Butzel Long attorneys featured during Walsh College’s 9th Annual Human Resources Summit

Butzel Long attorneys Rebecca S. Davies, James S. Rosenfeld and Diane M. Soubly will be featured speakers during Walsh College’s 9th Annual Human Resources Summit on Friday, March 2, 2018 at its Troy campus. For additional information, visit http://www.walshcollege.edu/hrsummit

Davies, an adjunct faculty member, is again a co-chair of the event. She will present a program titled, “Embracing Change: Understanding Employment Law under the Trump Administration.” Davies will provide her annual update on employment law with an emphasis on the recent changes under the Trump administration

Notably, Rosenfeld and Soubly will co-present a program titled, “Investigating Unlawful Harassment in the Post-Weinstein World.” They will discuss the risks and issues involved in harassment investigations; review the nuts and bolts of conducting compliant harassment investigations; and, emphasize the need to review and possibly re-publish a compliant unlawful harassment policy and procedure as well as renew training efforts in a post-Weinstein world.

Rebecca S. Davies

Rebecca S. Davies is based in Butzel Long’s Detroit office. She concentrates her practice primarily in the areas of employment law and commercial litigation. She represents employers in federal and state court litigation and before state and federal administrative agencies. She regularly counsels employers regarding compliance under federal and state employment laws (including FLSA, FMLA, ADA and Title VII), drafts policies and procedures, and advises on preventative strategies.

James S. Rosenfeld

James S. Rosenfeld is an attorney and shareholder in the Detroit office of Butzel Long. He has served as the manager of Butzel Long’s Labor and Employment Practice Group and has extensive experience in litigating a wide variety of labor and employment cases. He has completed 40-hour General Civil Case Mediator Training and frequently provides proactive training to employers and associations on various employment related issues, such as harassment avoidance and effective supervision. He is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, listed in the Best Lawyers in America in Labor and Employment and ranked by Chambers USA.

Diane M. Soubly

Diane M. Soubly, based in Butzel Long’s Ann Arbor office, is licensed in Michigan and Illinois. For over 38 years, she has represented employers (from small to national in size) in agency proceedings and in individual and class action employment litigation and employee benefits litigation. She has been elected a Super Lawyer in both fields in both states and is one of a select few attorneys nationally who have been elected Fellows of both the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. She has served as outside counsel and as investigator in sexual harassment investigations, has conducted sexual harassment trainings, and has developed sexual harassment policy and procedures for employers and for the State Bar of Michigan.


About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing and Shanghai. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel Long on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

‘Detroit Rising’: Chamber’s Detroit Policy Conference focused on regional civility

Feb. 27, 2018

Crain’s Detroit Business

Chad Livengood

The Detroit Regional Chamber hopes to build on the collaboration that went into Detroit’s community project examining origins of the 1967 riots and the city’s unsuccessful bid for Amazon’s second headquarters at a policy conference Thursday centered around making a business case for civility.

The chamber’s seventh annual Detroit Policy Conference at MotorCity Casino Hotel will focus on creating a culture of civility in a region with a long history of division.

Conference organizers believe the Detroit region’s biggest challenges can be solved with a little more civility among the fractured borderlines of wealth, culture and politics, said Devon O’Reilly, manager of entrepreneurship and Detroit engagement for the chamber.

“The biggest thing we can do is show how civility can be injected into any conversation,” O’Reilly said in an interview for the Crain’s “Detroit Rising” podcast. “Whether it be transit, or whether it be placemaking or putting together a multi-city bid for a large corporation, there’s a place for civility in any conversation.”

More than 700 business, civic and government leaders are expected to attend Thursday’s daylong conference.

Speakers focusing on why civility matters will include Henry Ford Health System CEO Wright Lassiter III; Detroit RiverFront Conservancy CEO Mark Wallace; Police Chief James Craig; and Nikolai Vitti, superintendent of Detroit Public Schools Community District.

Detroit Historical Society CEO Bob Bury will be part of a panel discussion about how the museum’s Detroit ’67 project came together for last year’s 50th anniversary of Detroit’s July 1967 rebellion.

Bury, who is leaving the historical society at the end of June, will be joined on that panel with Hudson-Webber Foundation CEO Melanca Clark and Tricia Keith, executive vice president of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

There also will be a panel discussion about the lessons learned from the failed Amazon bid among officials from Quicken Loans Inc., the city of Detroit, Wayne County and the Detroit Regional Chamber, which were involved the frenetic assembly of a proposallast fall.

Jeanette Pierce, executive director of the Detroit Experience Factory, was on the planning committee for this year’s Detroit Policy Conference. Her organization takes Detroiters and visitors on tours of the city to expose them to different parts of Detroit.

“This is all about breaking down those barriers that our region has built up,” said Pierce, who grew up on Detroit’s east side. “Other regions have (them), but sometimes they’re a little more extreme here — our segregation, our separation, and if we can move forward as a region, it’s going to be by working together and being collaborative.”

O’Reilly and Pierce talked about the policy conference’s focus on civility in a podcast interview recorded at Sister Pie bakery in Detroit’s West Village.

 

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2018 Detroit Policy Conference to Focus on Improving Community Relations

Feb. 26, 2018

Grace Turner

dbusiness

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2018 Detroit Policy Conference, to be held March 1 at the MotorCity Casino Hotel, will offer insight on the need for civility in public discourse, communities, and the workplace.

More than 60 speakers will take the stage at the conference, and sessions will highlight examples of people and projects that have put differences aside and moved Detroit forward through civility.

“From the beginning, the Detroit Policy Conference has sought to inspire and inform regional business leaders about what is happening in Detroit,” says Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber. “This year, carrying from our work at the 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference, the theme is ‘creating a culture of civility.’ In order to move the Detroit region forward, we must rise above the national dialogue and work together with the highest levels of civility.”

The centerpiece session, beginning at 12:50 p.m., will feature James Craig, Detroit police chief, and Nikolai Vitti, superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools Community District.

The conference will discuss what it means to be civil and examine the role traditional and social media play in driving incivility.

The conference will be from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Ticket prices start at $209. Breakfast and lunch are included. For more information on the event and registration, click here.

The Detroit Policy Conference began in 2012 and annually brings together about 700 urban and suburban leaders from business, civic, and government organizations in an effort to promote collaborative efforts to grow business in Detroit.

The Detroit Regional Chamber is more than 100 years old and is one of the oldest chambers of commerce in the country. Its mission is to power the economy for southeast Michigan through economic development, education reform, regional collaboration, and providing benefits to members.

 

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St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Seeking Artist Donations for Cancer Center Project

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor is seeking artwork from Michigan artists to decorate its soon-to-be renovated cancer center.  The hospital’s art committee is opening a call for submission, asking local artists to consider donating a piece of original art to be displayed among a total of 200 to 300 pieces throughout the cancer center.

“Our vision is to include creative, uplifting artwork gifted by our local artists to support patients, friends, family and staff on their healing journey,” said Dave Raymond, regional director of planning and design at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.

St. Joe’s Art Enrichment Committee is working with Pictures Plus, an Ann Arbor art and frame shop, to help curate and install the artwork.

“This new cancer center will serve the surrounding community, and we want to give local artists a unique opportunity to create a healing environment with their art,” said Kathryn Savitskie, art consultant from Pictures Plus, who is overseeing the submission process.

Artwork in the cancer center will focus on the Great Lakes, four seasons and natural environments with soothing, calming features that are harmonious with restorative care.

Submission guidelines are as follows:

  • Donation information should be sent to: StJoeCancerCenterArt@gmail.com
  • Attention: Kathryn Savitskie
  • Intent for donation should include the artist’s name, address and contact information.
  • Artists should include any photos and description of the artwork donation, including size, media and any special installation requirements.
  • Deadline: Sunday, April 15, 2018
  • All donation submissions will be reviewed by the arts committee, and selections will be made based on suitable images, sizes and materials safe for public display.

St. Joe’s hopes to display up to 300 pieces of original artwork in the new cancer center.

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor announced plans last August for a new 66,000-square-foot Cancer Center designed to deliver comprehensive cancer care for patients. Construction is now under way, with completion slated for November 2018


About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a health care organization serving seven counties in southeast Michigan including Livingston, Washtenaw, Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Jackson, and Lenawee. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, and 133-bed St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea.  Combined, the five hospitals are licensed for 1,553 beds, have five outpatient health centers, six urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 15,300 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians.   SJMHS has annual operating revenues of about $2 billion and returns about $120 million to its communities annually through charity care and community benefit programs.

SJMHS is a member of Trinity Health, a leading Catholic  health care system based in Livonia, Mich. Trinity Health operates in 22 states, employs about 131,000 colleagues, has annual operating revenues of $17.6 billion and assets of about $24.6 billion. Additionally, the organization returns almost $1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs.

For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit www.stjoeshealth.org.

ArcelorMittal Sees its Future in an Old Detroit Plant

By: Paul Eisenstein

Driving through the old neighborhood on Detroit’s east side there’s a good chance you’d barely  notice the 92-year-old brick building, just one of many ancient factories left over from another era when Detroit was the indisputable center of the automotive universe. Slow down a bit and you might realize something dramatic is happening there – and at several other old plant sites nearby.

Originally opened in 1926 by the R.C. Mahon Co., a specialty steel producer, the 313,000 square-foot factory has come back to life to serve much the same purpose, albeit today producing state-of-the-art tailored blanks and other products for ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel manufacturer.

“In five years, you won’t know the area.It’s changing, and changing for the better,” says Mike Clark, the director of purchasing for the ArcelorMittal subsidiary, as he points to all the redevelopment efforts going on nearby, even the old party store across the street undergoing a renovation.

ArcelorMittal operates a similar factory in Ohio, but having experienced 30 percent growth for its specialty unit in the past two years, it recognized the need to add another plant. It looked at an assortment of sites in the Great Lakes region before settling on the Mt. Elliott factory.

Some of the advantages were obvious, including Detroit’s available and well-trained workforce, and “this is where our customers are,” ArcelorMittal supplying specialty metal products to all of the Detroit Big Three, as well as a Who’s-Who of imports.  Meanwhile, the Luxembourg-based steelmaker also had to deal with a compressed timetable, just 13 months to get a new factory into production.

Clark is quick to give much of the credit for making that possible to the Detroit Regional Chamber. “They aligned us with the right people to make it more favorable than any other location, among other things helping line up city and state incentives, including funding to improve the stretch of road between the plant and I-94.”

“They gave us the green-light,” he says, adding that the steelmaker was happy with what the Chamber pulled together.

In an era when many manufacturers prefer to move to the suburbs and build from the ground up, Clark said that it made much more sense for ArcelorMittal to move into the old factory. True, it took extensive renovation effort, but even after pumping in $40 million – the owner of the property kicking in another $10 million – the numbers made sense, especially with the short deadline for meeting new production contracts.

“Investments like ArcelorMittal’s in the Detroit region are what our organization strives for every day,” said Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber. “We are actively out recruiting companies with the best technology that can help drive our core industries forward. The Chamber’s business attraction efforts seek to communicate to companies the advantages of locating to our region and then we connect them with the real estate, incentives, services and partners they will need to bring their project to fruition in our community, ultimately putting more of our residents to work.”

Economic development is a team sport and this project relied on tremendous additional support from DTE Energy, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and the City of Detroit to get it across the finish line.

ArcelorMittal is still ramping up operations at the Detroit plant – which includes not only the manufacturing shop, a metrology and metal research lab, and a variety of sales and executive management offices. The first-year target is to create 84 jobs – but that could be exceeded, Clark notes. Sales for the specialty unit hit $158 million in 2017 and the forecast is that they will reach $258 million by 2019.

The company is already looking to the future, its three-to-five-year North American plan calling for additional expansion. Though it did sign a 15-year lease, the company hasn’t locked down longer-term plans. That said, Clark said he is upbeat that, by working with the Chamber, the stars may again fall into alignment favoring further expansion in the city of Detroit.

Oakland Community College Chancellor’s Scholarship – Qualifying High School Students Sought for 2018-19 Awards

Students planning to attend Oakland Community College for the 2018-19 academic year are encouraged to apply for the Chancellor’s Scholarship awards. These scholarships help incoming, qualified students get a financial head start on their higher education experience.

The Chancellor’s Scholarships are awarded to one student from each public or private Oakland County high school and one student from each qualified Adult Education/Alternative Education Center each year.

The award is for $3,500 ($1,750 for the fall semester and $1,750 for the winter semester) and covers full tuition and fees for the first academic year following high school, or qualified adult education/alternative education center graduation.

“It is an honor to offer this scholarship to our county residents because it helps to reduce the financial barrier that often limits students from achieving their dream of a college education,” said OCC Chancellor Peter Provenzano. “I received a scholarship toward college and recognize the difference that it made in life.”

The application deadline is April 15. Recipients must attend Oakland Community College at least full-time (12 credit hours minimum) for both fall and winter semesters. If the student does not attend classes, the scholarship is forfeited.

Eligibility Criteria
FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:
• Must be a current Oakland County public or private high school student
• Must have a minimum cumulative (not weighted) GPA of 3.0
• Official transcript must include the fall semester grades
• Must graduate in June prior to college attendance

FOR ADULT EDUCATION/ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION CENTER STUDENTS:
• Must be a current Oakland County Adult Education/Alternative Education Center student
• Must have a minimum cumulative (not weighted) GPA of 2.5
• Official transcript must include the fall semester grades
• Must have completed a minimum of three terms of adult/alternative education
• Must graduate in June prior to college attendance
Applications are available online or contact any of the four offices of Financial Assistance and Scholarships.

For more information on these awards, visit https://www.oaklandcc.edu/finaid/chancellors-scholarships.


About OCC
With five campuses throughout Oakland County, Oakland Community College is committed to providing academic and developmental experiences that allows each student to reach their full potential and enhance the diverse communities they serve. It offers degrees and certificates in approximately 100 career fields and university transfer degrees in business, science and the liberal arts. More than a million students have enrolled in the college since it opened in 1965.

Pitch Club News Release Feb 28, 2018

Pitch Club, for Entrepreneurs and Startups,
Will be Hosted at MSU Innovation Center in East Lansing

Kyyba Innovations, Bodman PLC and TiE Detroit are hosting Pitch Club on Wednesday, February 28th at MSU Innovation Center in East Lansing. Pitch Club is a mentoring and funding program aimed at connecting the various ecosystems and smart zones throughout Michigan. Pitch Club has ongoing monthly events that provide entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from seasoned entrepreneurs and investors. The events are meant to educate, network, inspire and provide valuable experiences for being investable. As part of the events, 3 lucky entrepreneurs will receive the opportunity to practice their pitch and discuss business plan with funding experts, giving them a better understanding the mindset of an investor. Events are hosted monthly on Wednesday evenings in Michigan cities including: Ann Arbor, Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids.

The February 28th event at MSU Innovation Center will include 3 startup presentations, a pool of judges, and a special guest “Founder & CEO” keynote speaker. The application deadline for startups is Sunday February 04 , 2018.

Apply here: http://kyybaxcelerator.com/pitch-club-application.php

Judges
Kris Bergman, Managing Partner, BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting
Michael Terhorst, Vice President, Antares Capital, L.P.
Reuben Levinsohn, Partner, Financial Advisor, Washington Avenue Advisors

Agenda
5:00pm – 5:25pm Registration
5:25pm – 5:30 pm Opening Remarks
5:30pm-6:30pm Company Presentations
6:30pm-6:35pm – Introduction of Keynote
6:35pm-6:55pm –Keynote
6:55pm – 7:10 pm – Q&A with Audience
7:10 pm – 7:30 pm Networking

Thank you to our sponsors
Bondman PLC
TiE Detroit
MSU Innovation Center
Be Investable

Check out the entire calendar and get registerd here: http://kyybaxcelerator.com/calendar-registration.php

The select pool of the companies chosen to pitch at the monthly Pitch Club events will be provided investment opportunities in the form of presenting to the investment team of Kyyba Innovations and TiE Detroit Angels during their quarterly Angels meeting. Investment opportunities will range from $25,000 to $100,000. TiE Detroit Angels funded companies, if qualifications are met, also could have the chance to present to the TiE Global Angel Alliance (TGAA). TGAA is a global platform for funding that exposes startups to a broader investment pool and opportunities to raise additional funds much larger than any single TiE Chapter or local Angel Group. TGAA recently invested $395,000 in Zeto, and $450,000 for Hemex Health from the TiE Global network.

Testimonials

“Pitch Club provides a tremendous opportunity for cross-pollination and increased deal flow across Michigan, something that currently is not at the level it should be. This program will be very valuable for both the startup entrepreneurs and investors and will hopefully create a meaningful dialogue, as well as a technological and economic impact for the entire region,” said Tel Ganesan, Managing Director, Kyyba Innovations. “In order to make this initiative even more successful, I encourage seasoned entrepreneurs in each of these areas to join us by serving as a mentor.”

“From the elevator pitch to the public pitch to the investor pitch, the more successful entrepreneurs are pitching, the more integral this will become to their success. We are pleased to partner with Kyyba Innovations to help entrepreneurs to gain exposure, insights and support that will help them truly move the needle,” said Paul Riser, Director of Technology-Based Entrepreneurship at TechTown Detroit.

“Access to investors and the opportunities to pitch without having to travel are signs of a healthy startup ecosystem,” said Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK. “We are excited to have the Ann Arbor region included in Pitch Club; this new avenue for connecting startups and potential funders is a terrific addition to the existing ways entrepreneurs are able to attract capital as well as the investors already interested in what’s happening here.”


About Kyyba Innovations :
Kyyba Innovations is a global second stage startup accelerator investing in technology and IP related startups in broad based industries. Kyyba Innovations provides a custom acceleration program and scaling services to startups, including Customer Development, Product Development and Investment in exchange for equity. Industries Include: Health, Mobility, IoT, Industrial, Energy, Automotive, BlockChain and Fintech.

About Bodman PLC:
With more than 150 attorneys in offices throughout Michigan, Bodman PLC has delivered extraordinary results to our clients for more than 85 years. Our attorneys provide savvy business counsel to some of the region’s most successful companies and individuals on a broad range of issues, and we provide clients with the personal attention of a small firm with the talent and skill expected of the nation’s leading law firms.

About TiE:
The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), was founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals with roots in the Indus region. There are currently 13,000 members, including over 2,500 charter members in 61 chapters across 18 countries. TiE’s mission is to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, education, incubating, and funding. Dedicated to the virtuous cycle of wealth creation and giving back to the community, TiE’s focus is on generating and nurturing our next generation of entrepreneurs.

Sarah Myrand
Kyyba Innovations
sarahm@kyyba.com
248-254-4043

IoT Tech Connect to Feature IoT Pitch Club Competition

IoT Tech Connect to Feature IoT Pitch Club Competition;
Applications for $50,000 Investment Opportunity Due March 4th

IoT Tech Connect and Kyyba Innovations have partnered to bring the IoT Pitch Competition to IoT Tech Connect, Michigan’s largest conference for IoT (Internet of Things) entrepreneurs. The contest will take place from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, at the Troy Marriott.

Aimed at identifying the six top-level entrepreneurs and startups working on disruptive IoT technologies in broad based industries, the IoT Pitch Competition will center on Autonomous and Connected Vehicles, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Connected Tech, Smart Cities/Smart Homes, Industry IOT and Cyber Security IoT. During the contest, the six finalists will compete before an audience of automotive executives, venture capitalists, angel investors and Silicon Valley technologists. They will have a total of 10 minutes to pitch the judges and answer questions, in addition to two minutes for transition.

The winner, whom will be announced at 6:00 p.m., will be eligible to receive $50,000 in investment and support services from Kyyba Innovations, as well as mentorship from the organization’s extensive network.

“The manufacturing technologies are undergoing an unprecedented transformation with the current trend of “Industry 4.0”, said Tel K. Ganesan, Managing Director, Kyyba Innovations, President, TiE Detroit. “I’m looking forward to seeing what the participants have innovated that will help catalyze the future of Industry 4.0, in addition to other areas of application, highlighted in the IoT Tech Connect conference.”

IoT Tech Connect, “A Survival Guide to the Internet Of Things,” co-produced by MITechNews.Com and CloudTech1.Com, will feature Michigan companies, experts, and products in the rapidly growing IoT segment. Content tracks focus on Autonomous and Connected Vehicles, STEM education, Connected Tech, Smart Cities/Smart Homes, Cybersecurity IoT, Industrial IoT, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and the incubators, accelerators and training available for IoT startups.

“We’re very excited to be working with Kyyba and my old friend Tel Ganesan to offer IoT entrepreneurs the opportunity to win a very large investment that could help propel their companies into commercialization,” said Mike Brennan, Editor & Publisher of MITechNews.Com. “We encourage IoT entrepreneurs statewide to nominate themselves.”

Applications for the IoT Pitch Competition are due no later than Sunday, March, 4th.
For more information or to apply visit http://kyybaxcelerator.com/iot-pitch-competition.php, or contact Jacqueline Perry at 248-254-4087 or jacquelinep@kyyba.com.


About IoT Tech Connect
Iot TechConnect is co-produced by MITechNews.Com, an Ann Arbor media group covering technology and entrepreneurs statewide, and CloudTech1.com, a Rochester Hills managed service provider that offers Satellite always on Internet business connections, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity products – all part of its Virtual IT department for business.

About Kyyba Innovations (KI)
Kyyba Innovations is a global second stage startup accelerator investing in technology and IP related startups in broad based industries. We provide a custom acceleration program and scaling services to startups, including Customer Development, Product Development, and Investment in exchange for equity. Industries Include: Health, Mobility, IoT, Industrial, Energy, Automotive, BlockChain, and Fintech.

About TiE
The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) was founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals with roots in the Indus region. There are currently 13,000 members, including over 2,500 charter members in 61 chapters across 18 countries. TiE’s mission is to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, education, incubating, and funding. Dedicated to the virtuous cycle of wealth creation and giving back to the community, TiE’s focus is on generating and nurturing our next generation of entrepreneurs.

Jacqueline Perry
TiE Detroit
jacquelinep@kyyba.com
248-254-4087

California Gives Green Light To Completely Driverless Car Testing

Feb. 26, 2018

CBS SF Bay Area

By: Kiet Do

LOS ANGELES (KPIX 5/AP) — Driverless cars will be tested on California roads for the first time without a human being behind a steering wheel under new rules for the fast-developing technology.

The regulations approved Monday are a major step toward getting autonomous vehicles onto the streets of California.

Until now, driverless cars could only be tested with human backup drivers who could take over in an emergency.

One of the few places you can see an autonomous car with no human operator inside, is at Waymo’s secret private test track in the Central Valley town of Atwater.

But the California DMV has officially laid out the ground rules for the next phase of autonomous car testing. Manufacturers can apply for permits allowing driverless testing when the regulations go into effect April 2.

The rules approved by California’s Office of Administrative Law also create the framework under which consumers can eventually buy driverless cars.

The state’s Department of Motor Vehicles says it’s a big boost for regulations that have been in the works for years.

Californians could be seeing empty cars driving themselves on public roads in about a month.

Some of the permit criteria are: companies must tell police the time, date, and streets where testing will occur; companies must continuously monitor the vehicle with a two-way communication link.

And if possible, police officers should be able to disengage the autonomous mode.

In the event of a crash, companies must also submit a so-called “law enforcement interaction plan” which is basically, a way to communicate with police, where to find the registration, proof of insurance, and so on.

The cars are not required to have any special markings, so the only way to know for sure if there’s no human there, is to just peek inside and look for an empty seat.

Glenn Stevens with MICHauto, an advocacy group for the auto industry in Michigan, said, he thinks it’s a positive step for the tech industry and the auto industry.

Stevens says California’s regulatory move will encourage other states, and countries, to keep moving forward on autonomous vehicle technology.

 

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