Blog: Why Leaders in Autonomous Revolution Need a Presence in Detroit

As the pinnacle topic of Detroit’s comeback continues, the words that surround Detroit are now a truer reflection of the city’s current state — among them: “undeniable energy,” “growth,” “transformation,” and “opportunity.”
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Kobi Marenko
Kobi Marenko // Photo courtesy of Arbe

As the pinnacle topic of Detroit’s comeback continues, the words that surround Detroit are now a truer reflection of the city’s current state — among them: “undeniable energy,” “growth,” “transformation,” and “opportunity.”

Over the past few years, people working and living in Detroit have witnessed the drastic changes in infrastructure surrounding them. The Detroit that once was a manufacturing hub is now a world where automation and technology reign supreme, and startup leaders are flocking to Detroit, creating innovative and endless opportunities in the city.

Some radar and autonomous vehicle technology companies are also recognizing the benefits of the Detroit area, but many opportunities are often only realized when companies actually come to visit or establish a presence here. With access to the Big Three and countless automotive supplier companies, Arbe sees Detroit as a great prospect for research, development, engineering, and customer service.

In addition, Detroit offers an immense amount of resources for startups, with lower initial startup costs compared to Silicon Valley, New York, or Boston, and an abundance of incubators, accelerators, and entrepreneurial hubs looking to support new startups.

By using the advantages the city provides, Arbe is making impactful connections through local conferences, meetings, and events, and even has office space at the PlanetM Landing Zone, created for autonomous, connected, electric, or shared transportation technologies offering space to work and synergize with key people working on similar projects. The PlanetM operations are located at WeWork’s Merchant’s Row facility at 1449 Woodward.

Arbe, a leader in the autonomous vehicle sensor revolution, created the first ever radar sensor system that provides real-time 4-D mapping in high resolution. Overcoming resolution limitations, Arbe developed a radar with ultra-high-resolution functionalities to sense the environment in four dimensions: distance, horizontal and vertical positioning, and velocity.

This feature repositions radar from a supportive role, to the backbone of the sensor suite in autonomous vehicles. Headquartered in booming the tech hub of Tel Aviv, Arbe recognizes the unique aspects, opportunities, and advantages that Detroit has, especially in the automotive and mobility space.

Detroit is eager to see innovation and is a great environment for startups to thrive. For Arbe, there is no better time to join in on the revolution and tap into the endless opportunities the city provides.

Kobi Marenko is co-founder and CEO of Arbe, which offers ultra-high-resolution 4-D imaging radar, artificial intelligence processing, localization, and mapping. The company’s goal is to offer a new type of radar sensor that jumpstarts the transition to a fully autonomous vehicle landscape.

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