Category Archives: Michigan

Michigan makes history for Self-driving Car

The Self-driving Car concept is moving into reality faster than most people thought. Michigan makes self-driving car history as it has become the first state in the USA to establish comprehensive statewide self-driving regulations. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed four bills that regulate the testing, development and eventually the sale of self-driving cars. The rules allow for the testing of autonomous cars without a human in the front seat, permit firms to use self-driving cars for ride-sharing services and be sold to the public once the technology is tested and certified. Ford (NYSE:F), General Motors (NYSE:GM), Google (GOOG, GOOGL), Fiat Chrysler (NYSE:FCAU), Toyota (NYSE:TM), UBER and LYFT helped shape the legislation.

There are interesting comments from people with diverse perspectives, including how the AI algorithm of the self-driving car will make some key decisions in accident situations.

General Dynamics Gets Contracts from US Army and US Navy

General Dynamics, which is a leading an aerospace and defense company of USA, has reported that two of its subsidiaries have been awarded contracts from the US Army and the US Navy, and the same was confirmed by the US Department of Defense (DoD).

The first contract was awarded to General Dynamic Electric Boat for a $47 million cost-plus-fixed-fee modification contract by the Naval Sea Systems Command to exercise options to perform non-nuclear submarine repair work on Groton, Connecticut submarines under the New England Manpower Initiative. Under this contract, General Dynamic Electric Boat will provide skilled personnel to perform non-nuclear submarine repair work at the Naval Submarine Base, New London, CT, in support of returning mission ready submarines to the fleet. The work will be performed in Groton, CT and will be completed by Dec 2017. Continue reading General Dynamics Gets Contracts from US Army and US Navy

Michigan Facts

  • The State Nickname is the “Great Lake State.” Other nicknames are “Wolverine State” or “Water Winter Wonderland.”
  • The capital is Lansing (1847). The largest city is Detroit.
  • The State Trunkline System totals 9,656 miles. All are toll free.
  • Michigan is the only state that touches 4 of the 5 Great Lakes.
  • 40 of Michigan’s 83 counties touch at least one Great Lake.
  • Michigan has more than 11,000 inland lakes and more than 36,000 miles of streams. You are never more than six miles from one of them. Anywhere in Michigan, you are within 85 miles of one of the Great Lakes.
  • Michigan includes:
    57,022 sq. mi. of land area (16,439 sq. mi. in the U.P.)
    1,194 sq. mi. of inland waters
    38,575 sq. mi. of Great Lake water area
    3,126 miles of Great Lakes shoreline (more fresh water coastline than any other state)
    19,000,000 acres of forest cover