NAIAS debuts smartphone app image

The organizers of the North American International Auto Show are debuting a new smartphone application that allows users to view photos from auto shows around the world.

Auto Show Passport, features more than 2,000 photos from 16 recent auto shows, including those in Paris, Geneva, Detroit, Frankfurt, Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo, and will add photos from upcoming shows.

“It’s meant to illuminate the characteristics of the car,” said NAIAS Chairman Bob Shuman in a conference call. “We want that color and excitement to be added to it. There won’t be any stock photos.”

Many auto shows currently have their own smartphone applications, but organizers say Auto Show Passport is meant to highlight global vehicles in the auto show environment in one place. The free app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

Users can search for photos by manufacturer, model and color, and can save and share photos via email or social media platform. Professional photographers take the photos and visitors who attend NAIAS in January will be able to submit their own to be part of a user-submitted gallery. Organizers expect to grow the app to include more than 4,500 photos by this time next year.