Sneak Peek: Detroit’s Michigan Central mobility lab opens soon

  • Date: 02/15/2023

A new innovation lab dedicated to solving the world's most pressing transportation problems is opening soon in Detroit — the first phase of Ford Motor's ambitious research hub, Michigan Central.

Why it matters: The driving principle behind Michigan Central, a vision of Ford executive chair Bill Ford, is that improved transportation leads to better economic mobility — equitable access to jobs, health care, education and more.

Driving the news: Newlab, an inventor community launched in New York's Brooklyn Navy Yard, is partnering with Michigan Central to develop a mobility innovation ecosystem centered at Detroit’s historic Book Depository building, set to reopen this spring, Axios is first to report.

  • Hundreds of member startups working on electrification, aerial mobility, automation and more will use the space to build their companies in collaboration with potential users and customers.
  • Early members include Airspace Link, Canopy, Grounded, and Cavnue.
  • Newlab will support them through all phases of growth: finding investors, running pilots and eventually commercializing their businesses.
  • More than a tech incubator, Newlab takes a community-based approach to innovation, convening entrepreneurs, governments, nonprofits, transportation companies and suppliers.
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