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Michigan is moving forward in its drive to play a leading role in the development of autonomous vehicle testing. American Center for Mobility administrators and elected officials held a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday in Ypsilanti Township, Mich., to start work on an $80 million national testing lab for autonomous vehicle technologies. It came two weeks after […]

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After its two-year-long bid to gain a sales foothold in Michigan hit a brick wall, Tesla has filed a lawsuit against the state. The suit, filed in a U.S. District Court in Michigan, targets governor Rick Snyder and other top officials, Reuters reports. Unlike other automakers, Tesla uses a direct sales model to get its […]

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Michigan officials are standing firm in denying Tesla Motors’s application for a state automobile dealer license. “The license was denied because state law explicitly requires a dealer to have a bona fide contract with an auto manufacturer to sell its vehicles,” said Gisgie Gendreau, spokeswoman for Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, in a statement. Since […]

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The global hustle and bustle by automakers, tech firms and ride hailing companies to develop a breakthrough autonomous car is well known. Behind the scenes, however, another battle has emerged — the location of autonomous car testing facilities. In the U.S., the fiercest competition is between California and Michigan, each wanting not just the money […]

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A convoy of four U.S. Army trucks was seen recently rumbling down a 21-mile section of I-69 about 40 miles east of Flint, Mich. It’s not an uncommon sight given that the Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) is close by in Warren. What made this convoy different from others is the […]

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Google is setting up shop in Michigan, near the Detroit Big Three. The tech giant has been working on self-driving cars and will open a self-driving technology department in Novi, Michigan. Google said that it has spent the past few years working from the Greater Detroit area and many of its current partners are based […]

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Since 2014 Tesla has been banned from selling under its factory direct model in Michigan, and applications for dealer licensing in state could reportedly be just to test the state’s new rules, not so much with intent to open up a dealership to sell its products. This news comes via Autoblog which along with The […]

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Tesla Motors is still hopeful that common ground can be found with lawmakers in Michigan in order to resume business there, and has a new proposal for state legislators. Ever since Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill last October, unequivocally blocking factory-direct vehicle sales, representatives with Tesla have been working on a solution. “We’ve got […]

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This week, the University of Michigan opened a 32-acre miniature city with intersections, streetlights and construction zones to offer a real world environment for testing autonomous technology. University officials said Mcity, the name of the test course, is “the world’s first controlled environment specifically designed to test the potential of connected and automated vehicle technologies […]

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On Monday, three senior Federal Trade Commission staffers sent an 11-page letter to Michigan State Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, urging an end to its effective ban against automakers – like Tesla – from selling factory direct. The FTC staff members representing a unanimous viewpoint voted 5-0 by the commission said current legislation equates to “protectionism” for […]

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