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2020 Summit Recaps

2020 MICHauto Summit Recaps

Bryan Salesky Outlines Pathway to a Connected, Autonomous Future

In a one-on-one conversation with Argo AI CEO and Co-founder Bryan Salesky at the 2020 MICHauto Summit, “Autoline” host John McElroy emphasized the accelerated pace of the autonomous and connected vehicle movement over the past few years. Continue reading.


Darren Palmer: Transforming the Automotive and Mobility Industry

“Freedom of movement drives human progress.” Darren Palmer, the global director of battery elective vehicles product development at Ford Motor Company, opened his keynote address at the 2020 MICHauto Summit with this Ford philosophy. Continue reading.


Diversity and Inclusion: An Industry Imperative

Diversity and inclusion is a top industry priority now more than ever. A panel moderated by “Autoline” host John McElroy and featuring Margaret Baxter, executive director of the Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion and Advancement (CADIA); Jatinder-Bir “Jay” Sandhu, CEO of NYX, LLC; and Kristen Tabar, group vice president of vehicle development and engineering at Toyota Motor North America Research and Development, identified best practices for satisfying the indisputable need for a stronger culture of inclusion. Continue reading.


Growth in the Global Market

At the 2020 MICHauto Summit, Michael Robinet, executive director of automotive advisory services at IHS Markit, outlined factors in his keynote address that will impact Michigan’s position in the global automotive mobility landscape and provided insight into the steps necessary to affirm the stat’s leadership amoung other emerging markets. Continue reading.


Industry Diversification: Defense Meets Automotive

The 2020 MICHauto Summit brought two major industries together to discuss pathways to collaboration in a panel featuring Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Michigan and Chief Operating Officer of the Detroit Regional Chamber Tammy Carnrike, Director of Next Generation Combat Vehicle for the U.S. Army Futures Command Brigadier General Ross Coffman, and President and CEO of Safety Technology Holdings and Humanetics Innovative Solutions Christopher O’Connor.  Continue reading.


John McElroy: Michigan’s Auto Industry Embarks on a Dangerous Decade

“Autoline” host John McElroy encouraged attendees at the 2020 MICHauto Summit in his keynote address to be proactive, not reactive, when planning for the industry’s next decade. McElroy emphasized that automakers will face both direct and indirect costs in their innovative practices. “We are embarking on a very dangerous decade,” said McElroy. “The traditional auto industry is under threat.”  Continue reading.


Gov. Whitmer Signs Executive Directive and Order at 2020 MICHauto Summit

Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made history at the 2020 MICHauto Summit when she shared her plan for ensuring Michigan’s leadership in the global automotive and mobility industry. On the hood of an Argo AI autonomous Ford Fusion, the governor signed two measures – an Executive Directive to create the Michigan Office of Future Mobility and designate a Chief Mobility Officer to head the office, and an Executive Order to create the Michigan Council on Future Mobility and Electrification. This announcement follows the state’s success over the past year in creating 11,000 new automotive jobs, more than any other state. Continue reading.


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