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The Station: The biggest SPAC ever and reading the micromobility permit tea leaves

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every weekend in your inbox. Hi there, new and returning readers. This is The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to all the ways people and packages move (today and in the future) from Point A to Point B. Before jump into micromobbin’ and the rest, I wanted to point you to another Extra Crunch piece, this time a deep dive into second-life batteries. As Aria Alamalh...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, TC, Transportation, Verizon, London, Washington, Mexico, China, Germany, Berlin, India, New York City, Tech, Bloomberg, Vienna


Verizon and Honda want to use 5G and edge computing to make driving safer

Honda and Verizon are researching how 5G and mobile edge computing might improve safety for today’s connected vehicles and the future’s autonomous ones.  The two companies, which announced the partnership Thursday, are piloting different safety scenarios at the University of Michigan’s Mcity , a test bed for connected and autonomous vehicles. The aim of the venture is to study how 5G connectivity coupled with edge computing could allow for faster communication between cars, pedestrians an...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Verizon, Fcc, China, Tech, Automotive, United States, Self-driving Cars, Honda, 5g, University Of Michigan, Mcity, Autonomous Driving, Mec, Peebles


Ford expands robotics research into $75 million University of Michigan facility

Ford Motor Company will be embedding 100 of its researchers and engineers in a new $75 million robotics and mobility facility on the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus. This is not the first collaboration between the automaker and the university. Ford is UM’s single largest corporate donor and the two entities have previously teamed up to open the UM Ford Center for Autonomous Vehicles. But this is the first time Ford is co-locating part of its team on a university campus. Ford clarified ...
Tags: Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Michigan, Robotics, Boston Dynamics, University Of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mcity, Ford Motor Company, Atlanta Georgia, Ford CTO, Robotics Institute, Alec Gallimore, Ken Washington


Ford expands robotics research into $75 million U-M facility

Ford Motor Company will be embedding 100 of its researchers and engineers in a new $75 million robotics and mobility facility on the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus. This is not the first collaboration between the automaker and the university. Ford is UM’s single largest corporate donor and the two entities have previously teamed up to open the UM Ford Center for Autonomous Vehicles. But this is the first time Ford is co-locating part of its team on a university campus. Ford clarified ...
Tags: Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Robotics, Boston Dynamics, University Of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mcity, Ford Motor Company, Atlanta Georgia, Ford CTO, Robotics Institute, Alec Gallimore, Ken Washington, Ford Center for Autonomous Vehicles


Ford expands robotics research with $75 million U-M facility

Ford Motor Company will be embedding 100 of its researchers and engineers in a new $75 million robotics and mobility facility on the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus. This is not the first collaboration between the automaker and the university. Ford is UM’s single largest corporate donor and the two entities have previously teamed up to open the UM Ford Center for Autonomous Vehicles. But this is the first time Ford is co-locating part of its team on a university campus. Ford clarified ...
Tags: Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Robotics, Boston Dynamics, University Of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mcity, Ford Motor Company, Atlanta Georgia, Ford CTO, Robotics Institute, Alec Gallimore, Ken Washington, Ford Center for Autonomous Vehicles


Roundup: Riser Leaving TechTown, STEM Summit, U-M AV News, and More

Let’s catch up on Michigan’s latest innovation news:—Earlier this month, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI 12) announced that the University of Michigan will receive a $2.5 million grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s University Transportation Centers program to continue funding for the . The center is a regional consortium that also includes Washtenaw Community College, Purdue University, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Akron, and Central State University....
Tags: Startups, Roundup, Entrepreneurship, Trends, Innovation, Michigan, Mobility, Detroit, Coursera, University Of Michigan, Mcity, Debbie Dingell, Wayne State University, Central State University, John Dingell, National blog main


Roundup: Riser’s New Role, STEM Summit, U-M AV News, and More

Let’s catch up on Michigan’s latest innovation news:—[Clarification, 2/11/19, 9:31 p.m.; see below.] Earlier this month, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI 12) announced that the University of Michigan will receive a $2.5 million grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s University Transportation Centers program to continue funding for the . The center is a regional consortium that also includes Washtenaw Community College, Purdue University, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Un...
Tags: Startups, Roundup, Entrepreneurship, Trends, Innovation, Michigan, Mobility, Detroit, Coursera, University Of Michigan, Mcity, Debbie Dingell, Wayne State University, Central State University, John Dingell, National blog main


Roundup: Erie Hack, MedHealth Summit, PlanetM, DTX Detroit, WMU

Now that the holidays are over—heck, January is almost over—Michigan’s innovation hubs are hard at work. Here is a selection of recent tech news from around the state:—Do you wonder what the deal is with driverless cars? Do you have questions as a consumer about safety, technology, or cost? The University of Michigan will host an online “teach out” about these topics, and more, pertaining to autonomous vehicles. Enrollment opens on Feb. 4, and the class will be offered on Coursera between Feb. ...
Tags: Startups, Roundup, Entrepreneurship, Trends, It, Software, Innovation, Michigan, Mobility, Detroit, Coursera, University Of Michigan, Mcity, International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium, Western Michigan University, National blog main


Highway Driving Possible at New Autonomous Car Test Facility in Michigan

In the midst of heightened debate over the safety of autonomous vehicles on public roads, the largest real-world closed test facility in the U.S. for self-driving cars celebrated its opening in Michigan. The American Center for Mobility (ACM) has been transforming a 500-acre former bomber plant site to a testing facility for the use of the auto industry as it continues to develop technology to replace a human at the wheel. The development of the site comes as the industry grapples with safety ...
Tags: News, Microsoft, Tesla, Korea, Michigan, Henry Ford, University Of Michigan, Mcity, Rick Snyder, Center, Rosie, Maddox, Sweden Germany, Visteon, Tempe Arizona, Lincoln MKZ


Playboy Article: Detroit is “Silicon Valley of Smart Mobility Tech”

We’ve all heard the cliche about reading Playboy only for its articles, but it turns out that the magazine really does have some stellar reporting. On Monday, Playboy posted an article that brings some validation to southeast Michigan’s role in the development of autonomous vehicles. Titled “Detroit is Becoming the Silicon Valley of Smart Mobility Tech,” the article details Detroit’s efforts to pivot from brawn to brains. Earlier in the decade, many people in the tech world assumed Detroi...
Tags: Startups, Hardware, Entrepreneurship, Trends, Software, Automotive, Innovation, Playboy, Silicon Valley, Michigan, Mobility, Detroit, University Of Michigan, Mcity, Toyota Research Institute, National blog main


What Are the Nation’s Top Cities and Regions for Driverless Tech?

View the Slideshow Whether you think self-driving cars are the stuff of science fiction or a potentially paradigm-shifting new form of transportation, autonomous vehicles are coming—and the companies developing them are spending big money to make it happen. A few years ago, industry analysts seemed to think Silicon Valley would win the race to get self-driving cars on the road—and plenty of tech giants are involved in their development, including Apple, Google, Uber, Tesla, and Intel. Bu...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Lyft, Uber, Elon Musk, Trends, Tesla, Intel, Mit, Vc, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Harvard, Ford, Innovation, Gm


Case’s Advice to Entrepreneurs? Persevere, Support Local Networks

Michigan’s tech startup ecosystem has come a very long way in the past decade—a recent report in Engadget took a fair, comprehensive look—but still lacks a few key ingredients, like a culture that embraces failure and entrepreneurial leaders who aggressively work to create a welcoming, collaborative community. Those were some of the takeaways from yesterday’s Rise of the Rest event in Ann Arbor, MI. Steve Case, author, investor, and AOL co-founder, created the Rise of the Rest bus tour to...
Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Trends, Vc, Aol, Innovation, Venture Capital, Michigan, Detroit, Farmlogs, Steve Case, Duo Security, Dan Gilbert, University Of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mcity


As Self-Driving Car Partnerships Multiply, Ford and Lyft Join Forces

For most of its existence, the automotive industry has been secretive, siloed, and steeped in cut-throat competition. However, as autonomous vehicle collaborations proliferate, the old-school approach is quickly falling by the wayside. That was evident in a pair of blog posts published late Tuesday that spelled out a new partnership between Ford and San Francisco-based ridesharing company Lyft. What makes this announcement even more interesting is the fact that GM—another Lyft partner as ...
Tags: Startups, Lyft, Entrepreneurship, Big Data, San Francisco, Trends, Ford, Innovation, Gm, Automotive Industry, Mobility, Autonomous Vehicles, Manufacturing, Fleet Management, Detroit, Ridesharing


U.S. Expected To Update Self-Driving Car Guidelines

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is expected to announce updated safety guidelines for self-driving vehicles Tuesday during a visit to a Michigan vehicle testing facility. Chao said months ago that she was reviewing guidelines issued last fall by the Obama administration. Under those largely voluntary guidelines, automakers are supposed to follow a 15-point safety assessment before putting test vehicles on the road. The guidelines also made clear that the federal government -- not stat...
Tags: Google, Obama, Pennsylvania, Michigan, University Of Michigan, Trump, Mcity, National Transportation Safety Board, Chao, Elaine Chao, California Nevada, U S Transportation, Tesla Inc


Tome, Trek Collaborate on Using A.I. to Avoid Bike-Vehicle Collisions

After Jake Sigal’s first startup, Livio, was acquired by Ford in 2013, he knew he wanted to stay in the realm of connected cars with his next venture. At the time of acquisition, Sigal’s company was developing software to enable in-vehicle connectivity, the infotainment-heavy roots of today’s autonomous vehicle innovations. Back then, he saw that a major technological shift was taking place in the industry as self-driving cars zoomed to the head of the future products queue, and he felt t...
Tags: Startups, Trends, Software, Cycling, Ford, Machine Learning, Mobility, Autonomous Vehicles, Connected Cars, Detroit, Self-driving, Trek, University Of Michigan, Mcity, Livio, Sigal


Tome Software and Trek Bicycle are looking to AI to make biking safer

 Tome Software has teamed up with Trek Bicycle to reduce the number of bike to vehicle collisions. To achieve this goal, the partners have turned to using artificial intelligence at the autonomous vehicle testing facility, Mcity. The project will be conducted at Mcity’s TechLab, an early-stage transportation technology incubator. The project’s press release points to an US DOT… Read More
Tags: Gadgets, Technology, Tech, Economy, Cycling, Transport, Trek, Mcity, Mcity s TechLab


Autonomous Pizza Delivery? The Future Is Here!

( = || []).push({}); Autonomous driving, if perfected, represents a major societal advancement. Should we arrive at this proposed future, it may mean the end of traffic accidents, better infrastructure, and reduced emissions. It might also forever change the future of pizza delivery. Domino’s Pizza and Ford Motor Company are partnering to examine how self-driving cars impact pizza delivery. The collaboration will analyze consumer reactions in an attempt ...
Tags: Feature, Usa, Ford, Autos, Car Tech, Domino, University Of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mcity, Ford Motor Company, Weiner, Ann Arbor Michigan, Detroit Michigan, Christopher Taylor, Car News, Carl Anthony


Ford and Domino’s Pizza to Test Self-Driving Pizza Delivery Cars

Ford and Domino’s Pizza are collaborating on a new research project to see how self-driving cars can work for pizza delivery and will take a look at consumer reactions as they interact with autonomous vehicles. Part of the reason why the automaker is taking part in the project is to investigate customer perspectives regarding self-driving cars and their role in food delivery. Patrick Doyle, president and CEO of Domino’s Pizza, said the company has been keeping an eye on autonomous vehicle develo...
Tags: Usa, News, Ford, Domino, Mcity, Ann Arbor Michigan, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Domino s Pizza, Patrick Doyle, Russell Weiner, Roush Enterprises, University of Michigan Source


After Y Combinator, May Mobility Ready to Test Self-Driving Fleets

There has been a lot of speculation about what Ann Arbor, MI-based May Mobility has been up to since the company began working in stealth mode early this year. The new company has to do with autonomous vehicles—one of the hottest fields in tech—but until this week its website revealed only a landing page with a “contact us” e-mail address. That veil of silence has now been partially lifted. May Mobility has emerged from stealth with the announcement that it has just completed a stint in Y...
Tags: Startups, Uber, Y Combinator, Entrepreneurship, Trends, It, Vc, Software, Innovation, Silicon Valley, Autonomous Vehicles, Robotics, Fleet Management, Detroit, Fleet, Self-driving


Self-Driving Cars Are Safer When They Talk To Each Other

An anonymous reader quotes Engadget: A University of Michigan public-private partnership called Mcity is testing V2V, or vehicle to vehicle communication, and has found that it makes their autonomous prototypes even safer. V2V works by wirelessly sharing data such as location, speed and direction. Using DSRC, or Dedicated Short Range Communication, V2V can send up to 10 messages per second. This communication allows cars to see beyond what is immediately in front of them -- sensing a red light a...
Tags: Tech, University Of Michigan, Mcity, Engadget


The next stop for the driverless shuttle bus is the University of Michigan

Students and staff at the University of Michigan will soon be getting around campus on a driverless shuttle bus. The free service starts in the fall and will use two buses built by French firm Navya. The post The next stop for the driverless shuttle bus is the University of Michigan appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Cars, Trends, Michigan, Autonomous Cars, University Of Michigan, Driverless, Mcity, University of, Navya


The next stop for the driverless bus is the University of Michigan

Students and staff at the University of Michigan will soon be getting around campus on a driverless shuttle bus. The free service starts in the fall and will use two buses built by French firm Navya. The post The next stop for the driverless bus is the University of Michigan appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Cars, Trends, Michigan, Autonomous Cars, Self-driving, University Of Michigan, Driverless, Mcity, University of, Navya


Roundup: LLamasoft, TechHire Bootcamp, Application Deadlines Galore

Here’s a look at innovation news you may have missed from around Michigan: —LLamasoft, the Ann Arbor-based developer of supply chain software, announced today that TPG Capital has invested in the company. The specifics of the deal were not disclosed. LLamasoft marks TPG’s second foray into the supply-chain technology space, following its 2016 investment in Transporeon, a European cloud-based network for industrial logistics. —The University of Michigan’s Mobility Transformation Center now...
Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Trends, It, Software, Innovation, Michigan, Detroit, Tpg Capital, University Of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mcity, TPG, National blog main, Detroit blog main, Detroit top stories


Connected Cars, Cheap Rides, Deadlines to Apply & More MI Tech News

Here’s a look at tech and innovation news from around Michigan: —A University of Michigan startup called Cart is piloting a new service that offers low-cost rides to Detroit residents who want to go grocery shopping. Shoppers that live within five miles of one of Meijer’s two Detroit locations can pay $10 for a round-trip ride to the grocery store via the ridesharing service Lyft. (Meijer is donating the money to cover the rest of the fare.) Shoppers can order a ride from Cart’s website a...
Tags: Startups, Lyft, Roundup, Entrepreneurship, Trends, Vc, Ford, Innovation, Venture Capital, Michigan, Autonomous Vehicles, Biotech, Detroit, University Of Michigan, Mcity, Women In Technology


Las Vegas launches the first electric autonomous shuttle on U.S. public roads

 Las Vegas, transportation beat reporters can’t quit you; CES was like a car extravaganza, and now you’re launching a self-driving, fully electric shuttle on public streets. The shuttles are the result of a partnership between shuttle-maker Navya, fleet logistics provider Keolis and the city of Las Vegas, and began picking up members of the public today, riding a regular route…
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Las Vegas, Nevada, Robotics, GreenTech, Mcity, Keolis


U-M Unveils Autonomous Shuttle as Snyder Signs Driverless Car Bills

Today, Michigan took another step toward its goal of being a global hub for the development of autonomous vehicles when the University of Michigan unveiled a 15-passenger driverless shuttle. Separately, Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation easing regulations for testing autonomous technologies down the road at the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn. U-M’s electric shuttle, which is manufactured by the French firm Navya and is called ARMA, is the first vehicle of its kind to operate in...
Tags: Google, Startups, Lyft, Uber, Entrepreneurship, Trends, Ford, Innovation, Gm, Michigan, Toyota, Autonomous Vehicles, North America, Detroit, Fiat Chrysler, University Of Michigan


Kettering Repurposes Flint’s ‘Chevy in the Hole’ for Autonomous Driving R&D Center

The former General Motors site along the Flint River was officially known as Chevrolet Flint Manufacturing, but many of the folks who worked there and Flint locals called it “Chevy in the Hole” — likely a reference to its location in the river valley. It was once GM’s most profitable operation, producing millions of Chevys, engines, AC spark […] The post Kettering Repurposes Flint’s ‘Chevy in the Hole’ for Autonomous Driving R&D Center appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Gm, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Chevy, Autonomous Cars, R&D, Mcity, Flint, Flint River, Kettering University, News Blog


Paving the way for the autonomous truck

 Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are progressing technology in the trucking industry and helping to pave the path to fully autonomous trucks. Read More
Tags: TC, Transportation, Column, Tech, Automotive, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Trucks, Mcity, Otto


Toyota Opens New $1B Autonomous Vehicle Research Hub in Ann Arbor

All anyone in the automotive industry seems to be talking about these days is the race to develop autonomous cars and new mobility applications. The announcement last month of a new $1 billion Toyota vehicle research operation in Ann Arbor, MI, is another significant milestone in Michigan’s quest to lead the nation in the development of these technologies. The Toyota Research Institute (TRI), in partnership with the University of Michigan, will be Toyota’s third autonomous vehicle research ...
Tags: Startups, California, Entrepreneurship, Trends, It, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Sensors, Innovation, Machine Learning, Automotive Industry, Michigan, Toyota, Connected Cars, Autonomous Cars


The Test Track For Cars Of The Future Is Open In Ann Arbor

Mcity looks like a movie set, but it's actually where self-driving cars learn to behave on American roads. We take a tour with the director.
Tags: Ann Arbor, Mcity