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Michigan's partnership network for mobility

PlanetM’s industry connections in Michigan’s collective mobility efforts includes unique partnerships with communities, private and public firms, and technical colleges to advance the new transportation technology marketplace.

Private Industry


AECOM supports public and private sector partners in the evolution of mobility enhancing systems such as connected vehicles, smarter cities and intelligent transportation systems (ITS). 

The American Center for Mobility

The American Center for Mobility (ACM) is a non-profit testing, education, and product development facility and proving ground for future mobility. It is designed to enable safe validation of connected and automated vehicle technology and accelerate the development of voluntary standards.

Ann Arbor SPARK

Ann Arbor SPARK is Ann Arbor’s engine for economic development and is dedicated to the economic prosperity of the greater Ann Arbor region. We use our skills and knowledge to attract, develop, strengthen, and invest in driving industries to help our region thrive.

Bernie Wagenblast Communications, LLC

Bernie Wagenblast Communications, LLC is the editor of several transportation-related e-newsletters, including the ITS Michigan Newsletter, the AASHTO Daily Transportation Update and the Transportation Communications Newsletter. Bernie is also the host of Transportation Radio. Its goal is to provide transportation-related news through podcast-length interviews.

Detroit Windsor Tunnel (DWT)

The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel (DWT) is an industry leader in mobile and Bluetooth technology innovations. The Detroit Windsor Tunnel is devoted to developing new technologies that will impact the flow and management of tolling and related industries

HATCHI Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI)

Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI) has been involved in vehicle-to-anything (V2X) projects with Crash Avoidance Metrics Partnership (CAMP) for more than five years. HATCI is one of the CAMP Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2I) Consortium members working on the V2I Safety Applications project to develop RSZW, CSW, and RLVW applications.

HNTB Corporation

HNTB is a leading provider of autonomous and connected vehicle program technical support services to clients throughout the United States. HNTB has a vested interest in Michigan communities and in autonomous and connected vehicle efforts that will improve quality of life, spur economic development and position Michigan for a strong future.

Lear ConnexUs Lear Corporation

Lear Corporation offers the industry's most advanced V2X technology with over 50,000 products in the field, supporting more than 15 deployments around the world, including deployments throughout Michigan. In addition to connectivity, Lear's Electrical business segment also provides a portfolio of electrical and electronics components, including architecture solutions, electronic modules, wire harnesses and more. 

Mobile Comply

Mobile Comply is the leading provider of education and certification programs for connected transportation systems, autonomous vehicles and automotive cybersecurity. 


NAVYA, created in 2014, is a French company and leading name in the development of innovative, smart, and sustainable mobility solutions. NAVYA develops driverless, automated electric vehicles that are dedicated to first and last mile and independent of all infrastructure.


NextEnergy works with innovators to accelerate smarter, cleaner, more accessible solutions for communities and cities. To address the challenges of tomorrow, NextEnergy works with a variety of industry partners to commercialize innovative new technologies, helping them to transform ideas into solutions that will create a better quality of life for all. Based in the center of Detroit’s growing innovation district, NextEnergy demonstrates and pilots technologies in real-world environments to gather data and diverse user-experiences. This process helps to quickly scale and deploy solutions by accelerating commercialization in Smart Mobility and Smart Buildings.

Powerlink Systems

Powerlink Systems is leading the Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) industry's shift to an open marketplace by providing the products, services, and information consumers need to confidently participate in the automotive industry's transition to electric vehicles. Powerlink Systems is proud to partner with MDOT, MEDC, and PlanetM.

Pratt & Miller Engineering

As a leader in Motor Sports, Defense, Automotive, and Power Sports, Pratt & Miller Engineering is a proud example of the power of PlanetM. With proven and winning solutions in performance, connected vehicles, mobility solutions, and survivability, Pratt & Miller is partnering with PlanetM to ensure our constant growth is sustained with recruiting world-class talent. Pratt & Miller also benefits from PlanetM’s leadership and connections to the extensive Intelligent Transportation initiatives in Michigan, University research partners, and industry hosted events.

Quanergy Systems

Quanergy Systems is the leading provider of LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) smart sensing solutions for real-time capture and processing of 3D spatial data and object detection, tracking and classification. Quanergy sensors, based on solid state technology, are disruptive in their cost, performance, reliability, size, weight, and power consumption. 


Savari is making the world's roadways smarter and safer. By deploying advanced wireless sensor technologies and software for V2X environments, Savari continues to support a growing portfolio of intelligent transportation services. 

Spicer Group

Spicer Group is a national leader in the collection of LiDAR data for the preparation of precise maps of our nation’s highway infrastructure. LiDAR data is the defacto standard for collecting large amounts of accurate geospatial data to produce maps to support connected vehicle technology. 

Surveying Solutions, Inc.

Surveying Solutions, Inc. was one of the few pioneering firms in the United States to embrace Mobile LiDAR and the very first in the State of Michigan and has been associated with Intelligent Transportation System (ITS). SSI has also been involved with various MDOT committees to help determine best practices for survey and construction related activities. 


WSP has provided engineering services in support of some of the nation's largest new mobility initiatives in Michigan, including the Safety Pilot Model Deployment, Mcity test facility, 2014 ITS World Congress in Detroit, and MDOT's Smart Corridor initiatives. They are partnered with government, academic and private sector entities to help develop Michigan's mobility revolution.


Detroit Economic Growth Corporation

Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) is a non-profit organization that serves as the lead implementing agency for business retention, attraction and economic development initiatives in Detroit. DEGC is led by a board comprised of business, civic, labor and community leaders. Its staff provides services for key public authorities that offer tax credits and other forms of financing for projects that bring new jobs or economic activity to the city. DEGC also manages important initiatives to support small businesses, such as Motor City Match and Motor City Re-Store, and offers programs for existing businesses to enter the global market, like Built in Detroit.

Macomb County

Macomb County is the third most-populous County in Michigan and the center of auto-related business activity—with manufacturing and design facilities for the Big Three auto manufacturers (GM, Ford, Chrysler) that call Macomb County home. Constructed and opened in 2013, Macomb County's Communication and Technology Center (COMTEC) houses four mission-critical County Departments: Information Technology, the Office of Emergency Management, the Department of Roads Traffic Operations Center (TOC), and Sheriff Dispatch. 


MICHauto is a key economic development initiative of the Detroit Regional Chamber, dedicated to promoting, retaining and growing the automotive industry in Michigan. The program serves as the unified voice of Michigan’s automotive industry, providing a platform for various automotive stakeholders to collaborate on matters related to advocacy, awareness, business attraction, and talent attraction and retention.

Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is responsible for Michigan's 9,669-mile state highway system, comprised of all M, I, and US routes. MDOT has set a vision for Michigan’s smart corridor, a connected vehicle environment encompassing a large segment of southeast Michigan, centered along the freeway and surrounding arterial network in the metropolitan Detroit area.

Michigan Unmanned Aerial Systems Consortium (MUASC)

Michigan is home to the Unmanned Aerial Systems Consortium (MUASC), supporting the development of Unmanned Aerial Systems through coordinated services, access to unique airspace and diverse geography.  Experience the same prioritized FAA approval processes as the seven FAA UAS Test Sites when flying in Michigan. MUASC will coordinate the access you need to test your platform faster and more effectively in Michigan.

The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC)

The RCOC maintains Michigan's largest county road system and is one of the few local road agencies in the nation that has been involved in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) since the field's inception. RCOC has long been a leader in adaptive traffic-signal technologies and was the first local agency in the nation to deploy such technology on an arterial road system.



The U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) located in Warren, Michigan, is the Army's leading developer of ground vehicle technology. TARDEC's mission is to develop, integrate and sustain the right technology solutions for all manned and unmanned Department of Defense (DoD) ground systems and combat support systems to improve Current Force effectiveness and provide superior capabilities for the Future Force.


The Center for Automotive Research (CAR)

The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) produces industry-driven research and analyses; develops forecasts; fosters dialogue and convenes forums; and publicly disseminates our research through conferences, events, and the media. As an independent, non-profit, research organization with a multi-disciplinary approach, CAR engages with leaders in the global automotive industry to support technology advancements and improve the competitiveness of the U.S. automotive industry.

Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce

The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce is committed to supporting automotive and transportation technology advancements in the city of Flint, Genesee County and across Michigan. Recent investment announcements include the expansion of Laird Technologies’ vehicle connectivity research and design center in Grand Blanc and construction of a new automotive proving ground at Kettering University in Flint.

Michigan Israel Business Accelerator

Michigan Israel Business Accelerator (MIBA) is a non-profit, membership organization whose mission is to promote business and investment opportunities between Michigan and Israel. The MIBA is the resource for economic development between Michigan and Israel. 

Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM)

The Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) is a non-profit trade association for Michigan's mobile/wireless (connected) technologies industry, businesses that provide these technologies, and the businesses—in all industries—that use these technologies.

Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)

Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Vehicle Electronics Program consists of a group of industry leaders from aftermarket, supplier, technology companies, and organizations. The charter is to lead the development of a collaborative program focused on emerging business and product development opportunities, as well as functional and regulatory compliance challenges and solutions for aftermarket integration of automotive and consumer electronics, active safety, advanced driver assist systems, connected and autonomous vehicles. 

Research & Academia

Kettering University

Kettering University's College of Engineering, with the support of the GM Foundation and other donors, is currently building an automotive test facility (GMFARA) that will be appropriate for small-scale vehicle dynamics and automated vehicle development. Kettering has many faculty members in mechanical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and computer science that conduct automotive related research.

Keweenaw Research Center

The Keweenaw Research Center is a multidisciplinary research center of Michigan Technological University located adjacent to the Houghton County Memorial Airport in Calumet, Michigan. KRC is well known for its attention to detail in maintaining winter surfaces for vehicle mobility studies with driver assist technologies such as anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control, adaptive cruise control, and automatic steering/skid control. 

University of Michigan

The University of Michigan is building on more than a century of leadership in automotive research and education to help change the world by transforming transportation. Among key U-M mobility initiatives is Mcity, a public-private partnership that is home to world-renowned researchers, a one-of-a-kind urban test facility, and on-road connected and automated vehicle deployments. Micty brings together industry, government, and academia to improve transportation safety, sustainability, and accessibility for the benefit of society. Other U-M units doing important work in mobility include the U-M Transportation Research Institute and the College of Engineering, as well as faculty and researchers in public policy, law, business, social sciences and urban planning.

Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI)

The Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI), a consortium within Michigan Technological University, is a multi-disciplinary organization conducting a wide range of applied research, outreach, and education activities in the transportation field. MTTI's mission is to provide the operating structure, resources, recognition, and leadership, in a collaborative environment that leads to sustainable solutions for transportation partners with MDOT's vision of a connected vehicle environment.

Square One Education Network

The Square One Education Network's mission is to identify, fund and enable STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) projects for K-12 teachers and students. Square One is developing a V2X (Vehicle to Everything) connected vehicle technology program that is highly relevant, highly visible, resource rich, project-based and affordable/scalable for teachers in grades 9-12. 

Washtenaw Community College - Advanced Transportation Center

The Advanced Transportation Center (ATC) at Washtenaw Community College (WCC) is focused on preparing the existing and future workforce for the emerging needs of the advanced transportation industry, by providing workforce training, education, and transfer opportunities. WCC is committed to helping cultivate a steady pipeline of talented, qualified and highly skilled workers to meet the demands of our increasingly connected and mobile world. 

Wayne State University

Prof. Hongwei Zhang leads the Dependable Networking and Computing Research Group at Wayne State University. Their work focuses on trustworthy wireless networking and continuous technology evolution for connected and automated vehicles, and they look forward to working with PlanetM to establish the technology foundation for connected and automated vehicles.