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Planet M | Mobility Report February 2019

Michigan Business Network
March 5, 2019 3:00 PM

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American Center for Mobility welcomes Michael Noblett as President and CEO

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The American Center for Mobility (ACM) welcomes Michael Noblett as president and CEO, effective February 25. Noblett will lead acceleration of the Center’s growth strategy and development, spearhead program innovation and economic development initiatives and oversee the strategic direction of the award-wining proving grounds.

Internationally recognized as an expert in automotive electronics and wireless communications, Noblett joins the ACM team from Intel, where he served as the global segment lead of automotive industry sales. Noblett replaces interim CEO Kirk Steudle, who was appointed by the board of directors in mid-2018.

ACM’s executive leadership team moving forward includes Mark Chaput, who was recently promoted from vice president of operations and construction to chief operating officer and will lead day-to-day operational tasks, and Jeff Rupp, who joined the team in May 2018, serving as chief technical officer and chief safety officer.

University of Michigan Launches Digital Institute

As self-driving cars are tested and implemented in the real world, the digital landscape is becoming a larger focus in the industry. With the potential of data breaches and hacks, the University of Michigan launched a new program, the Digital Studies Institute, to study the complex digital world.

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The program is comprised of two dozen faculty members, offering undergraduate and graduate programs on digital art, media, gender, breaches and more. It will be a crucial program to the training of technology professionals in the autonomous vehicle realm.


Michigan House at SXSW

Join PlanetM and mobility partners throughout the state March 8-12 at Michigan House, the Great Lake State’s experiential embassy to SXSW, fostering collaboration between government, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and more at the annual conference where the world comes together to see what’s next.

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Photo: michiganhouse.org

Mobility Day at Michigan House will take place on Saturday, March 9 with a full lineup of panel discussions addressing key industry topics and initiatives including: Global Mobility Partnerships & Making the Future, Third Coast: Funding Ecosystem in Michigan, Detroit: Adoption of First Self-Driving Shuttle, and Public/Private Collaborations and the Future of Mobility.

Providing partners and communities with unparalleled access to SXSW’s audience of leaders and early adopters in an authentically “Made in Michigan” environment, Michigan House provides avenues to help establish key relationships and further expose Michigan’s growing mobility ecosystem.


Mobility Meetup at PlanetM Landing Zone

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Hosted at the PlanetM Landing Zone on February 13, Jessica Robinson, co-founder of Detroit Mobility Lab and executive director of the Michigan Mobility Institute, discussed her vision for the Michigan Mobility Institute, current mobility trends and the needs they pose on training, talent and hiring.


Robinson spoke of mobility as the most significant disruption this industry has ever seen, with the commercialization of autonomous vehicles, the increase in connectivity and the rise in electrification. This next-generation of mobility requires an entirely new set of skills, including expertise in software, artificial intelligence, data, robotics and cybersecurity. With demand outweighing supply of this new mobility talent, Robinson addressed the need to accelerate the base of people who are receiving these new skills – one of the main goals of Michigan Mobility Institute.

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