Each year, at the end of May, Michigan’s government, industry, and nonprofit leaders get together on Mackinac Island for a few days to discuss the day’s most pressing political issues. It’s a popular place to announce new policies and programs.
This year, Gov. Rick Snyder used the Mackinac gathering to unveil the Michigan Mobility Challenge
, a new $8 million grant initiative designed to address transportation gaps for seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities.
Trevor Pawl, who heads up the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s PlanetM program
, says mobility was one of the themes this year on Mackinac as state leaders continue to get a better understanding of the promise and pitfalls associated with developing self-driving technologies. Because of its ties to the automotive industry, Michigan is one of the national centers of mobility research and development.