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Report: Ford’s First Self-delivery Vehicles to be Sold to Fleets That will Service Businesses and Consumers

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn today released a report, “A Matter of Trust: Ford’s Approach to Developing Self-driving Vehicles,” that reveals its autonomous vehicles won’t initially be sold to customers in the way that cars are today. The automaker plans to introduce its first self-driving vehicles in 2021.

Gov. Snyder Announces Universal Access to High-speed Internet Across Michigan

Gov. Rick Snyder, along with state technology and business leaders, today announced a plan to provide universal access to high-speed internet for every Michigan resident, business, region, and community. The new Michigan Broadband Roadmap sets the path for improving access and adoption of broadband throughout the state.

Michigan Recycling Businesses GLR Advanced Recycling and PADNOS Combine

Roseville-based GLR Advanced Recycling and Holland-based PADNOS today announced they have combined, with PADNOS acquiring a significant interest in GLR. The new partnership will include 24 locations throughout Michigan. Both companies will operate under their current names.

Royal Oak-based PIXO VR and Silicon Valley’s HP Partner on New Virtual Reality Training for Businesses

PIXO VR in Royal Oak and HP in Silicon Valley today announced they are joining forces to bring virtual reality training to enterprises around the world. PIXO VR is a virtual reality software designer that develops AAA-game quality VR training experiences.

Engineers at Ann Arbor’s U-M Develop Longer-lasting Batteries Using Ceramic

Engineers at Ann Arbor’s University of Michigan have developed a rechargeable battery that could double the output of today’s lithium ion cells, extending electric vehicle ranges and time between cell phone charges without taking up additional space, the school announced Wednesday.

In-dash Fuel Payment Now Available Through Texas-based Shell Oil Co. and Detroit’s GM

Texas-based Shell Oil Co. today announced that Shell-branded stations across the U.S. now accept Detroit-based General Motors Co.’s in-dash fuel payment and loyalty experience.

Detroit’s United Way for Southeastern Michigan to Move to Detroit’s Fisher Building

Detroit-based United Way for Southeastern Michigan today announced it plans to move its corporate office to the Fisher building in Detroit’s New Center.

West Bloomfield Township’s Planterra Conservatory to Expand

Planterra Conservancy in West Bloomfield Township today announced construction plans have been approved for an outdoor wedding space, building addition, and upgrades to the glass-enclosed conservatory near 14 Mile and Drake roads.

McDonald’s Investing $205M in Updates to Michigan Locations

McDonald’s Tuesday announced the company and its franchisees are investing about $205 million on the construction and modernization of some 400 McDonald’s restaurants in 2018 and 2019 in Michigan.

Southfield’s Brooks Kushman Partners With Detroit’s WSU Law School on Patent Procurement Clinic

Brooks Kushman, a Southfield-based intellectual property law firm, today announced a partnership with Detroit’s Wayne State University Law School to expand the impact of WSU’s Patent Procurement Clinic.

MSU Researchers Awarded $1.3M Grant to Enable Mammal Cells to Fight Disease Via Electromagnetic Fields

Engineering researchers from Michigan State University in East Lansing are working to create synthetic biological devices inside the cells of mammals that will enable treatment for chronic and uncured diseases. The work is supported by a $1.3 million grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke of the National Institutes of Health.

Ann Arbor’s Robotic Industries Association Partners With Massachusetts’ MassRobotics

Ann Arbor’s Robotic Industries Association (RIA), an industry trade organization, Tuesday announced it has formed a strategic partnership with MassRobotics, a nonprofit hub of robotics startups in Massachusetts.

Dearborn’s Ford Partners With China’s Alibaba to Offer Connected Technology for Chinese Cars

Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co.’s Autonomic today signed a memorandum of understanding with China’s Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group. Under the agreement, the automaker will bring the Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC), a transportation and mobility solution for connected vehicles developed by Autonomic, to China.

Exlterra in Hazel Park Launches Subsoil Nutrient Enrichment System to Enhance Tree and Vineyard Growth

Exlterra, a sustainable environmental technology company in Hazel Park, today launched NEPS — Nutrient Enrichment Passive System, a simple subsoil product that enhances the growth, vitality, and yield of trees and vineyards in a sustainable way.

LIFT in Detroit Helps Develop Shipbuilding Efficiency Process

Detroit’s Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow, or LIFT, Monday announced the creation of a new process that can save shipbuilders production costs, improve build time, and reduce distortion of lightweight materials.
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