Michigan angling to become a center for the future of automobiles

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FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2020, file photo, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivers her State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate, at the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich. Whitmer announced Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, that Michigan will have a mobility officer to coordinate all initiatives related to self-driving and connected cars, an effort she said will ensure the state is the go-to place for testing and producing vehicles of the future. (AP Photo/Al Goldis, File)

By Executive Order, Michigan’s governor has created a new state office that will focus on making Michigan a hub for the future of automotive innovation.

Governor Whitmer signed the order Tuesday that creates the Michigan Office of Future Mobility. It was signed on the hood of an autonomous Ford vehicle at a summit with auto industry leaders in Detroit.

Whitmer also signed a second executive order establishing a Michigan Council on Future Mobility and Electrification.

The Office of Future Mobility and its Chief Mobility Officer would operate within the state’s Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity.

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