Jim Saber, President & CEO
The past month has been full of activity and travel for our team to visit with clients and attend various events including Schneider Electric’s Powerlogic Summit, the National Shared Mobility Summit and the Detroit Policy Conference. One of the highlights for me was having the opportunity to serve as a judge for the 2019 GAMIC (Global Automotive and Mobility Innovation Challenge) semifinals competition on February 26 at Schoolcraft College in Livonia. In one day, we saw 22 talented innovators pitch their technology solutions. You can see the 12 finalists compete for the grand prize on April 9 during SAE WCX.
As the project manager for the PlanetM Pilot Grants we are excited to have three of the mobility pilots officially underway in Detroit (Roadbotics), Ann Arbor (Humanizing Autonomy), and Grand Rapids (Haas Alert). Pilots from the second round of applications will be announced soon, and applications for round three are due June 1.
As we move forward into a world of electrified mobility, we believe the vehicles will not just be powered by batteries. This has led us to do some in-depth research into the new opportunities for hydrogen fueled vehicles in a variety of applications. Hydrogen used as energy storage can also provide zero emissions electric power for our buildings and communities. Make sure to look for our upcoming blog and whitepaper from our director of smart mobility initiatives, Tim Slusser, that will highlight some of these new opportunities.