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|

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|

Mobility Startups Get State Funding

LANSING—Officials with PlanetM, the state of Michigan’s mobility industry accelerator, announced its next fround of testing grants, totaling $200,000, for drone and connected vehicle technology programs. Testing of the technologies will take place at Michigan testing centers, including Mcity at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and the Michigan Unmanned Aerial Systems Consortium (MUASC) in Alpena. “Our testing

By |2020-12-11T19:16:35-05:00December 11th, 2020|Featured, Mobile MI, Mobility|

Mobility Innovation In The Great Lakes – Alive and Well

DETROIT - Canada-United States Business Association is hosting a Great Lakes Automotive Outlook event Dec. 14 to focus on several key mobility topics, including new investment around the Great Lakes resulting from the Unifor contracts, a description of Canada’s EV initiative known as Project Arrow, an update on Michigan’s I-94 AV corridor, and a far-ranging interview

By |2020-11-28T12:55:02-05:00November 28th, 2020|Mobile MI, Mobility|

Older Android Phones Won’t Support Many Secure Websites By September 2021

SAN FRANCISCO - You might have to upgrade your Android phone before long if you want to visit large portions of the secure web. According to Android Police, Certificate Authority Let’s Encrypt is warning that phones running Android versions before 7.1.1 Nougat won’t trust its root certificate starting in 2021, locking them out of many secure websites. The organization will stop

By |2020-11-13T18:00:44-05:00November 13th, 2020|Mobility|

PlanetM Gets New Mobility Testing Partner In Upper Peninsula

LANSING—PlanetM, the state of Michigan’s future mobility and electrification clearinghouse, is adding the Great Lakes Research Center at Michigan Technological University as its newest PlanetM testing facility. The GLRC, on the banks of the Portage Waterway in Houghton, has been testing and deploying connected and autonomous marine vehicles for more than a decade. It is

By |2020-10-09T10:39:45-04:00October 9th, 2020|Featured, Mobile MI, Mobility|

Detroit Aerotropolis Seeks To Expand Development Around Metro, Willow Run Airports

DETROIT - The Detroit Region Aerotropolis is a four-community, two-county, public-private economic development partnership driving corporate expansion and new investment around Detroit Metro and Willow Run Airports. The Aerotropolis is the premiere location for greenfield expansion in Southeast Michigan, offering 6,000 acres of development-ready land centered in a world-class network of transportation infrastructure. With two

By |2020-09-26T16:32:33-04:00September 26th, 2020|Drones, Mobile MI, Mobility, Politics, Politics/Government|