Detroit News Columnist Daniel Howes and Michigan Radio are partners in weekly essays examining what's hot in Michigan business and politics – and what it all means. This week, Howes says conventional wisdom on the battle between Detroit and Silicon Valley may have it wrong. A record of profitability, bolstered by hard decisions this town’s automakers simply wouldn’t make in the good times of the past, is changing perceptions. And so is the undeniable techification of the auto industry. The bright line separating cars from high-tech is blurring, and Detroit is right in the center of it.

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