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Mobility Industry Leaders: Let’s Put Pedal to the Metal to Solve Global Issues

The convergence of automotive and technology, hyper urbanization, and shifting consumer preference for eco-friendly, on-demand transportation options is rapidly changing the way the world moves. In the next decade, how will mobility innovation be leveraged to solve some of the most pressing societal challenges? That was the question to kick off the World Mobility Leadership Forum held Sept. 28-29 at The Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport hotel.

The Forum, hosted by Business Leaders for Michigan, MICHauto and the Michigan Economic Development Corp., brought over 300 leaders from across the global automotive, mobility and tech industries – as well as government officials – together to discuss ways the public and private sectors can proactively work together.

“Now is the time for our industries, infrastructure partners, nonprofits and government agencies to accelerate the development of the necessary transportation solutions that will improve people’s lives,” said Ford Motor Co. executive chairman Bill Ford.

In addition to Ford, the Forum’s panelists and keynote speakers included General Motors’ Mary Barra, Lyft’s Emily Castor, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, SAS CEO Jim Goodnight, Tesla’s Diarmuid O’Connell and Gov. Rick Snyder, among others.

Summit attendees also had the opportunity to experience mobility innovation in a dynamic hands-on Immersion Experience featuring 20 companies displaying cutting-edge technology. Highlights included live demonstrations of in-car sensor technology, cockpit electronics, autonomous vehicles, mobile connectivity apps, and electrification innovation. In addition, Planet M showcased the partnerships, research, and resources in Michigan that are driving the future of transportation mobility.

“Mobility starts in Michigan. As the automotive and technology industries converge, Michigan is well-positioned to lead the next transportation revolution. Promoting, retaining and growing our world-class assets through the Michigan Mobility Initiative is key as we leverage our talent and innovation to develop new mobility solutions and ultimately make the world a better place,” said Glenn Stevens, executive director of MICHauto.

Read session highlights from the Forum below:


Shared Mobility Platforms Key to Reducing Urban Congestion