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Mobility Week to show off Detroit innovation

October 7, 2018
Crain’s Detroit
By: Dustin Walsh

Detroit’s vision of trading in its moniker of the Motor City for the Mobility City is buoyed by several coordinated events through this week.

Mobility Week Detroit was set to kick off Sunday at Motor City Casino with the 8th World Research Congress on vision and driving, focusing on the impact of autonomous vehicles on health care and wellness. The event, which runs through Wednesday and is sponsored by Henry Ford Health System, will examine how physicians and scientists can aid in automotive design, how mobility influences medicine and more.

The week continues on Monday with a panel at the Detroit Regional Chamber on the rise of mobility as a service, featuring Elliot Darvick, general manager of the Michigan and Ohio market for Lyft; Mark de la Vergne, chief of mobility innovation for the city of Detroit; and Lisa Nuszkowski, founder and executive director of Detroit’s bike share MoGo.

The four-day CSforAll Summit, a national computer science education symposium, kicks off Monday at Wayne State University. Tuesday at the Detroit Film Theater will be Techstars Mobiliy Accelerator Demo Day, which is the largest single-day startup event in the state.

The 2018 MichAuto Summit, held Wednesday at The Beacon event space at One Woodward Avenue, is a daylong program featuring speakers from Ford Motor Co., Lyft, Inteva Products, Toyota North America and more.

The highlight of the week will be the two-day Detroit Moves Festival held in Spirit Plaza Oct. 10-11.

The free event, presented by the Quicken Loans Community Fund, will feature demonstrations by General Motors Co.’s Maven, Ford’s Chariot, May Mobility, MoGo, Airspace Experience Technologies and America’s Automotive Trust, and more.

“This isn’t just an industry show,” said Glenn Stevens, executive director of MichAuto and an organizer of the events. “We need to connect the public, consumers and industry together with these technologies.”

Crain’s Detroit Business is a sponsor of the event, and the Detroit Regional Chamber is helping produce it. Organizers expect around 1,000 people to attend the Detroit Moves event over the two days. Hundreds more are expected to attend the other events throughout the week.

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