Tag Archives: Michigan

Serial Market Disruption: Ford Looks to Detroit’s Railroad Past to Lead the Way in Transportation Innovation

Michigan Central Station
After weeks of speculation and rumors, the Ford Motor Company announced its purchase and plan to invest over $1 billion into the Michigan Central rail depot in Detroit’s historic Corktown neighborhood.  Made public 115 years to the day after Henry Ford signed the company’s articles of association, Ford plans the investment to mark a new … Continue reading this entry

Michigan Doubles Down on Mobility and Announces a new Eight Million Dollar Grant Program

infrastructure
Michigan, the cradle of the American automotive industry, has made no secret of its desire to remain an industry leader in mobility as the industry continues to evolve.  On May 30, 2018, Michigan announced a new $8 Million Michigan Mobility Challenge grant that would be available to fund new mobility projects across the state.  The … Continue reading this entry

Gauging Reactions: MCity Shuttle Launch Kicks-Off Autonomous Vehicle Behavioral Study 

autonomous shuttle
On Monday, June 4, two fully automated shuttles began regular shuttle service on streets surrounding the University of Michigan North Campus Research Complex in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The 11-passenger, all-electric Autonom shuttles are produced by French firm Navya and have previously been rolled out in limited last-mile applications around the globe. However, Monday’s launch marks … Continue reading this entry

Connected and Autonomous Vehicles – Full Speed Ahead or Tapping the Brakes?

The Center for Automotive Research (CAR)’s annual Management Briefing Seminars opened yesterday in Traverse City, Michigan. The afternoon sessions included a robust discussion of “Connected and Automated Vehicles – The Future is Now (Almost).” This title reflected the ambivalence and widely varying viewpoints of how close fully autonomous vehicles are to becoming a reality, with predictions ranging … Continue reading this entry

NHTSA Will Give States Autonomy on Self-Driving Rules

In a blog post last month, we covered the announcement of the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, a lobbyist group with the aim of removing any legal or regulatory hurdles that might slow the development or deployment of self-driving, fully autonomous vehicles. The members of the coalition include some of the biggest players in the … Continue reading this entry

Industry Trends for 2016 and Beyond: A Recap of the Women in Automotive Conference

Women in Manufacturing (WiM) hosted its fifth annual Women in Automotive Conference on April 26-27, 2016. The Conference was co-supported by the Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation (AWAF) and Inforum AutomotiveNEXT. It was held in Michigan at the Detroit Marriott Troy and was another fantastic event attended by both women and men across the automotive industry. … Continue reading this entry

Michigan Law’s Autonomous Vehicles Conference: Legal and Regulatory Hurdles to Deployment

Earlier this month, I attended a conference at the University of Michigan Law School: Autonomous Vehicles: Legal and Regulatory Hurdles to Deployment. It was a good excuse to go embrace all of the nostalgia that comes from visiting your alma mater.  More important, the conference provided an interesting, informative, and exceedingly cordial discussion of the legal and … Continue reading this entry

Role of Talent in Site Selection for Automotive Manufacturers

One of the leading challenges facing many manufacturers in the U.S. automotive industry is the attraction and retention of talent. At the same time, many U.S. states (particularly in the South and Southeast) are throwing attractive incentive packages at manufacturers to lure them to move to their states. At the recently concluded 2015 National Directors … Continue reading this entry

The Connected Culture

The 2015 MICHauto Summit will be held this Wednesday, September 30th, from 7:30 am to 5 pm at Cobo Center in Detroit. MICHauto is an effort spearheaded by the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with industry and other state and local partners in Michigan, to grow and retain the automotive industry in Michigan. MICHauto’s … Continue reading this entry

Michigan Storm Water Update – July 2015

The following post is provided by our guest author, Karen Lutz from TRC. Karen can be reached at klutz@trcsolutions.com.  What? – If you have an industrial/manufacturing facility in Michigan, and storm water runoff is exposed to industrial materials and/or industrial activities which discharge to waters of the state, you are likely subject to storm water … Continue reading this entry

Discharge for Medical Pot Use Does Not Prevent Receipt of Unemployment Benefits

The prevalence of medical marijuana cards in the worker population in the auto industry has increased significantly since Michigan first passed the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) in 2008. While a medical marijuana card is not a “get-out-of-jail-free-card” when it comes to keeping your job with a private employer in Michigan after a positive drug … Continue reading this entry

China's Auto Industry Invests in Michigan

With more than $1 billion invested in Michigan each year, Michigan is a top destination for Chinese investors. According to Jerry Xu, the President of the Detroit Chinese Business Association, Chinese investors are coming to Detroit and Southeastern Michigan to partner with American companies and manufacture auto parts that will be supplied to Detroit’s auto … Continue reading this entry