PlanetM. The epicenter for mobility.
Eliminating nearly all vehicle accidents. Creating fewer yet more sophisticated vehicles and roadways. Improving air quality and reducing fossil fuel consumption. Issues surrounding transportation and mobility are on minds around the world. But only in Michigan have they come together to form PlanetM. At the epicenter of mobility, PlanetM not only brings big ideas to the table, it also brings them to life.
TECHNOLOGY FOR THE WORLD.
It is estimated that by 2035, there will be approximately 21 million autonomous vehicle sales globally. Located in the heart of the automotive industry, Rochester Hills-based engineering company Dataspeed, Inc., is helping to drive such innovation by creating an autonomous vehicle hardware and software “kit” that is being used as a testing platform in Michigan and around the world.
THE MINDS TO MAKE TOMORROW.
Michigan is the center of the greatest concentration of auto-related engineering talent in the world and employs nearly 5,000 industrial designers, more than any other state in the nation. Through its 15 public universities, more than 60 independent universities and 28 community colleges, the state is positioned to deliver minds that will drive mobility well into the future.
PARTNERSHIPS THAT DRIVE ADVANCES.
With help from technology accelerators around the state that support start-ups and entrepreneurs, Michigan has seen a 45% increase in the number of venture capital-backed companies over the last 5 years. And since Michigan has the highest research spending-to-venture capital investment ratio in the country, PlanetM is the ideal place to pursue ideas in mobility.