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Motor City Gains an Edge on Silicon Valley

Detroit evolving from Rust Belt relic to high-tech hub.

by on Sep.22, 2016

As the Detroit automakers rebound, so too is the city, region and other business. Many, like FCA, are re-establishing a presence in the city.

Like the city that helped give it life, Detroit’s auto industry is often seen as a Rust Belt relic, a perception underscored by moves by manufacturers like Ford, which is rapidly expanding its new tech center in Silicon Valley.

But just as the Motor City itself begins to revive after decades of disinvestment and so-called “white flight,” so is the local auto industry gaining new momentum. But it’s not just the traditional Detroit Big Three bouncing back after the Great Recession. The Southeast Michigan region is seeing a flood of new investment from traditional foreign rivals such as Toyota and Nissan, as well as from new, high-tech players including Uber and Google.

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“What we’re realizing is there is a huge critical mass of talent in the Detroit area,” said Sherif Marakby, a long-time Ford veteran who joined Uber as its head of vehicle development earlier this year. At a news conference in the suburb of Novi, he announced this week plans to build a new autonomous vehicle development facility in the region. (more…)

TDB Brings You the Chicago Auto Show

New vehicles, technology and concepts.

by on Feb.07, 2014

The Windy City is playing host to the latest set of automotive introductions, new technologies and industry executives.

The 106th Chicago Auto Show features plenty of the latest and greatest in the auto world, and plenty of breaking news. And TheDetroitBureau.com continues to bring you more news and behind-the-scenes reports from the show at McCormick Place.

Here’s our handy guide to our complete coverage. Make sure to keep coming back as we add more!

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GM and NASA Engineers Prepare R2 for Space Work

Technology on R2 robot could easily displace line workers.

by on Jul.07, 2010

Not exactly a job creating technology.

General Motors and NASA engineers continue to prepare Robonaut 2 for its planned September mission to the International Space Station aboard the space shuttle Discovery, GM said today in a statement.

This new generation robot can use its hands to do work beyond the scope of prior machines.

Using dexterous, human-like robots capable of intricate work is not new to the aerospace industry, of course. The original Robonaut, a humanoid robot designed for space travel, was built by the software, robotics and simulation division at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in a collaborative effort with the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency 10 years ago

R2 can work safely alongside people, a necessity both on Earth and in space. This new generation robot can use its hands to do work beyond the scope of prior machines.  (See NASA and GM Working on Robotic Technology)

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Human Written!

GM and NASA engineering teams are currently checking on some of the key technologies employed by the “humanoid” robot, including advanced sensor and vision systems.

R2, while not nearly as cute as R2-D2 of Star Wars fame, is faster, more dexterous and a more technologically advanced robot than previous, non-movie versions.

No word if R2 has a taser, though.

At least people, so far, are doing the design work. Moreover, a human writes this story.

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NASA and GM Working on Robotic Technology

Next gen robots for auto and aerospace use looks promising.

by on Feb.04, 2010

Let R2 do the heavy lifting.

Engineers and scientists from NASA and General Motors Company are working together through a Space Act Agreement to build a new humanoid robot capable of working side by side with people.

At NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston living people are exploring control, sensor and vision technologies. Future robots could assist astronauts during hazardous space missions and help GM build safer cars and plants, according to program workers.

Successful robots could eliminate entirely the need for people to risk the hazards of space exploration.

The two organizations, and engineers from Oceaneering Space Systems of Houston, developed and built the next iteration of Robonaut or Robonaut 2. Testing is ongoing.

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Live Writers (so far)!

R2, while not nearly as cute as R2-D2 of Star Wars fame, is said to be faster, more dexterous and a more technologically advanced robot than previous, non-movie versions. No word if R2 has a taser, though.

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