With its size, investment and demographics, Oakland County is one of Michigan’s most powerful municipal entities. As such, Executive L. Brooks Patterson continuously looks for ways to stay ahead of trends in business and the economy. So when Oakland County officials saw the potential in connected and autonomous vehicles, they began work in 2014 on developing a task force that would focus on this technology, its potential and how to harness it.
The result is the Oakland County Connected Vehicle Task Force, a group comprised of industry leaders in technology, automotive, training and certification, infrastructure planning as well as government and policy expertise. It is working with the Michigan Department of Transportation, the state’s automotive manufacturers and suppliers as well as those in the research and development of connected and autonomous vehicles to boost local investment, establish potential public and private funding and built connections between all parts of the technology revolution.
The Oakland County Connected Vehicle Task Force actively seeks additional members, offers presentations for interested organizations and serves as a template for inter-governmental cooperation. Its goal continued to be establishing Oakland County as a leader in the research and development of technologies related to connected vehicle technology and infrastructure. Its public-private partnerships are a well-developed touchpoint for similar groups in other like-minded municipalities around the United States.