automobiles http://michiganradio.org en Driverless cars could arrive in Ann Arbor in 2021 http://michiganradio.org/post/driverless-cars-could-arrive-ann-arbor-2021 <p>Imagine driving through Ann Arbor, glancing over at the car next to you only to realize that the driver does not have his or her hands on the steering wheel, yet the car is moving along in traffic just fine.</p><p>That could happen in just a few short years.</p><p>The University of Michigan has announced plans to bring a fleet of networked, driverless cars to Ann Arbor by 2021.</p><p>Here to talk about what that would look like in the streets of Ann Arbor and what that might mean to drivers everywhere is the director of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. Peter Sweatman joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 22:03:33 +0000 Stateside Staff 15224 at http://michiganradio.org Driverless cars could arrive in Ann Arbor in 2021 Michigan has a new car czar http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-has-new-car-czar <div><p>Governor Rick Snyder has tapped a veteran auto industry executive to become the state’s automotive adviser. Gov.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Snyder announced the appointment of Nigel Francis and the creation of the Automotive Industry Office earlier this week.</span></p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The new position and new office will be housed within the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Francis has almost 30 years of executive experience in the auto sector both in Europe and the U.S. -- most recently working for Tata Technologies in Novi and Troy.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nigel Francis joined us today.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to the interview above.</span></em></div><div><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 21:01:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 14295 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan has a new car czar Stateside for Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-july-31st-2013 <p>The FBI has just completed a nationwide sweep resulting in the arrest of 150 pimps and the rescue of 105 children who had been forced into prostitution. We took a closer look at human trafficking in our state.</p><p>And, we spoke with Leigh Ann Ulrey, one of 30 college graduates to be selected for the Challenge Detroit program.</p><p>And, a new House bill could eliminate state income tax. State Representative Bob Genetski joined us to talk about why he thinks income tax is unnecessary.</p><p>Also, self-driving cars could be available to consumers within the next 2-3 years, according to Google. We found out what the future of transportation might look like.</p><p>First on the show, there was an important handshake this afternoon in Lansing.</p><p>UAW President Bob King shook hands with state government officials to officially launch the start of contract talks.</p><p>UAW Local 6000's contract with the state expires at the end of 2014.&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">But the state needs to finalize the next contract by the end of this year in order to get it funded in next year's budget. Local 6000 represents 17,000 state employees.</span></p><p>Let's look at what the big issues might be in the negotiations.</p><p>Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio Network's Lansing bureau chief, joined us today.</p><p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:16:27 +0000 Stateside Staff 13780 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 The self-driving car is no longer a thing of fiction http://michiganradio.org/post/self-driving-car-no-longer-thing-fiction <p>Are you ready to let your car do the driving?</p><p>Once we thought of the self-driving car as something from science fiction. But technological breakthroughs have been coming at ever-increasing speeds.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Google expects its driverless car will be ready for consumers in the next 3-5 years. GM thinks intelligent vehicles will be on the roads by 2020. Ford predicts 2025.</span></p><p>And researchers at the University of Michigan are making sure the Great Lakes State is front-and-center in developing and testing the connected vehicle technology that is essential to the self-driving car.</p><p>The director of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, Dr. Peter Sweatman, and&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Richard Wallace,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the director of Transportation Systems Analysis for the Center for Automotive Research, joined us today to talk about the future of transportation.</span></p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:11:15 +0000 Stateside Staff 13774 at http://michiganradio.org The self-driving car is no longer a thing of fiction Body that manages state’s catastrophic claims fund fighting against court ruling http://michiganradio.org/post/body-manages-state-s-catastrophic-claims-fund-fighting-against-court-ruling <p>Lawmakers are getting ready to consider changes to the state’s no-fault auto insurance law.</p><p>At the same time a court battle over a fund that reimburses auto insurance companies for large claims continues.</p><p>When you file a personal injury claim in Michigan of more than a half-million dollars, your auto insurance company gets reimbursed by a state-created fund. It’s basically an insurance policy for insurers.</p><p>The fund that pays those reimbursements is facing a lawsuit that says it should provide more information about how it comes up with an annual fee that ultimately gets passed on to drivers. It’s appealing a circuit court decision saying that information is subject to public information requests.</p><p>Pete Kuhnmuench is with the Insurance Institute of Michigan, which supports the appeal.</p><p>“Literally 90 percent of what was required to be disclosed under the judge’s recent ruling is already out there for public consumption,” Kuhnmuench said.</p><p>Plaintiffs in the case say lawmakers need a complete picture as they weigh proposals to change the state’s no-fault law. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 17:26:25 +0000 Jake Neher 10900 at http://michiganradio.org Body that manages state’s catastrophic claims fund fighting against court ruling Chrysler shutters car museum http://michiganradio.org/post/chrysler-shutters-car-museum <p>Chrysler announced last week that it would be closing The Walter P. Chrysler Museum located at its Auburn Hills headquarters.</p><p>The museum, which opened in 1999, will merge with the Chrysler Foundation by the end of the year.</p><p>Chrysler Group LLC will purchase the 67 historic vehicles housed in the museum, the oldest being a 1902 Rambler Runabout Roadster.</p><p>The collection of classic cars will be be closed off to the public except for special events and exhibitions.</p><p>From <a href="http://wpchryslermuseum.org/page.aspx?pid=405">the press release</a>:</p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 18:14:29 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10177 at http://michiganradio.org Chrysler shutters car museum Fiat/Chrysler CEO predicts "$100 billion" revenues by 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/fiatchrysler-ceo-predicts-100-billion-revenues-2014 <p><a href="http://www.fiat.com/cgi-bin/pbrand.dll/FIAT_COM/home.jsp">Fiat</a>/<a href="http://www.chrysler.com/en/">Chrysler</a> CEO <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergio_Marchionne">Sergio Marchionne</a> talked about an improving revenue&nbsp;picture ahead of a Fiat stockholders meeting today in Turin, Italy. He also says Fiat may soon increase its stake in Chrysler from 25% to 35% this year.&nbsp;&nbsp; Fiat took over management of Chrysler 21 months ago, as the Detroit automaker emerged from bankruptcy protection.</p><p><a href="http://www.agi.it/english-version/business/elenco-notizie/201103301241-eco-ren1038-fiat_marchionne_2011_targets_confirmed">Agenzia Giornalistica Italia</a> reports&nbsp;that Marchionne&nbsp;told investors &nbsp;that he is confident Fiat&#39;s 2011 goals will be met:</p><blockquote><p>He explained, moreover, that in 2011, profits will amount to 37 billion(with the possibility of reaching more than 100 billion after 2014, due to the Chrysler integration effect), whereas the management outcome will range from 0.9 and 1.2 billion. Dividends policy will be confirmed (25% of net profits will go into dividends).</p></blockquote><p>The <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20110330-705724.html">Wall Street Journal&nbsp;</a>quotes Marchionne&nbsp;as saying Fiat will increase this year its share of the European auto marker, where it saw a decline in 2010.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&quot;We expect a general improvement in trading conditions, with the exception of the passenger-car market in Europe, which will be negatively influenced by declines forecast for Italy and France...Nevertheless, we project that our market share will increase as a result of new model releases programmed for the second half&quot;. Wed, 30 Mar 2011 12:56:36 +0000 Steve Carmody 1842 at http://michiganradio.org Fiat/Chrysler CEO predicts "$100 billion" revenues by 2014