Detroit Launches Innovative Center for Advanced Mobility

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Bill Gates is only slightly less famous for being a Harvard dropout than he is for being unimaginably rich. In fairness to Harvard, no school would have taught him to create Microsoft. Nobody teaching computer science at the time had ever imagined a need for anything like Windows. Wayne State University, located in Detroit, is working with the Michigan Mobility Institute to avoid the same lack of vision focused on the next generation of transportation.

  • The world is changing quickly from existing in the age of easy transportation to the next generation of mobility.
  • Detroit’s Wayne State University and the Michigan Mobility Institute are partnering on a project to keep pace with the changing demands of the industry.
  • The Center for Advanced Mobility at Wayne State will allow students, industry and thought leaders to collaborate, developing the future of mobility.

The Center For Advanced Mobility at Wayne State University is being created within the College of Engineering to advance the study of autonomous driving, connectivity, smart infrastructure and electrified vehicles. This may sound like a no-brainer to those of you outside of academia, but typically, engineering advancements are led by the industry and then work down the chain into the classroom.

One of the buildings at Wayne State Tech Town
The Center for Advanced Mobility in Detroit. Photo: Wayne State University

“This will be a leading global center for the future of mobility,” said Farshad Fotouhi, Dean of the Wayne State College of Engineering and Computer Science Professor. “The Center for Advanced Mobility will be the epicenter for academic and startup activity in the mobility sector for students, researchers, and global corporate partners in Detroit.” You should have read that with an emphasis on, “in Detroit.”

The Center for Advanced Mobility will be a part of the new 45,000 square-foot, Innovation Hub, which was acquired by Wayne State in 2017. Both are a part of the University’s five-year strategic initiative to focus on innovation and entrepreneurship as part of an academic education. As the industry becomes less centralized, Detroit is working hard to stay the center of innovation, in America at least.


The Center will work with current leaders in the industry as well as, new start-ups. Students will be offered learning opportunities and mentorship provided by experts with years of experience working in the industry. At the same time, those experts are exposed to fresh ideas from a younger generation, which are or will soon be, the targeted users of the innovations developed here. Programs like this will not only speed innovation, but hopefully allow current car companies to stay relevant in the mobility age.

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