PlanetM makes a global impact
Autonomous Vehicle Technology announces 2020 ACES Award Winner in Mobility Services | Collaboration category
The PlanetM transportation initiative of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. has gone beyond what most other regional development arms of local governments have done for its comprehensive approach to local, national, and global collaboration to drive the future of mobility. A recent example of the global focus was a smart mobility focused trade mission to the U.S. featuring startups from DRIVE TLV, a leading innovation center for smart mobility technologies in Israel. The mission hosted companies for tours of Michigan’s testing facilities such as MCity and the American City for Mobility (ACM) (shown), and participated in corporate matchmaking meetings with top mobility stakeholders established in Michigan. Nationally, PlanetM does a significant amount of collaboration also with the Silicon Valley market, leading several international delegations in the recent past to connect with mobility companies and partners. PlanetM’s mobility grant program is also significant for the new mobility industry, and while the end goal is to connect companies with resources in Michigan, the program is open to startups and small- to mid-size mobility-focused corporations globally. The latest grant recipients were six startups—Propelmee, Aveopt, GoKid, Intvo, Aerotronic, and AKTV8—aimed at addressing the toughest mobility and transportation challenges, including traffic congestion reduction and improved pedestrian and road safety. An earlier round of grants awarded Bedestrian, EasyMile, Hi-Ho Mobility, NAVENTIK, and NAVYA, the startups having a lasting impact in industries such as healthcare, where patients have identified barriers to mobility, and in higher education, where students have identified challenges to affordable and accessible transportation options.
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