Connected: Industry experts share ‘Smart Cities’ insight at WCC symposium

“Seek creative collusions of opportunity.” That was the advice Ford Motor Company’s Vice President of Research and Chief Technology Officer Ken Washington gave attendees at the Smart Cities symposium at Washtenaw Community College on April 6.

The day-long event focused on how new technology such as autonomous vehicles, smart grids and increasing amounts of data and computing power are changing cities for the better.

Washington joined presenters from the Michigan Department of Transportation, DTE Energy, Ann Arbor SPARK, the University of Michigan and others at the event. A common theme among the speakers was the need for greater cooperation between industry, government and education.

“Our goal at Ford is to imagine and design a future that works with cities and governments to develop technologies and to create living and dynamic ecosystems,” said Washington. “And the vehicles in those communities will be equally intelligent.”


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