Committed to improving the lives and safety of Michigan residents and visitors, MEDC and PlanetM, in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Transportation, have established two initiatives that will showcase the emerging mobility solutions in a real world deployment. Both challenges demonstrate Michigan’s roadways as a proving ground for automated vehicles solutions and highlight the rich automotive ecosystem Michigan offers to companies at all stages – from startup to OEMs.
The NAIAS 2020 Michigan Mobility Challenge is designed to highlight new, innovative mobility solutions for people traveling throughout Detroit during the 2020 North American International Auto Show. The challenged called on industry innovators to propose dynamic technology deployments that demonstrate how the way we live, work and play can be transformed by automotive and connected vehicle technology.
The downtown Detroit circulator experiences will run June 6-June 21, 2020 during preview week and public days of NAIAS 2020 and include:
Yandex Self-Driving Cars
Lt. Governor Gilchrist and MEDC CEO Jeff Mason witness first-hand the innovation happening in Michigan at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show as they take a ride in the Yandex self-driving car. Yandex was recently selected as a 2020 Michigan Mobility Challenge Airport to Downtown Technology Demonstration.
Dataspeed and FEV have been selected to provide shuttles along two distinct routes from Detroit Metro Airport directly to downtown Detroit. One route will transport passengers along I-94 to M-1, dropping riders in downtown Detroit on Warren Ave., where they can access hotels and other NAIAS activities. The second route will run from I-94 to US-12, providing riders a direct service to the TCF Center for the NAIAS 2020 activities. The shuttles will run Monday, June 8 through Thursday, June 11.
The technology demonstrations will be encompassed by a single mobile app being developed by Moovit, a leading Mobility as a Service (MaaS) platform provider. This MaaS app will provide an integrated, seamless user experience across all of the Mobility Challenge demonstrations, including multi-modal trip planning combining automated vehicles, with public transit, and micro-mobility service providers, step-by-step directions and real-time arrivals.
The $8 Million Michigan Mobility Challenge is a grant initiative seeded with an $8 million legislative appropriation to address core mobility gaps for seniors, persons with disabilities and veterans across the state.
The Challenge is a collaborative effort that is led by Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and PlanetM with collaboration from four other state agencies. A total of 13 projects in communities of varying sizes throughout Michigan have been funded.
For more information, visit: https://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,4616,7-151-9621_17216_86614---,00.html