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Survey: Consumers Expect To Ditch Gasoline Cars For EVs Within 10 Years

LIVONIA—A study show consumers in Europe and the United States expect Battery Electric Vehicles to become viable alternative to internal combustion engines over the coming decade. Though 70 percent of Americans plan to buy a gasoline-powered car within the next year, just 37 percent expect to make that same purchase in five to 10 years.

By |2020-02-20T19:52:30-05:00February 20th, 2020|Auto Tech|

PlanetM To Assist Four Michigan Mobility Startups

LANSING—PlanetM, the mobility initiative of the Michigan Economic Development Corp., announced a fourth round of PlanetM Mobility Grants to four mobility and technology companies. PlanetM Mobility Grants are designed to help mobility companies with the resources needed to deploy their solutions in Michigan, ultimately optimizing the movement of people, goods and data. More than $300,000

By |2020-02-20T19:40:32-05:00February 20th, 2020|Auto Tech|

GM’s Director Of Battery Cell Engineering: We’re Nowhere Near The Bottom Of The Price Curves

On a recent trip to Detroit, we spent a few minutes with Tim Grewe, GM’s director of battery cell engineering and electrification strategy. The company has a robust and expanding battery-cell R&D program and testing facility. At the same time, GM announced a new joint venture with LG Chem to build an Ohio-based battery gigafactory with

By |2020-02-12T13:55:50-05:00February 12th, 2020|Auto Tech|

Auto Supplier Gets State Aid For Expansion For Electric Vehicles

LANSING—Warren-based Paslin Co. has received a $1 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant to support a $45 million expansion of its Warren manufacturing plant that is expected to create 200 jobs over three years. Paslin started as a small stamping plant in 1937. Today the company designs and builds customized integrated robotic assembly lines to

By |2020-02-09T15:01:42-05:00February 9th, 2020|Auto Tech, Uncategorized|

Technology Roadmap: Intelligent Mobility Technologies

ANN ARBOR - The automotive and transportation industries are undergoing extraordinary changes in direct response to recent advancements in automation technologies, data analysis, and wireless communication.  A major trend in the past ten years has been an emphasis on improving driver safety and efficiency. These new trends and advancements have motivated automakers and their tier

By |2020-02-05T11:00:49-05:00February 5th, 2020|Auto Tech, Guest Columns|

Report Highlights Disparity In Michigan’s Electric Vehicle Fees

LANSING – Owners of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and all-electric vehicles in Michigan are paying a disproportionate amount of fees under 2015 laws that sought to increase the amount of money dedicated to the state’s transportation system, according to a new report released today. This week the Ecology Center released “Paying their Fair Share: The

By |2020-02-02T18:25:42-05:00February 2nd, 2020|Auto Tech|

Fiat Chrysler Debuts Version 5 Of Uconnect Infotainment System

AUBURN HILLS—Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US on Monday announced the introduction of the latest version of its in-vehicle information and entertainment system, Uconnect 5. Company officials said the new service offers an unprecedented level of personalization, with several fully customizable interfaces storing up to five different user profiles. Each user can build their own profile, featuring

By |2020-01-30T18:04:16-05:00January 30th, 2020|Auto Tech, Featured|

Waymo Begins Autonomous Mapping Runs In New Mexico And Texas

SAN FRANCISCO - Waymo, the autonomous car and truck technology division of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has begun mapping interstate highways in New Mexico and Texas. The move is seen by many tech observers as a prelude to long-haul evaluation runs of tractor-trailers under autonomous control systems. According to reports in various news outlets, including USA

By |2020-01-25T08:02:17-05:00January 25th, 2020|Auto Tech|

American Center For Mobility Kicks Off Tech Park Sales Efforts

YPSILANTI - The American Center for Mobility on Tuesday hosted a press conference and luncheon to officially kick off sales for its Technology Park - what the non-profit organization hopes will become a campus for auto and tech companies from around the world developing autonomous vehicles. The new smart campus is still very much a

By |2020-01-22T20:31:26-05:00January 22nd, 2020|Auto Tech, Featured|

WWJ Panel At LTU: A Long Road Ahead To Self-Driving Cars

SOUTHFIELD–American automakers are wrestling with issues of safety systems and distracted driving, while American drivers are in love with their phones and still skeptical about self-driving cars. That was the word Thursday from a panel of experts on automotive safety, at a WWJ Newsradio 950 “Leaders and Innovators” business breakfast held in partnership with Lawrence

By |2020-01-16T11:54:06-05:00January 16th, 2020|Auto Tech, ESD|