PlanetM Landing Zone Celebrates Two Years Of Member Successes At Mobility Meetup

PlanetM Landing Zone is celebrating its two-year anniversary of bringing global mobility startups to Detroit this week. With acquisitions, companies expanding operations in Detroit, and major public-private partnerships, the Landing Zone has proven to be vital to growing Detroit’s automotive and mobility ecosystem.

A group of 64 attendees attended this week’s Mobility Meetup, highlighting the recent successes of the Landing Zone members with a panel of automotive and mobility leaders from member companies. The evening’s panelists included Kevin Mull, connected mobility services at Bosch, Jessica Robinson, executive director at Michigan Mobility Institute, and Ashok Sivanand, CEO of Integral. The Chamber and MICHauto’s Devon O’Reilly, director of entrepreneurship and PlanetM Landing Zone moderated the panel.

Discussions included the future of the Landing Zone, the value of being a participating member, and the significance of investing in Detroit.

“I’ve been able to build relationships here with people I never would’ve met otherwise,” said Mull about remaining in Detroit. “People are really waking up to what’s happening in the city.”

In the two years since the launch of the Landing Zone, members including startups, leading automotive and technology companies, and venture capital firms have achieved significant milestones here in Detroit.

Integral, a startup member that has graduated out of the Landing Zone, grew to more than 30 employees and secured a permanent office space in Detroit, remaining in the city. Sivanand emphasized that it was important for the company to establish itself in this market, with their customers in the suburbs, and automotive and mobility peers downtown.

“We got to know PlanetM and that was the missing piece of the puzzle for us,” said Sivanand.

Other member successes include Bosch’s acquisition of fellow Landing Zone member SPLT in 2018 and  Derq’s partnership with MDOT to successfully pilot predictive artificial intelligence technology at one of the most dangerous Detroit intersections that includes the international tunnel to Canada, Jefferson and Randolph. Derq accomplished this with the help of a PlanetM Grant, the City of Detroit, DTE Energy.

The next Mobility Meetup will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 11. For more information, contact Devon O’Reilly at doreilly@detroitchamber.com.

PlanetM Landing Zone Celebrates Two Years of Member Successes at Mobility Meetup

PlanetM Landing Zone is celebrating its two-year anniversary of bringing global mobility startups to Detroit this week. With acquisitions, companies expanding operations in Detroit, and major public-private partnerships, the Landing Zone has proven to be vital to growing Detroit’s automotive and mobility ecosystem.

A group of 64 attendees attended this week’s Mobility Meetup, highlighting the recent successes of the Landing Zone members with a panel of automotive and mobility leaders from member companies. The evening’s panelists included Kevin Mull, connected mobility services at Bosch, Jessica Robinson, executive director at Michigan Mobility Institute, and Ashok Sivanand, CEO of Integral. The Chamber and MICHauto’s Devon O’Reilly, director of entrepreneurship and PlanetM Landing Zone moderated the panel.

Discussions included the future of the Landing Zone, the value of being a participating member, and the significance of investing in Detroit.

“I’ve been able to build relationships here with people I never would’ve met otherwise,” said Mull about remaining in Detroit. “People are really waking up to what’s happening in the city.”

In the two years since the launch of the Landing Zone, members including startups, leading automotive and technology companies, and venture capital firms have achieved significant milestones here in Detroit.

Integral, a startup member that has graduated out of the Landing Zone, grew to more than 30 employees and secured a permanent office space in Detroit, remaining in the city. Sivanand emphasized that it was important for the company to establish itself in this market, with their customers in the suburbs, and automotive and mobility peers downtown.

“We got to know PlanetM and that was the missing piece of the puzzle for us,” said Sivanand.

Other member successes include Bosch’s acquisition of fellow Landing Zone member SPLT in 2018 and  Derq’s partnership with MDOT to successfully pilot predictive artificial intelligence technology at one of the most dangerous Detroit intersections that includes the international tunnel to Canada, Jefferson and Randolph. Derq accomplished this with the help of a PlanetM Grant, the City of Detroit, DTE Energy.

The next Mobility Meetup will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 11. For more information, contact Devon O’Reilly at doreilly@detroitchamber.com.

MICHauto Hosts Legislative Tour of Regional Mobility Hubs

This month, MICHauto and Rep. Bronna Kahle (R-Adrian) hosted a tour of some of the state’s most innovative mobility hubs for more than a dozen fellow legislators. The tour was intended to showcase the State of Michigan’s investment in the future of mobility to support the industry’s continued development.

The tour kicked off with an interactive experience at Mcity in Ann Arbor led by Victoria Waters, assistant director of Mcity. The legislators experienced the connected testing environment firsthand during a ride in an autonomous shuttle.

The American Center for Mobility was the next stop on the legislators’ tour, where Dawn Thompson, director of strategy and special programs, gave the legislators a brief presentation followed by a tour of the 500-acres of multiple test environments.

The group ended the day at the PlanetM Landing Zone, a community workspace for automotive and mobility startups in downtown Detroit. During the visit, the group toured the Landing Zone’s workspace and received an overview of MICHauto and the state of the industry from Glenn Stevens Jr., executive director of MICHauto and vice president of automotive and mobility initiatives for the Detroit Regional Chamber.

This tour is one of several across the state that MICHauto has been hosting for legislators to showcase the vast and impactful work being done in the automotive and mobility industries, and the importance of securing this industry for the state’s economic future.

MICHauto Hosts Churchill High School Students at HELLA for First Discover Auto Tour

MICHauto’s Discover Auto program connects students to the career opportunities available to them in the automotive industry through immersive tours with those leading its ongoing evolution. In the first tour of the school year, 15 computer science students from Livonia’s Churchill High School were welcomed to HELLA’s Northville facility on Friday, Oct. 18 for career discussion and exploration.

HELLA CEO Joerg Weisgerber provided the students an introduction to HELLA’s work and its role in the automotive industry and the company’s Young Scholar program. Current Young Scholar, Gwen Roberts, shared a firsthand account of what the program entails and how the challenging work prepares students for fulfilling careers.

Beyond exposure to the operational components of the industry, this Discover Auto tour offered career lessons about work-life balance, the global reach of a Michigan-based automotive career, and the diverse spectrum of roles available – from traditional manufacturing to software development and everything in between.