The way people and goods travel from point A to point B is changing, driven by a series of converging technological and social trends: the rapid growth of car-sharing and ride-sharing; demographic changes; the increasing viability of electric and alternative powertrains; new, lightweight materials; and the growth of connected and autonomous vehicles. The result is the emergence of a new ecosystem of mobility that could offer faster, cheaper, cleaner, safer, more efficient, and more customized travel and everyday living.
According to Forbes magazine – Southeastern Michigan is quickly becoming the world’s centre of mobility:
“People may assume Silicon Valley is where all the paradigm-shifting tech innovations are happening these days, but Southeast Michigan is quietly maintaining its position as the capital of the automotive world, even as the industry moves into the high-tech future. According to the Detroit Regional Chamber, Michigan leads the nation in the number of connected and automated vehicle projects” – Forbes, June 25, 2018.
Did you know?
- Michigan ranks No. 1 in the nation in connected and automated vehicle projects;
- It is the leader in mobility-related patents, far outpacing runner-up California with almost 2,600 patents filed over the last five years;
- By the end of 2019, the state will have more than 500 miles of roadways equipped with the infrastructure required for connected vehicles to communicate with each other.
Given the proximity and the inter-connectedness of the Windsor-Essex Region to Southeastern Michigan, mobility is an area of great opportunity, especially given the importance of the automotive sector, along with the growing automation cluster in the Windsor-Essex Region.