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UK and Michigan collaborate on mobility

Michigan’s Governor Snyder has also met companies and trade delegations at the Hannover Messe this week to discuss automotive advancements

Autonomous vehicles and mobility services are moving rapidly "each day" said Governor Snyder
Autonomous vehicles and mobility services are moving rapidly "each day" said Governor Snyder

Government officials from the state of Michigan and the United Kingdom have agreed to work together on issues relating to self-driving mobility, rules, transport safety and technology.


To this end, Michigan governor Rick Snyder and minister Richard Harrington of the UK government have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), pledging greater collaboration to strengthen the “production of advancements in automotive technology and mobility”.


“This agreement creates a great partnership for Michigan and the UK to work closely together in the development and deployment of intelligent vehicle transportation,” said Snyder. “We have a long tradition of cooperation in the automotive sector and we will continue to make great strides through formal relationships such as the one we established today by signing this MoU.”


He added: “The technology that is enabling connected and autonomous vehicles and new mobility services is moving rapidly each day and it is essential we collaborate to harmonise global policy, regulations and standards to make transportation safe and more accessible for all.”


Snyder and Harrington, who serves as undersecretary of state for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, were joined for the signing by several representatives of the field of mobility from the British government, as well as the private sector whom Snyder had met with in the UK including Meridian Mobility and Catapult.


Kevin Kerrigan and Susan Proctor of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) automotive office were also present for the signing, as well as Jeff Mason, director of the MEDC.


Snyder and the rest of the delegation also met with more than 20 companies and other trade delegations at the Hannover Messe trade fair, the largest trade show in the world.


Those discussions revolved around automotive advancements, the supply chain in Michigan and the talent and certifications required by companies which are continuing to hire in skilled trades jobs.


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