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Partnerships

Planet M represents the collective mobility efforts of organizations and communities across Michigan, around the technologies and services keeping our state at the forefront of research, development and deployment. Planet M includes unique partnerships with the community, private firms and technical colleges to prepare students for the new transportation technology marketplace.

Private Industry

AECOM

AECOM supports public and private sector partners in the evolution of mobility enhancing systems such as connected vehicles, smarter cities and intelligent transportation systems (ITS). In Michigan, we provide complete life-cycle services to agencies such as the Michigan DOT, Macomb County, Oakland County, and the City of Detroit to best leverage their transportation technology investments. AECOM has developed a guidance document for the MDOT to support integration efforts to bring connected vehicle data and applications into the operational functions of their transportation operation centers.

Bernie Wagenblast Communications, LLC

Bernie Wagenblast Communications, LLC is the editor of several transportation-related e-newsletters, including the ITS Michigan Newsletter, the AASHTO Daily Transportation Update and the Transportation Communications Newsletter. In addition, Bernie is the host of Transportation Radio, which features interviews on a variety of mobility topics. 

Transportation Radio's goal is to provide transportation-related news through podcast-length interviews. The topics cover all modes of transportation and are international in scope. The host of Transportation Radio, Bernie Wagenblast, is also the editor of the ITS Michigan Newsletter. Topics such as transportation technology and communication are a focus of the interviews.

 

Detroit Windsor Tunnel (DWT)

The Detroit Windsor Tunnel is an industry leader in mobile and Bluetooth technology innovations. Mobile tolling is now a staple for vehicle progression across the border and is consistently updated and monitored for user satisfaction. While currently used for traffic monitoring, Bluetooth technology is being developed into additional traffic control applications. The Detroit Windsor Tunnel is devoted to developing new technologies that will impact the flow and management of tolling and related industries. Partnering with MDOT, the Detroit Windsor Tunnel is uniting these new technologies and information with the Planet M stakeholders.

HATCHI Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI)

Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI) has been involved in vehicle-to-anything (V2X) projects with Crash Avoidance Metrics Partnership (CAMP) for more than five years. HATCI was one of the original equipment manufacturers who participated in Ann Arbor model deployment project. Also, HATCI is one of the CAMP Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2I) Consortium members working on the V2I Safety Applications project to develop RSZW, CSW, and RLVW applications.

Lear ConnexUs Lear Corporation

Lear Corporation offers the industry's most advanced V2X technology with over 50,000 products in the field, supporting more than 15 deployments around the world, including deployments throughout Michigan such as the I-69 corridor, downtown Detroit, Telegraph Road in Southfield, I-696 corridor, and along M-59. Lear ConnexUs provides vehicle connectivity solutions, including V2X roadside and on-board units. In addition to connectivity, Lear's Electrical business segment also provides a portfolio of electrical and electronics components, including architecture solutions, electronic modules, wire harnesses and more. Lear products can be found in vehicles from every major automaker.

Mobile Comply

Mobile Comply is the leading provider of education and certification programs for connected transportation systems, autonomous vehicles and automotive cybersecurity. Our courses are crafted by our internationally renowned teams of transportation professionals, instructional designers, subject matter experts, and developers. Our exceptional curriculum offers participants the most up-to-the-minute information in an immersive educational environment.

Quanergy Systems

Quanergy Systems is the leading provider of LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) smart sensing solutions for real-time capture and processing of 3D spatial data and object detection, tracking and classification. Quanergy sensors, based on solid state technology, are disruptive in their cost, performance, reliability, size, weight, and power consumption. These affordable LiDAR sensors enable broad deployment of advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving systems. Quanergy LiDAR sensors also enhance the performance of smart city applications such as intersection management, rail crossings and smart parking. With a newly-opened office in Michigan, Quanergy works closely with key stakeholders and customers in the emerging automated/autonomous vehicle and smart city markets.

Savari

Savari is making the world's roadways smarter and safer. By deploying advanced wireless sensor technologies and software for V2X environments, Savari continues to support a growing portfolio of intelligent transportation services. With more than 150 man-years of V2X learning and development, and 15 million-plus miles per year of public testing, Savari is a recognized leader in V2X technology. Savari is a proud partner of Planet M along with automotive OEMs, system integrators, chipset vendors and government agencies such as the Michigan Department of Transportation and the USDOT.

Spicer Group

Spicer Group is a national leader in the collection of LiDAR data for the preparation of precise maps of our nations highway infrastructure. LiDAR data is the defacto standard for collecting large amounts of accurate geospatial data to produce maps to support connected vehicle technology. Spicer Group is a partner in PLANET M for the promotion of career opportunities, and supporting connected vehicle technology research with our precision LiDAR collection capabilities.

WSP

WSP proudly supports Michigan's efforts to redefine mobility. Our firm has provided engineering services in support of some of the nation's largest new mobility initiatives right here in Michigan, including the Safety Pilot Model Deployment, the Mcity test facility, the 2014 ITS World Congress in Detroit, and MDOT's Smart Corridor initiatives. We have partnered with government, academic and private sector entities to help develop the world's most robust connected vehicle environment. Planet M represents a bold vision for the future of mobility, and WSP is proud to be a partner in Michigan's mobility revolution.

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Surveying Solutions, Inc

 

Surveying Solutions, Inc. is proud to support Planet M and remains committed to keeping our state on the forefront of research, development, and deployment.  As an industry leader, SSI was one of the few pioneering firms in the United States to embrace Mobile LiDAR and the very first in the State of Michigan. Through the use of Mobile LiDAR, SSI has provided 100’s of miles of data collection for connected vehicle initiatives. We have been associated with Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) projects with both private sector firms and various MDOT TSC’s throughout the state including the Safety Pilot Model Deployment and the 2014 ITS World Congress.  SSI has also been involved with various MDOT committees to help determine best practices for survey and construction related activities. We look forward to evolving with cutting edge technology and will continue to lead the way in the safe and efficient data collection to support Michigan’s mobility initiative.

 

NextEnergy

NextEnergy is an innovation center transforming how we use energy to live and move. Through its partnerships with industry; local, state and federal governments; universities and national labs; and the innovation pipeline, NextEnergy is accelerating mobility and built environment technologies to enable smarter cities that address societal needs. Located on 2.8 acres in the heart of Wayne State University’s campus, and one block from the QLINE, NextEnergy is currently involved in the following mobility programs:

  • MDrive, an EV car share program to study the benefits and challenges of a vehicle designed for sharing (Partners: DENSO, University of Michigan Dearborn)
  • An e-scooter share program to identify & develop urban business models for scooter transportation (Partners: Mahindra’s GenZe, CGS Advisors, The Advanced Michigan Defense Collaborative)
  • NextChallenge, a technology challenge to accelerate connected, interactive and data-driven solutions in advanced energy and mobility that address needs in urban areas (Sponsors: Wells Fargo, DENSO, DTE Energy)
  • Maven, a self-serve, station-based car share program (Partner: GM)
  • Venture services, a specialized suite of business services administered to assist mobility-focused startups

Powerlink Systems

Powerlink Systems is leading the Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) industry's shift to an open marketplace by providing the products, services, and information consumers need to confidently participate in the automotive industry's transition to electric vehicles. We distribute and install ChargePoint EV chargers, recognized as an industry leader in connected and sustainable charging products.  Powerlink Systems is proud to partner with MDOT, MEDC and Planet M to further develop our state's "Connected Vehicle" programs that will advance technology in mobility and bring recognition to Michigan's growing transportation technology sector.

HNTB Corporation

HNTB is a leading provider of autonomous and connected vehicle program technical support services to clients throughout the United States. Our 100+ Michigan employees bring a vast array of planning, design, construction oversight, and program management experience to deliver innovative infrastructure solutions. HNTB is a proud partner of Planet M as we firmly believe mobility is critical to the reinvention of Michigan. HNTB has a vested interest in Michigan communities and look forward to engaging in autonomous and connected vehicle efforts that will improve quality of life, spur economic development and position Michigan for a strong future.

Government

Macomb County

Macomb County is the third most-populous County in Michigan and is positioned just north of Wayne County (which encompasses the City of Detroit). Fluttering with auto-related business activity—with manufacturing and design facilities for the Big Three auto manufacturers (GM, Ford, Chrysler)—that call Macomb County home, Macomb County is also the home of the Selfridge Air National Guard Base as well as the Army's Tank and Automotive Command (TACOM).

Macomb County is also a great place to live, work and play with several miles of Lake St. Clair shoreline. Constructed and opened in 2013, Macomb County's Communication and Technology Center (COMTEC) Center, houses four mission-critical County Departments:Information Technology, the Office of Emergency Management, the Department of Roads Traffic Operations Center (TOC), and Sheriff Dispatch. COMTEC is a state-of-the-art facility that houses a 50-foot by 20-foot video wall and access to more than 200 cameras which are utilized by TOC staff (on weekdays from 6am-6pm) and Sheriff Dispatch staff (24/7/365) for traffic management and efficient and effective incident handling/information dissemination.

In 2015, the Department of Roads completed a project called the Licensed Wireless Backhaul Project that revamped the backbone communications network to allow roughly 9.7 Gigabits of overall capacity of intelligent transportations systems (ITS) data. This project not only enhances current COMTEC function but also positions Macomb County with bandwidth capabilities for future growth of additional ITS devices deployments, including Connected Vehicle infrastructure and technology, well into the future. With a robust operations center and a solid communications network already in place, the County is ready and is embarking on implementing Connected Vehicle technology for safer and more efficient traffic on its roads. Macomb County thrives on mobility and its mobility is what makes Macomb County thrive!

The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC)

The RCOC maintains Michigan's largest county road system and is one of the few local road agencies in the nation that has been involved in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) since the field's inception. RCOC has long been a leader in adaptive traffic-signal technologies and was the first local agency in the nation to deploy such technology on an arterial road system.

Today, RCOC has the second-largest such system in the nation. The agency has also been involved in vehicle-to-infrastructure technology for decades, having introduced an early prototype vehicle-navigation system based on roadside beacons in 1992. The agency continues to be a leader in the field and partners with auto manufacturers and suppliers as well as with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on a number of connected-vehicle initiatives. These initiatives include those looking at Signal Phase and Timing (SPAT) data, vehicle and road-system data mining, wireless communications for signal data and more. In fact, numerous groups and individuals have traveled to Oakland County from all over the world to see RCOC's high-tech initiatives. For RCOC, though, the bottom line remains that the agency is committed using technology to improve the mobility and safety of motorists.

TARDEC

The U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, or TARDEC, located in Warren, Michigan, is the Army's leading developer of ground vehicle technology. TARDEC's mission is to develop, integrate and sustain the right technology solutions for all manned and unmanned Department of Defense (DoD) ground systems and combat support systems to improve Current Force effectiveness and provide superior capabilities for the Future Force.

TARDEC partners with many of industry's top automotive and research/development corporations and institutions. Through this technology transfer, interests of all parties are met and the best equipment is provided to our nation's warfighters at the least possible cost. Collaborating with MDOT is a natural fit, as Michigan’s roadways provide TARDEC with the ability to test new capabilities nearby in a spectrum of real-world environments. TARDEC has also found in MDOT a collaborative partner who leans forward with us, looking to stay ahead of the rapid advances in automobile and mobility technology. Where MDOT can provide the environment and support for honing these technologies on the public roadways, TARDEC provides the technological expertise and background in testing and evaluation techniques. Collaborative partnerships like that which TARDEC shares with MDOT streamline the innovation and capability development process for the Warfighter while enhancing the automobile research and development focus in Michigan.

Associations, Research & Academia

CAR: The Center for Automotive Research

The Center for Automotive Research produces industry-driven research and analyses; develops forecasts; fosters dialogue and convenes forums; and publicly disseminates our research through conferences, events, and the media. Our mission is to educate, inform and advise industry stakeholders, policy makers, and the general public on critical issues facing the automotive industry and its impact on the U.S. economy and society.

As an independent, non-profit, research organization with a multi-disciplinary approach, CAR engages with leaders in the global automotive industry to support technology advancements and improve the competitiveness of the U.S. automotive industry. We succeed through close collaboration and strong relationships with automakers, suppliers, industry associations, government, non-profits, labor organizations, and educational institutions.

Kettering University

Kettering University (formerly GMI) has a long history of automotive education and research. The new College of Engineering will continue that tradition. With the support of the GM Foundation and other donors, Kettering University is currently building a small automotive test facility (GMFARA) that will be appropriate for small-scale vehicle dynamics and automated vehicle development. Kettering has many faculty members in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Computer Science that conduct automotive related research including: vehicle dynamics, alternative engine fuels, automotive applications of CFD, hybrid electric vehicles, power electronics, advanced battery and fuel cells, cybersecurity, and automated vehicles.

Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce

The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce is committed to supporting automotive and transportation technology advancements in the city of Flint, Genesee County and across Michigan. We are committed to our partnership with Planet M, and maintaining Michigan’s foothold as the recognized global leader in this emerging technology. In a city steeped in automotive innovation history, the Chamber recognizes the importance of mobility efforts in keeping Michigan the recognized leader in 21st Century transportation. Recent investment announcements include the expansion of Laird Technologies’ vehicle connectivity research and design center in Grand Blanc, and construction of a new automotive proving ground at Kettering University in Flint.

Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI)

The Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI), a consortium within Michigan Technological University, is a multi-disciplinary organization conducting a wide range of applied research, outreach and education activities in the transportation field. Principal investigators, both faculty and staff, within MTTI have extensive experience in research at federal, state and local levels in the fields of asphalt, portland cement concrete, bridge monitoring, multi-modal freight movement with an emphasis on rail and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) including connected vehicles and human factors. In addition, the Center for Technology & Training (CTT) personnel are involved in education including workshops and training events, outreach, and asset management for state DOTs, counties, municipalities and local government agencies. MTTI's mission is to provide the operating structure, resources, recognition, and leadership, in a collaborative environment that supports research, education, and outreach leading to sustainable solutions for transportation partners with MDOT's vision of a connected vehicle environment.

Keweenaw Research Center

The Keweenaw Research Center is a multidisciplinary research center of Michigan Technological University located adjacent to the Houghton County Memorial Airport in Calumet, Michigan. KRC is well known for its attention to detain in maintaining winter surfaces for vehicle mobility studies with driver assist technologies such as anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control, adaptive cruise control, and automatic steering/skid control. KRC is ready to provide AV and CV testing in off road and harsh environments in its newly expanded 900 acre test facility. For more information contact the Director, Jay Meldrum (jmeldrum@mtu.edu) or visit www.mtukrc.org.

Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM)

The Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) is a non-profit trade association for Michigan's mobile/wireless (connected) technologies industry, businesses that provide these technologies, and the businesses—in all industries—that use these technologies. They are the first state-based mobile/wireless industry trade association in the U.S., focused on increasing demand for Michigan-based mobile/wireless (connected) tech products and services within the state, nationally and globally, thereby generating increased entrepreneurial and enterprise-level opportunities and creating sustainable jobs in Michigan. MTAM is the statewide producer of Mobile Monday Michigan —a mobile/wireless (connected) tech networking and education organization which is a branch of the international Mobile Monday organization based in Finland; in Michigan, there are four chapters (Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing and Grand Rapids) with over 3000 members statewide.

Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)

Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Vehicle Electronics Program consists of an outstanding group of over 20 industry leaders from aftermarket, supplier, technology companies and organizations. The charter is to lead the development of a collaborative program focused on emerging business and product development opportunities, as well as functional and regulatory compliance challenges and solutions for aftermarket integration of automotive and consumer electronics, active safety, advanced driver assist systems, connected and autonomous vehicles. Planet M resources will help many of the 6,300 SEMA Member companies customize with confidence and ensure compliance by leveraging the power of the aftermarket in this Golden Age of New Performance and Mobility.

Washtenaw Community College - Advanced Transportation Center

The Advanced Transportation Center (ATC) at Washtenaw Community College (WCC) is focused upon preparing the existing and future workforce for the emerging needs of the advanced transportation industry, by providing workforce training, education and transfer opportunities. The ATC at WCC provides training for the rapidly growing industries of intelligent transportation systems, advanced manufacturing and automotive transportation servicing. WCC is committed to helping cultivate a steady pipeline of talented, qualified and highly skilled workers to meet the demands of our increasingly connected and mobile world. WCC is a proud partner of Planet M and is working to ensure Michigan remains at the forefront in developing the future of transportation.

Square One Education Network

 The Square One Education Network’s mission is to identify, fund and enable STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) projects for K-12 teachers and students, which are experiential, compelling and challenging.  We support hands-on STEM initiatives, host unique professional development, and provide engaging STEM projects throughout the Great Lakes region.

Square One is developing a V2X (Vehicle to Everything) connected vehicle technology program that is highly relevant, highly visible, resource rich, project-based and affordable/scalable for teachers in grades 9-12.  The goal is to establish the first school course(s) that are available for credit in schools throughout Michigan…and eventually the country.

Through a one-day workshop, teachers and students are introduced to connected vehicle technology with the goal to establish their own “V2X Research and Demonstration Lab School.”  Interested industry partners and educators are encouraged to contact Karl Klimek, executive director of the Square One Education Network to learn more.


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Wayne State University

Prof. Hongwei Zhang leads the Dependable Networking and Computing Research Group at Wayne State University. Their work focuses on trustworthy wireless networking and continuous technology evolution for connected and automated vehicles, and they look forward to working with PLANET M to establish the technology foundation for connected and automated vehicles.