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After more than two decades in the automotive and innovation space, Tim Yerdon’s passion for the intersection of the two is contagious. As global leader for marketing and communications at Visteon, he champions collaboration across tech, auto and government agencies to advance automotive electronics. We sat down with this market leader to talk motivations, industry shifts and the future of automotive tech.

What would you do if your car broke down and you didn’t know who to go to for help? It’s a situation nobody wants to find themselves in, yet in a time of need, there’s a comfort in knowing that someone you trust will be able to come and assist you.

This was a luxury that Mary didn’t have after her car got a flat tire as she was returning home from dropping her daughter off at school and running a few errands.

Futurists of the not-so-long ago predicted hat by now we’d be getting from Point A to Point B with a flying car or a bullet train. We’re not quite there yet, but we’re getting closer…fast (thanks, Elon).

There are companies out there — some more secretive than others — that are bringing the transportation and automotive industries to new levels. But who are they and what are the chances that they’ll actually have an impact anytime soon? We take a look at a five groundbreaking companies that are bound to change the way we live our lives.

“Your car is smarter than you think,” proclaims Automatic’s website.

Thejo Kote, the auto startup’s co-founder and CEO, aims to bring the standard car into the 21st Century with vehicle data delivered to drivers via a mobile app. With more than $24 million raised, the company is well on its way.

“I’m genuinely irritated that I didn’t come up with this idea.”

Those were the words Mike used to describe his first roadside assistance experience with HONK. Hearing about us a few months earlier from a friend, Mike decided to try it out when he was out the door to drop his two boys at school and his car wouldn’t start.

Want to earn extra money by driving for Uber/Lyft but don’t own a car? CEO Marciano Kim and the team at HyreCar have created a platform to solve that problem.

Kim, who previously built multi-million dollar companies across the world co-founded HyreCar with Abhi Arora in December of 2014. Their goal? To “lead a financial revolution by empowering folks to make money renting their own cars.”

Kim describes the platform as the Airbnb of cars and believes that with the right strategy, some time and the ability to gain the trust of the consumer, HyreCar can help thousands of people around the world.

Nathan Heber has boater happiness on the brain. As CEO and founder of Boatyard, the mobile app connecting boat owners to verified service pros, he’s looking at the on-demand model to deliver from bow to stern.

With a background in real estate and parking, Heber is a serial entrepreneur who saw potential where other people simply saw docked boats. He founded Boatyard in late 2014 as part of the inaugural accelerator class at Venture Hive and later moved to Thesis Ventures’ studios, both in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The goal? Addressing a market of 16 million registered boats with an untapped need for easy access to quality service providers.

As a company that’s hoping to change a century’s old industry, there’s a lot of work that needs to be done. But the reality is that while we’re working away trying to make sure people get the help they need as fast and professionally as possible, we’re not the ones out there changing tires and towing cars. It’s our Partners – and tow men and women in general – who are some of the most dedicated professionals you’ll ever come across.

We talked with Polina Raygorodskaya, CEO and co-founder of Wanderu, the leading ground travel search platform in North America that allows people to find and book the best deals on inter-city bus and train travel.

Founded in 2012, Wanderu’s partners include some of the largest ground travel companies in the world, including Amtrak, Greyhound, Megabus, Boltbus, Peter Pan Bus Lines, VIA Rail Canada, Grupo Senda and Trailways of New York. But Polina’s no stranger to the founder grind.