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Michigan Mobility Initiative: Mobility Initiative to Expand State’s Global Leadership in Connected Vehicle Technology

Protecting and expanding Michigan’s global leadership in next-generation automotive mobility requires collaboration and cultivating talent to harness innovation, which is exactly what the new Michigan Mobility Initiative will do. Leading industry experts repeatedly underscored that message at the MICHauto automotive industry leadership roundtable, held Wednesday.

“Innovation is a critical bet for the future of the automotive industry,” said Gary Silberg, national sector lead partner for automotive industry at KPMG.

“Michigan has incredible assets to lead the way. Companies willing to take risks will be in the winning group. Those in denial will see change blow by them. The question is, ‘how do we ensure that we capitalize on the opportunity and technology breakthroughs taking place?’” Silberg added.

To address that question and others, MICHauto, an economic development initiative of the Detroit Regional Chamber, announced a new Michigan Mobility Initiative to strengthen and promote the state’s leadership in self-driving cars, connected vehicles, new fuel technologies and other important innovations.

In leading the mobility initiative, MICHauto announced the formation of a new coalition of essential statewide business, automotive and university groups to focus on this priority. The participating organizations include: Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and University Research Corridor (URC). The group recently released a map featuring 28 existing facilities that play a role in developing, designing, testing and manufacturing smart mobility technology in the state. Click here to view the map.