Center for Automotive Research http://michiganradio.org en 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 Study: New Detroit-Windsor bridge will boost Michigan economy by $2.2 billion http://michiganradio.org/post/study-new-detroit-windsor-bridge-will-boost-michigan-economy-22-billion <p>A new bridge crossing connecting Detroit and Windsor, Ontario <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120614/NEWS01/120614014/Study-New-bridge-Canada-would-inject-billions-into-economy-create-jobs">will create more than 8,000 permanent jobs, according to a new study</a>.</p><p>The study comes from the Ann Arbor-based Center for Automotive Research, an industry-sponsored group.</p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 21:47:49 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 7900 at http://michiganradio.org Study: New Detroit-Windsor bridge will boost Michigan economy by $2.2 billion Detroit 3 ready to hire - but not at previous level http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-3-ready-hire-not-previous-level <p>The Detroit Three are poised to create new auto jobs for the first time in years.&nbsp; But an expert at the Center for Automotive Research warns that auto manufacturing jobs will never recover to their former levels.&nbsp;</p><p>Ford, GM, and Chrysler closed a lot of plants over the past ten years, so many of the remaining plants are working at full capacity as new car sales improve.&nbsp;</p><p>Sean McAlinden is an economist with the Center for Automotive Research .</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Almost the last layoff at GM and Ford have been recalled,&quot; says McAlinden, &quot;so any additional production through the summer requires new hiring.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>McAlinden says the Detroit Three will likely hire 35,000 people in the next five years.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>But that&rsquo;s only about a third of the people who lost jobs with the companies in the past few years.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>McAlinden says auto jobs will plateau after 2015, which is why Michigan still needs to diversify its economy. Tue, 12 Apr 2011 22:06:19 +0000 Tracy Samilton 2051 at http://michiganradio.org