Mobility summit brings motoring minds together

HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) - Michigan Technological University brought research teams together on Thursday to discuss mobility in the 21st century.

More than 80 students, faculty and field professionals were part of the mobility summit talking about their own research associated with mobility, self-driving cars, drones and other autonomous vehicles that make roads and communications more complex.

The placement of the summit in Michigan was no coincidence. The state is a key area for exploring challenges of autonomous systems in commercial and military applications.

“Michigan is a jewel within this country. It has a vast amount of facilities, research and talent focus on autonomous vehicles. And it's important that we, as a state and some of the universities, start to promote that and collaborate and this will be the next gold rush,” said Paul Rogers, Director of the U.S. Army TARDEC program. “People will come to Michigan to field autonomous systems.”

Rogers hopes to keep the strong relationship between Michigan Tech and the U.S. Army to continue mobility progress in the future.

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