ITC To Conduct Aerial Patrols Of Transmission Lines in Michigan

NOVI – If you see helicopters flying low of high-voltage transmission towers and lines over the next month, don’t worry. It’s ITC Michigan conducting aerial patrols to make sure the electric grid isn’t damaged. The flights will take place from May 17 to June 17, weather permitting. The helicopter patrols are conducted to provide an

By |2021-05-03T19:39:17-04:00May 3rd, 2021|Mobile MI|

Toyota’s Acquisition Of Lyft’s Self-Driving Unit Bolsters Automation Ambitions

DETROIT - Toyota Motor Corp will acquire Lyft Inc's self-driving technology unit for $550 million, the companies said Tuesday, as the Japanese auto company steps up its automation ambitions with the newly created Woven Planet division. The acquisition of Level 5 automation will also provide Toyota access to the U.S. ride-hailing firm's more than 300

By |2021-05-03T19:47:36-04:00April 27th, 2021|Auto Tech, Featured, Mobile MI|

May Mobility Grand Rapids Autonomous Vehicle Pilot Could Be Extended

GRAND RAPIDS — The autonomous shuttle that runs through downtown could transition to an on-demand format with new vehicles under a proposal before city officials to renew the pilot program that’s set to expire on April 30. The Autonomous Vehicle Initiative led by Mobile GR, Ann Arbor-based May Mobility Inc. and various private sponsors started in July 2019.

By |2021-04-26T09:41:55-04:00April 26th, 2021|Auto Tech, Mobile MI|

University Of Michigan’s New Ford Motor Co. Robotics Complex

ANN ARBOR – University of Michigan and Ford Motor Co. are opening a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to developing robots and roboticists. The facility aims to improve people’s lives and keep them safe with its research and to promote a more equitable society. The Ford Motor Company Robotics Building is on U-M’s North Campus. The $75 million

By |2021-03-18T19:35:46-04:00March 18th, 2021|Auto Tech, Mobile MI, Mobility|

Ann Arbor Video Interest Group Presents Michigan Film & Digital Media Office

ANN ARBOR - This month, we welcome Selam Ghirmai and Tony Garcia from the Michigan Film and Digital Media Office. Ghirmai serves as the Director of the Michigan Film & Digital Media Office, with 10 years of experience working to provide a positive creative and business experience for local, out-of-state, independent, and studio productions in

By |2021-03-06T14:58:30-05:00March 6th, 2021|Mobile MI|

Michigan Work Went Remote. Businesses Now Weigh Whether They Need Offices

ANN ARBOR - After a year of employees working from home, what the office market will look like longer-term — if remote working becomes permanent — is still taking shape. So far, office lease rates are not falling and vacancies are not rising as quickly as feared, while employers weigh the value of spending time

By |2021-03-05T10:27:22-05:00March 5th, 2021|Internet, IoT, Mobile MI, Mobility|

Tech Industry Looking To Replace Smartphone — Waiting To See What Apple Develops

CUPERTINO, Ca. - Apple didn’t invent the smartphone — companies like Palm and Blackberry had been selling them for years. But the iPhone introduced a totally new way to interact with computers. The always-on internet connectivity, finger-friendly touch screen, and interface based around clickable app icons all seem commonplace now. But at the time, the

By |2021-02-26T19:26:39-05:00February 26th, 2021|Mobile MI, Mobility|

Ann Arbor Becomes Living Lab For Developing City Mobility

DEARBORN - A bustling city’s transportation system can often seem chaotic, especially with more than half of the world’s population moving to urban areas and new mobility services jockeying for space. But as Ford CEO Jim Hackett outlined at last year’s Consumer Electronics Show, Ford vehicles and other forms of mobility don’t exist independently of

By |2021-02-19T16:42:11-05:00February 19th, 2021|Auto Tech, Featured, Mobile MI, Mobility|

Ford, Google Announce Partnership For In-Vehicle App Services

DEARBORN—Ford Motor Co. and Google have announced a partnership to create new services for connected vehicles. Ford also named Google Cloud its preferred cloud provider, and said that beginning in 2023, future Ford and Lincoln vehicles at all price points will be powered by Android, with Google apps and services built-in. The partnership includes a

By |2021-02-05T16:19:13-05:00February 5th, 2021|Featured, Mobile MI, Mobility|