Snyder looks to partner with U.K. for auto technology

Ian Thibodeau

Gov. Rick Snyder and other state officials are exploring ways to work with the United Kingdom on automotive technology and mobility ventures.

Snyder and House of Commons of the United Kingdom Minister Richard Harrington on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding to “strengthen the production of advancements” in the automotive sector.

The intent is meant to boost cooperation between governments. Automotive companies have signed similar agreements with foreign companies to partner on new technology or to develop unique products in new markets. In Michigan, several universities signed agreements to develop an academic consortium at the American Center for Mobility at Willow Run.

The agreement Snyder signed Monday would have the state government and the U.K. jointly share data, host meetings, workshops and conferences, share best practices and develop new programs. It could also potentially boost the automotive supply chain, according to the document.

“This agreement creates a great partnership for Michigan and the U.K. to work closely together in the development and deployment of intelligent vehicle transportation,” Snyder said in a statement. “We have a long tradition of cooperation in the automotive sector and we will continue to make great strides through formal relationships such as the one we established today by signing this MOU. The technology that is enabling connected and autonomous vehicles and new mobility services is moving rapidly each day and it is essential we collaborate to harmonize global policy, regulations and standards to make transportation safe and more accessible for all.”

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