Smart City Solutions: Michigan’s Industries Embrace Digital World

It is impossible not to marvel at the tools that technology has put into the hands of consumers in the 21st century. Smartphone apps locate the nearest pizza joint, map the journey to its door, and measure the number of calories burned to get there. Automotive technology removes human error from parallel parking and lane changes. Cloud-connected devices remotely control home appliances and security cameras and send alerts to watches and phones.

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From Motor City to Mobility City

As cities across the country increasingly focus on efficient ways to improve operations via technology, Detroit’s leaders are taking steps to stay ahead of the mark. The epicenter of the global automotive industry, Detroit is positioning itself to serve as a national model for mobility.

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In Search of Michigan’s Smart Cities

Smart cities are all the rage these days, the hot topic of conferences around the globe. High-profile competitions pit cities and regions against each other for bragging rights, government research dollars – and in the case of Amazon’s much-ballyhooed HQ2 project, a $5-billion investment and 50,000 jobs.

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Michigan on Top in Mobility Race

Ann Arbor commuters had good reason to celebrate last Thanksgiving as the orange barrels vanished along a lengthy stretch of US-23 that had been snarled for months by construction. What few drivers likely realize is that the massive project is part of a federally funded pilot program meant to create the highway of the future.

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Innovating Today with Eyes on Tomorrow

As innovators go, no company is more in tune with staying in front of the curve than the one that put the world on wheels more than 100 years ago. When Ford Motor Company CEO Jim Hackett, a visionary in his own right, took over the reins of the automaker in May 2017, he knew that to remain relevant in today’s changing industry replete with modern technology, the company needed a forward-thinking strategy — one that embraces the electrified, automated, shared and connected car of the future.

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Autonomous Pipe Dream, or Autonomous Dead End?

The self-driving car. It’s the hot topic across the globe in the automotive and technology industries – as well as cocktail parties. The number of opinions (and events) on the issue of autonomous vehicles are as long and varied as the Porsche options list. One can understand why. We’ve been promised the selfdriving car since the dawn of the jet age. (We are also promised the flying car, but that’s another story.) Today, that dream of being able to take a nap, check email (legally) or watch a movie on the way to work is apparently on the immediate horizon. Or is it?

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