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Michigan To Champion Mobility Technology

A metamorphosis is taking place in the automotive capital of the world as mobility technology is now positioned to lead the industry into the future. In the early 1900s when Michigan was a hub for automotive innovation, a collective sense of enthusiasm brought people together, working to build the strength of both the industry and Detroit. Today, the mobility revolution is attracting people from all over the world to Michigan to reimagine the way we get around.

Mobility today is commonly defined by four areas – connected, autonomous, shared use, and electric – each with hyped capabilities. Connected vehicles can communicate through the internet with outside systems to assist drivers. Autonomous vehicles are cars that drive with minimal human interaction, and shared use is the shift away from personal modes of transit. And electric vehicles produce zero emissions.

How Does The Buzz Around Mobility Innovations Compare To The Reality?

With the hype surrounding these breakthrough technologies comes skeptics who propagate myths: Autonomous vehicles are dangerous. Americans won’t trade in their gas-powered cars for electric. Connected vehicles will be hacked into. Michiganders will always prefer their cars to shared mobility options.

But the incessant circulation of myths proves a point. The mobility revolution cannot prevail without proving itself to its consumer base.

This issue of the Detroiter will fact-check mobility myths and uncover how Michigan’s assets position the state as a global leader. As home to 96 of the top 100 automotive suppliers to North America, Michigan has the advantage – and the rest of the world knows it.