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American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti Township Opens for Testing

The American Center for Mobility (ACM) today announced it has opened its state-of-the-art proving grounds for testing, with Visteon Corp. in Van Buren Township and Toyota Research Institute in Ann arbor on site to begin testing operations, and others scheduling for next week.

Auburn Hills-based Continental Automates Electric Vehicle Charging, Creates Mobile Power Bank

Auburn Hills-based automotive supplier Continental will demonstrate two new battery charging systems to maximize the advantages of electric vehicles, including an automatic wireless charging system that transfers power inductively, next month (Jan. 9-12) at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

G2 Consulting Group in Troy Earns Second Amazon Contract in Metro Detroit

As Amazon weighs where to build its second North American headquarters (H2Q), Troy-based G2 Consulting will provide construction engineering services for an 850,000-square-foot Amazon distribution center currently underway in Shelby Township.

Holtzman Wildlife Foundation Gifts $500,000 for Red Panda Habitat at Detroit Zoo

The Holtzmann Wildlife Foundation in Farmington Hills today announced a $500,000 grant to assist the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak with a 4,000-square foot expansion of the red panda exhibit. The red pandas renovated habitat will feature a more stimulating naturalistic environment combined with educational experiences for the zoo’s 1.5 million annual guests.

Plum Market Comes to Oakland University in Fall 2018

Oakland University (OU) in Auburn Hill will open a Plum Market on campus in the renovated Oakland Center in Fall 2018. The partnership will focus on quality food, service, and engagement with students and faculty.

Report: Robotics, Motion Vision, Motion Control Segments Hit Records in 2017

The Ann Arbor-based Association for Advancing Automation (A3) today announced that the robotics, machine vison, motion control, and motor technology industries set records through the first nine months of 2017. 

Ricardo Defense Systems and LIFT in Detroit Partner to Retrofit Safety Upgrade for Michigan HMMWVs

Ricardo Defense Systems in Van Buren Township and Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow (LIFT), a Manufacturing USA institute in Detroit, today announced the successful completion of their pilot project to retrofit 10 Michigan National Guard vehicles with RDS’ optimized antilock braking system (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC) to reduce fatal rollovers in High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV).

Penske Automotive Expands Presence in the United Kingdom

Bloomfield Township-based Penske Automotive Group, an international transportation service provider and leading retailer of vehicles, today announced a signed agreement to acquire The Car People, a fixed-price used vehicle retailer in the United Kingdom.

Cadillac Introduces Morello Red Package for CTS V-Sport

Cadillac today announced the Morello Red Edition for the CTS V-Sport performance sedan, a detailed interior package that enhances the vehicle’s exterior and performance.

Little Caesars Pizza Continues Central, South American Expansion with Peru, Nicaragua Restaurants

After opening its first South American location in Chile in June 2016, Detroit-based Little Caesars Pizza today announced new restaurants in Nicaragua and Peru that will open in the coming days. A second Nicaraguan establishment is slated to open in Jan. 2018.

Burns and Wilcox in Farmington Hills Partners with Identity Theft Resource Center on Cyber Security

Farmington Hills-based wholesale insurance broker and underwriting manager Burns and Wilcox today announced a partnership with the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC). The partnership will provide retail brokers, agents, and partners of Burns and Wilcox with resources to help navigate a variety of cyber threats and breaches.

Federal Reserve Bank, JPMorgan Chase Economists to Headline Automation Alley’s Global Business Outlook

Automation Alley, a statewide technology and manufacturing business association, will host its annual Global Business Outlook event on Thursday, Jan. 11 at its Troy headquarters. The event will be keynoted by Paul Traub, senior business economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Detroit Branch, and John Caldwell, executive director of JPMorgan Chase.

Ouster Launches OS1 LIDAR, Completes $27M Series A Financing Round That Includes Fontinalis Partners in Detroit

San Francisco-based LIDAR technology developer Ouster today announced the emergence from stealth mode and the launch of a new OS1 model LIDAR. In addition, the company announced $27 million in Series A funding led by Cox Enterprises as well as Fontinalis Partners, a venture capital firm in Detroit whose principals include Bill Ford, Ralph Booth, Chris Thomas, Chris Cheever, and Mark Schulz.

Lear Corp. in Southfield to Acquire GPS Specialist EXO Technologies

Southfield-based automotive seating supplier Lear Corp. today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Israel-based EXO Technologies, a developer of GPS technology that provides high-accuracy solutions for autonomous and connected vehicle applications. EXO Technologies has operations in San Mateo, Calif. and Tel Aviv.

City of Detroit Seeks Redevelopment Proposals for Lee Plaza, Woodland Apartments

The City of Detroit and the Detroit Building Authority are currently seeking proposals to redevelop Lee Plaza and Woodland Apartments, two historic apartment complexes with a total of 250 mixed-income units. Developers are required to reserve more than 20 percent of the units in each building for individuals making less than $38,000 annually.
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Double Duty

Bonner C. Upshaw III was a professional on the hardwood; now he's in the corporate suite.

Touchdown

Former University of Michigan football trainer, Mike Barwis, uses his knowledge to help athletes prevent and overcome injuries

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Clawson's Deep Canvas is using virtual reality to create product prototypes.

Nurture And Renew

If Southwest Solutions, a multifaceted human services agency in Detroit, did nothing else but renovate affordable homes and sell them to lower-income residents, homeless people, or veterans, it would fail.

Tech Forward

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Honor And Legacy

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Tale of Two Cities

Rebuilding urban districts lining Michigan Avenue — Corktown in Detroit and the two downtown areas of Dearborn — follow a similar formula: Get land control, find strong developers, reduce red tape, and rebuild.

Pomp and Pageantry

The 2017 Concours d'Elegance celebrated custom coach builders in America and Europe.

Digital Divide

Consumers may prefer to have the latest technology in their new vehicles, but all the added hardware and software can be confusing out on the road.

Design Studio

Toll Brothers, a residential building outfit in metro Detroit, is using a 5,000- square-foot design studio to show off all of the different options they can build with.

Express Payment

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The Outside Media Opine on the Motor City

Let Syrians Settle Detroit

Source: The New York Times

Larry Page Looks Ahead

Source: Fortune

Detroit Homes Still Selling for $1

Source: The Daily Caller News Foundation

You Can Sell a Lot of Cars with a Tent

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

Obama Pushes False GM Success Story

Source: Investors Business Daily

Matty Moroun, Detroit's Border Baron

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

The Death and Life of Detroit

Source: The American Prospect

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