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Auto Tech, STEM Education, Women In Tech On Today’s M2 TechCast

ROYAL OAK — Visits with several regular guests will make up three-quarters of the Monday, July 17 M2 TechCast.

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International call-in to highlight Monday’s M2 TechCast

ROYAL OAK — One half of the hosting team at the M2 TechCast will be calling in from overseason for the program’s Monday, June 26 edition.

The show will start at 3 p.m. Eastern time Monday at

Mike Brennan, founder and publisher of Michigan Technology News, will phone in from Israel, where he is covering the 7th International Cyber Week at Tel Aviv University. Organizers of the event invited Brennan to attend.

At 3:15, Tricia Walding of the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan will outline WIN’s recently released Connected and Automated Vehicles Social Network Analysis.

At 3:30, Keith Brophy, director of the Michigan Small Business Development Center, will interview Bhushan Kulkarni, Chairman of GDI Infotech and CEO of InfoReady Corp. Bhushan is also co-chair of BBM BizCon 2017, a conference taking place on July 6 in Grand Rapids.

Wrapping up the show at 3:45 will be Dr. Sibrina Collins, director of Lawrence Technological University’s Marburger STEM Center, the home of LTU’s K-12 and STEM outreach programs. She’ll provide the latest details on LTU’s high school and middle school summer science and technology camps, the Marburger STEM Center Ambassadors Program, and the recent ribbon-cutting of a high-tech outdoor classroom at Detroit’s Sampson-Webber Leadership Academy.

The M2 TechCast will not air Monday, July 3 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. It will return Monday, July 10.

The M2 TechCast airs live on the internet from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time each Monday at And you can listen to past episodes by clicking on

The M2 TechCast is hosted by Brennan and Matt Roush, director of the university news bureau at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. Both covered high tech in Michigan as journalists for more than 20 years.

The M2 TechCast is part of Podcast Detroit, a network of more than 50 locally produced podcasts on a wide variety of topics, anchored by IT in the D. the nation’s No. 1 tech podcast, which regularly draws more than 500,000 listeners a week. IT in the D airs live Monday nights from 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern time.


MCWT, CIOs Convene to Discuss the ‘Internet of Life’

NOVI  – More than 800 technology professionals from Michigan met Wednesday at the Suburban Collection Showplace to hear Ford Motor Co. President and CEO Jim Hackett and other business leaders discuss how mobility and connectivity are shaping the future.

The executives explored the concept of “the Internet of Life,” where ubiquitous connectivity transforms lifestyles and Business models. The event centered on using technology and innovation to make people’s lives better.

The Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation hosted the 5th annual Executive Connection Summit, sponsored by Ford, FCA US LLC, and General Motors.

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UM Research Claims Huge Advance In Testing Self-Driving Cars

ANN ARBOR — Mobility researchers at the University of Michigan say they have devised a new way to test autonomous vehicles that bypasses the billions of miles they would need to log for consumers to consider them road-ready.

The process, which was developed using data from more than 25 million miles of real-world driving, can cut the time required to evaluate robotic vehicles’ handling of potentially dangerous situations by 300 to 100,000 times. And it could save 99.9 percent of testing time and costs, the researchers say.

They outline the approach in a new white paper published by Mcity, a UM-led public-private partnership to accelerate advanced mobility vehicles and technologies.

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Denso Opens R&D Center At UM

SOUTHFIELD — The Japan-based auto supplier Denso Corp. announced the opening of the Denso R&D Lab at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

The company said 12 UM students were selected to help on various research projects being undertaken at the lab. The projects will begin this month and continue throughout the year.

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MSU autonomous vehicle featured at AutoMobili-D at 2017 NAIAS in Detroit

EAST LANSING — Michigan State University will display a cutting-edge autonomous concept vehicle and related technology during AutoMobili-D at Cobo Center from Jan. 8-12 — a premier feature of the 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

MSU’s green-and- white vehicle is equipped with a variety of intelligent devices and sensors, such as laser radars, or lidars, that create a 3D map of the driving area as well as advanced algorithms that allow a vehicle to maneuver in its environment.

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Ford Debuts Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Development Vehicle

Ford Debuts Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Development Vehicle

DEARBORN — Ford Motor Co. has introduced its next-generation Fusion Hybrid autonomous development vehicle. The new vehicle uses the current Ford autonomous vehicle platform, but ups the processing power with new computer hardware.

The company says electrical controls are closer to production-ready, and adjustments to the sensor technology, including placement, allow the car to better see what’s around it. New LiDAR (laser-based radar) sensors have a sleeker design and more targeted field of vision, which enables the car to now use just two sensors rather than four, while still getting just as much data.

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Feds Establish Midwest Center for Connected and Automated Transportation

ANN ARBOR — Moving society to next-generation transportation systems will take more than technology, and a new $2.47 million center led by the University of Michigan will explore the full picture of how communities can best transition to connected and automated vehicles.

Six Midwestern higher-learning institutions, including the University of Michigan and Washtenaw Community College, are involved in the new U.S. Department of Transportation-funded Center for Connected and Automated Transportation. Other institutions that are part of the center are Purdue University, the University of Illinois, the University of Akron and Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio.

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Driverless shuttle introduced at Mcity

ANN ARBOR — A fully autonomous, 15-passenger electric shuttle manufactured by French firm Navya will support research and provide self-guided tours of Mcity, UM’s test site for connected and automated vehicles.

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New Auto Tech Conference Coming In 2017; Preview Dec. 9

DETROIT — Crain Communications Inc. and MSX International announce the launch of Technology in Motion (TIM), an automotive technology exposition and conference scheduled to be held Sept. 6-8, 2017, at Cobo Center in Detroit.

The companies said the event is intended to become a prominent technology and mobility event, drawing together automakers, auto suppliers, and the technology community.

Among the subjects of TIM 17: technological advancements in autonomous vehicles, connected cars, and mobility and propulsion systems.

TIM 17’s focus:
* Reaffirm the state of Michigan and Detroit as an automotive technology hub
* Provide a forum for the growing interest in connectivity, autonomous vehicles and mobility solutions
* Increase recruitment efforts in the automotive sector, the state of Michigan and Detroit
* Stimulate increased capital and technology investments in the region

“The automotive industry is using new technology to progress at a very rapid pace. Safety, user experience and vehicle efficiency top the list for future vehicle improvement,” said K.C. Crain, executive vice president and director of corporate operations at Crain Communications.

On Friday, Dec. 9, a preview event for TIM 17 will be held in the General Motors Auditorium at the College for Creative Studies’ A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education at 460 W. Baltimore Ave. in Detroit.

The TIM Preview Event will be a day-long conference. Crain will be among the speakers. The rest of the lineup includes:
* Mike Ableson, vice president of strategy and global portfolio planning, General Motors
* Matthew J. Simoncini, president and CEO, Lear Corp.
* Aine Denari, senior vice president, planning and business development, ZF North America Inc.
* David Liniado, vice presidetn of global enterprise new ventures,  Cox Automotive
* Steve Hanna, director of solution sales for manufacturing, Microsoft Corp.
* Danny Shapiro, senior director of automotive, Nvidia
* Christopher Thomas, founder and partner, Fontinalis Partners
* Marc Weiser, managing director, RPM Ventures
* Dan Gilbert, chairman and founder, Quicken Loans
* David Graff, global vice president of retail network solutions sales, MSX International

To register for the preview event, visit For more information, contact Trisha Stephens, TIM Show Coordinator, at, (248) 829-6042

MSX International is a Detroit-based business process outsourcing provider. More at Crain Communications is a privately held media company that produces 21 print publications and 34 news websites, reaching six million people in the United States, Europe and Asia. Included are Detroit-based Automotive News and Crain’s Detroit Business. More at