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Chamber Promotes Detroit as Hub for Connected Vehicles in Tokyo, Japan

The Chamber’s Business Attraction program continued its efforts to promote the Detroit region as a global automotive R&D hub last week, as it sent representatives to the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress in Tokyo, Japan. The event brought together more than 10,000 of the world’s leading transportation policymakers, researchers, high-tech innovators and business professionals.

The Business Attraction team – in conjunction with delegates from Macomb County, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau – met with auto, transport, infotainment, data and manufacturing companies with little or no presence in Michigan or the Detroit region to educate them on expansion opportunities. Michigan is well positioned for ITS as it hosts the most connected vehicle projects than any other U.S. state.

Next year’s ITS World Congress will convene in Detroit and is planned to break the mold. Detroit is planned to stage more technical showcases than any other ITS World Congress to date, providing more than 30 separate applications for staged demonstrations. Past ITS World Congress events focused on industry specialists and researchers; however, the 2014 Detroit ITS World Congress will incorporate the public within special emphasis on youth, to educate the public on the importance of ITS applications in everyday life. ITS World Congress Detroit events will occur at Cobo Hall, Belle Isle and other locations yet to be announced.

To read more about events that occurred during ITS World Congress Tokyo please click here.