Gov. Snyder touts Michigan as world leader for mobility

Nicquel Terry
The Detroit News

Detroit — Gov. Rick Snyder said Michigan will continue to be a worldwide leader in the transformation of the auto industry as it converges with technology and moves toward self-driving vehicles.

Michigan, he said, has become easier to sell to the tech world with companies from Silicon Valley, such as Google and Uber, and other places setting up offices here.

“We just have that traditional problem that we have as Michiganders, we tend to be too humble,” Snyder said after a nearly two-hour tour of the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Hall on Monday. “We’ve got all the capacity; we then market it.”

Snyder said Michigan needs to boost its public-private partnerships for test facilities and continue the talent pipeline for industrial automation robotics.

The governor said he wants Michigan to be a leader in bringing people together for conversations around mobility.

Snyder met with officials from several automakers Monday during his tour.

His stops included the Nissan Xmotion concept vehicle revealed Monday, Ford Motor Co., Toyota Motor Co., General Motors Co. and a group demonstration car by Aisin.

“The Detroit Auto Show is the place to be,” Snyder said. “The technology in the vehicles being displayed here is just fabulous.”