Vegas, the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
The photos were all shot on location by professional photographers, and the developers say to expect the number to more than double by the end of 2014. Enhancements to be added next year will include the ability for auto show visitors to submit their own photos for review and possible upload to a "User-Submitted Gallery."
In addition to pictures of the cars and the venues, the app will include detailed descriptions of the shows and cultural information about the host cities. The idea, according to the developers, is to answer the question: What are auto shows like in other parts of the world?
"That question is inevitable," said NAIAS Chairman Bob Shuman in a statement. "Because I've had the opportunity to visit other great shows in Europe and Asia, I'm usually able to answer the question. But, now, Auto Show Passport will provide people with the feel of what it's like to be a part of the excitement from the auto show floor in Paris, or Geneva, or Beijing, and so on."
The app's "World Tour" feature allows users to zero in on shows in various locations, "Favorites" lets them save the pictures they like and "Sharing" allows them to forward the best shots to friends. A "Photo Finder" button allows easy access to images that have been tagged by make, model, color, event and year.
To get the free download, visit the Auto Show Passport Web site for links to Apple's iTunes and the Google Play store. Compatible formats include the popular iPhone, iPad and Android platforms.
Edmunds says: We've installed it, tried it and like it.