Today, the auto industry and the transportation sector at large are undergoing a period of unprecedented change. Michigan's position as a global leader in mobility and vehicle electrification will be impacted by the level of collaboration within state government. Specifically, between the state departments in charge of industry, workforce, climate solutions, the grid, infrastructure, and passenger transport. That is why Governor Whitmer created the Michigan Office of Future Mobility and Electrification (OFME) to serve as a dedicated resource to create and support these collaborations.
In its first year, OFME has built dynamic public-private partnerships that support industry growth, as well as safer, more equitable and environmentally-sound transportation for all Michigan residents. OFME, through its operation of the Governor-appointed Council of Future Mobility and Electrification, has also designed responsive policy recommendations designed to ensure Michigan continues to lead the world in autonomous and electric vehicle regulatory environments. First-year wins include launching the Detroit-Ann Arbor self-driving vehicle corridor, launching the nation's first smart parking lab, and creating new grant programs to help cities alleviate local mobility and electrification barriers.