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Gilbert-Backed Vroom eCommerce Used Vehicle Platform Gets Funding, Expanding Detroit Hub

NEW YORK – An eCommerce platform partially funded by Detroit billionaire Dan Gilbert announced Friday that it has closed a $254 million Series H funding round that will be used in part to expand and staff up its Detroit engineering hub. “Detroit is ground zero for all things automotive,” said Vroom CEO Paul Hennessy in

By |2019-12-07T14:22:15-05:00December 7th, 2019|Auto Tech, Featured|

Tesla CEO Elon Musk: Cybertruck Drag Coefficient As Low As 0.3

Last week we covered how the Tesla Cybertruck’s aerodynamics might be better than its boxy shape suggests, and today Tesla CEO Elon Musk responded to the numbers and suggested that the Cybertruck could get a Cd (drag coefficient) as low as .3 – quite impressive for a pickup truck. In the last post, we went over some

By |2019-12-01T16:20:54-05:00December 1st, 2019|Auto Tech|

GAMIC Regional Quarterfinals

12th Annual GAMIC Regional Quarterfinals in Ann Arbor Event to be held at the following time, date, and location: Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST) Ann Arbor Spark Central 330 East Liberty Street, Lower Level Ann Arbor, MI 48104 View Map Attend Event Share this event: MI Innovation Alliance and

By |2019-11-29T19:19:23-05:00November 29th, 2019|Auto Tech|

American Center for Mobility’s CEO has departed

DETROIT — Nine months after he was brought aboard to steer the American Center for Mobility into its next chapter, Michael Noblett is no longer the organization's CEO. Without saying whether Noblett was fired or he resigned, officials at the autonomous-vehicle proving ground said Monday that COO Mark Chaput is now interim CEO as a "national search

By |2019-11-29T18:17:37-05:00November 29th, 2019|Auto Tech|

DTE Energy’s “Charging Forward” EV Program Quickly Accelerates

DETROIT -- DTE Energy said its electric vehicle charging station program, Charging Forward, has approved 150 charger port rebates since the program launched earlier this summer. DTE launched the Charging Forward program to increase EV awareness while offering residential Level 2 charger rebates, and public Level 2 and DC Fast Charging (DCFC) infrastructure enablement incentives to

By |2019-11-22T14:08:05-05:00November 22nd, 2019|Auto Tech|

LTU Students, Professor In Autonomous Vehicle Project At 2020 Detroit Auto Show

SOUTHFIELD – Five Lawrence Technological University students and LTU computer science professor CJ Chung will work with a Korean auto parts company and a Russian tech giant to create a taxi service from Detroit’s TCF Center to downtown Detroit hotels for the 2020 North American International Auto Show in June. LTU will assist Hyundai MOBIS,

By |2019-11-10T14:59:11-05:00November 10th, 2019|Auto Tech, ESD|

UM Study Finds What People Want In An Autonomous Car

ANN ARBOR—Agreeable, conscientious and stable. These are three human personality traits that, it turns out, we want to see in our driverless cars regardless of whether we possess them ourselves, according to a new study from the University of Michigan. UM researchers set out to examine how a person’s perception of safety in an autonomous

By |2019-11-14T11:09:24-05:00November 10th, 2019|Auto Tech, Featured|

House Energy Panel Debates Licensing Structure For EV Charging Stations

LANSING - Retailers could make a profit through charging stations for electric vehicles with a licensing structure under a bill discussed in the House Energy Committee on Wednesday. HB 4806, which is opposed by most of the stakeholders as bill sponsor Rep. Andrea Schroeder continues to work the issue, would require the Michigan Public Service Commission to

By |2019-10-27T17:12:57-04:00October 23rd, 2019|Auto Tech, Featured|

Tech That Could End Drunk Driving – US May Mandate

WASHINGTON DC - It's an unfortunate reality that plenty of people still operate vehicles while intoxicated, which can lead to disastrous results for the driver and innocent motorists and pedestrians. "Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes," says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Despite massive public information campaigns

By |2019-10-17T11:17:53-04:00October 17th, 2019|Auto Tech|

Zoom Ride-Sharing Service To Launch In Metro Detroit In January

DEARBORN - Developers of a new ride-share service announced the launch of its first national test in the metropolitan Detroit market.  Zoom Ride is expected to begin providing services in early January 2020.  Detroit will be the first market to test the new ride-share service that will be launched in five U.S. cities in the first

By |2019-10-14T09:08:26-04:00October 13th, 2019|Auto Tech|