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Three Silicon Valley startups coming to Mcity

Michael Martinez
The Detroit News

Three Silicon Valley startups are relocating to Ann Arbor this fall for a technology incubator at Mcity.

Zendrive, a company that monitors driver safety; PolySync, an autonomous vehicle software company; and Civil Maps, a 3-D map-maker that Ford Motor Co. recently invested in all will set up shop at Mcity’s TechLab incubator for a semester to work with U-M engineering students to further develop their products.

“The U-M Mobility Transformation Center is pleased to welcome the fall class of TechLab companies,” Carrie Morton, deputy director of MTC, said. “We’re excited to bring these disruptors and their innovative technologies into the ecosystem MTC is building with its partners to support commercially viable connected and automated mobility.”

Mcity is a 30-acre private autonomous vehicle systems test site. It includes a number of partners, including automakers, suppliers, insurance companies and others, who’ve all done research there over the past year.

Zendrive was the first company to be part of TechLab during its pilot phase in February. Following the program, several U-M students stayed with the company as interns.

“Continuing our collaboration with U-M will progress our research and development, taking essential steps to benchmark safety for self-driving cars,” Zendrive CEO Jonathan Matus said. “TechLab is the ultimate coming-together of Detroit and Silicon Valley to bridge groundbreaking technology and research.”

The fall TechLab begins Sept. 6.

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