Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced this week that Michigan will have a mobility officer to coordinate all initiatives related to self driving and connected cars.

This will be an effort she said will ensure the state is the go to place for testing and producing vehicles of the future.

According to WILX, while speaking at the MICHAuto Summit in Detroit, Whitmer signed an executive directive to create the Michigan Office of Future Mobility and Electrification within the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity.

Whitmer said that business leaders told her administration it would be helpful to have one place of contact in state government for issues related to the mobility sector.

The governor also said while many states are competing to lead in mobility, Michigan is in a great position because it is home to the auto industry and has many engineers, top research universities and extensive connected infrastructure.

She signed the directive and order on the hood of a self driving vehicle that has technology developed by Pittsburgh based Argo Al.

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