Major car shows across the globe — in New York, Geneva, Detroit, Paris, and elsewhere — have been called off amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But in Thailand, where the outbreak is mostly under control, the show must go on.
Initially scheduled for March and delayed twice, the 41st Bangkok International Motor Show opened to visitors on Wednesday. The show's organizers have taken a whole host of precautions to make sure everything runs smoothly, and the expo may provide a peek at what big events will look like as the threat of infection looms large.
If Bangkok's show is anything to go by, contact tracing, temperature scans, and sanitation robots may be commonplace at conventions of the future. Below is a look at the first major auto show since the pandemic began — and a look at what other areas of the world may be in for once their outbreaks slow.
Auto shows worldwide were postponed, moved online, and called off entirely as the COVID-19 pandemic shook the auto industry and prohibited large gatherings.
Originally scheduled for early March and delayed twice, the Bangkok International Motor Show opened to the public on Wednesday — and it shows what large events may look like in the age of coronavirus.
Thailand has gotten its coronavirus outbreak largely under control, going several weeks without confirming a local transmission of the virus.
To step up sanitizing efforts, the venue's owner purchased a Germ Saber UVC, an ultraviolet-sterilization robot.
Not to mention, the show's organizers are also running a virtual event for people who can't or don't wish to go to the live convention.
The show features 27 car brands and will run through July 26.
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