Gov. Rick Snyder held in-depth talks with leaders from industries and governments around the globe, investigating ways to improve collaboration and accelerate implementation of the next phase of vehicle mobility. The discussions took place at the annual Intelligent Transportation Systems World Congress, held this year in Montreal.

The goal of attending the Nov. 1 conference was to continue Michigan’s global leadership position in the development of autonomous vehicle technology. Snyder was among leaders from 10 countries who participated in the Intelligent Vehicle Testing (ITS) Symposium.

ITS Symposium topics included aligning global policy, regulations and standards to help accelerate worldwide implementation of connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies.

“This forum allowed leaders in mobility to share best practices, and to learn more about how testing facilities can work together to advance the technologies surrounding connected and automated vehicle development,” said Snyder. “The spirit of collaboration is there, and now we need to roll up our sleeves and keep the advancements moving forward. The technology is developing more quickly than the industry or government can keep up, and we need safety to be hand-in-hand with progress.”

In addition to highlighting Michigan’s global connected and automated (CAV) leadership, Snyder promoted PlanetM as the “ideal environment” for established and emerging companies looking to conduct business in the mobility space. PlanetM represents the collective initiatives of Michigan’s mobility eco system.

On Nov. 2, Snyder unveiled a new study released by PlanetM and Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC); the “Future Cities Study” assesses the potential challenges and benefits of CAV technologies for large urban communities, as well as rural regions.  The report suggests recommendations and next steps for communities to ensure a successful implementation of civic systems that support CAV technology, such as car-sharing services.



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