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Dutch Mobility, Innovation and Technology on Full Display at Tech Showcase

This month, the Detroit Regional Chamber collaborated with the Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Chicago to host a Dutch Mobility Delegation in Detroit. The group consisted of 25 representatives from leading Dutch companies, government agencies and knowledge institutions.

The Chamber helped connect the delegation with regional community and university leaders, as well as global automakers and suppliers, including Ford Motor Co., Magna International and Maven. As part of the visit, the Chamber also launched a new, quarterly event series called “Mobility Technology Showcase,” in which representatives from the world’s most advanced mobility countries and regions will come to Detroit to share their expertise, exchange ideas and build partnerships aimed at driving forward next-generation mobility.

“The Tech Showcase in Detroit was a warm welcome for the Dutch delegation. The audience appreciated the close coordination on smart mobility between companies, researchers and government representatives in Team Holland,” said General Consul of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Louis Piët.

Led by Destination Detroit, the Chamber’s business attraction initiative, the Showcase aims to strengthens the region’s status as a mobility and technology hub for companies looking to do business in the U.S. market. Destination Detroit’s work to increase foreign direct investment in the region is a key focus of the Forward Detroit economic strategy.

During the Showcase, the Detroit ecosystem heard from Dutch delegation leader Daan de Cloe, director of TNO Mobility & Logistics, who shared how the Netherlands is leading in connected and autonomous technology. The Showcase also featured five Dutch companies that provided insights into their technology and capabilities.

All five presentations featured cutting-edge global technology such as cooperative driving projects, smart mobility initiatives and telemetric innovations. Following the presentations, MICHauto Executive Director Glenn Stevens moderated a panel discussion with the five Dutch delegates to dig deeper into the companies’ mobility environment and advantages, as well as the challenges Dutch companies face.