Posted on 10/26/2016

WATCH: Congress and Cars: The Future of Mobility in Michigan with Sen. Gary Peters

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters paid a visit to Automation Alley on Monday to discuss the future of mobility in Michigan, our opportunity to be a global leader in the development of autonomous vehicles, and the challenges we face with stiff national and international competition.   

“It was our mastery of manufacturing and automation that put Michigan on the international map and helped the United States establish its industrial and military might.  But computerization changed how we manufacture and what we manufacture.  And in the age of computers, California became king,” Peters said. 

“From Wall Street to Silicon Valley to Washington there are people and businesses that see the auto industry as ripe for disruption.  But disruption is the correct adjective if you are a bystander – if change is happening TO you and AROUND you. When we are affecting change in our own industry it’s not disruption but a transformation,” he continued. “And that is what Michigan stands on the brink of – a transformation of the auto industry that we lead and we control, and with it the destiny and fortunes of our state.”  

Elected in 2014, Senator Gary Peters focuses on strengthening Michigan’s small businesses through economic growth and job creation. He currently serves on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee; the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee; and the Joint Economic Committee. He previously represented Michigan's 9th congressional district from 2009 to 2013.


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