Helping Cities Assess Mobility Options
City planners recognize the potential power of vehicle connectivity, automation and ride sharing to improve the quality of life for urban dwellers.
City planners recognize the potential power of vehicle connectivity, automation and ride sharing to improve the quality of life for urban dwellers. But they may lack the resources to find and analyze the best mobility options.
Kevin Kerrigan, who heads automotive initiatives for the Michigan Economic Development Corp., says Michigan government sees its role in future mobility as that of creating an environment in which new technologies can flourish. To help cities make informed choices, MEDC and its PlanetM mobility initiative partnered with the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor to provide guidance.
One result is Future Cities: Navigating the New Era of Mobility. Download the four-page executive summary HERE or the full 40-page report HERE.
Japan’s SoftBank Vision Fund is investing $2.3 billion in General Motors Co.’s Cruise Automation unit.
This is the Case IH 8000 Series Austoft sugar cane harvester: According to CNH Industrial, which owns Case, in Brazil, where equipment like this is used, sugar cane harvesting, which had once been a labor-intensive process (as had been the production of cars and components), workers had been able to cut cane at a rate of up to 500 kg per hour.
The Hyundai Motor Group is directing some of its attention and resources toward the development of robotic technology, which includes wearable robots, service robots and micromobility.