DETROIT -- U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao will give the keynote speech at the Detroit auto show's AutoMobili-D exposition in January.
Chao is scheduled to kick off the exposition, which runs Jan. 14-21.
"Automated technologies will change the way we travel and connect with each other" Chao said in a statement. "The Department welcomes this opportunity to share our vision for promoting the safe and secure integration of new technologies into our country's transportation infrastructure."
The expo is set to take up 150,000 square feet in Cobo Center's atrium and Planet M Hall.
AutoMobili-D said in August that it would be incorporating a new in-person matchmaking element during the press preview and the first industry preview day, that plans to connect automakers, suppliers and tech startups.
The press preview for the 2018 Detroit auto show is Jan. 14-16. The public show runs Jan. 20-28.