According to WXYZ, Google and Ford are becoming partners as founding members to form the new Mobility District. Michigan Central is also partnering with the State of Michigan and the City of Detroit. The state will dedicate over 126 million to the development of the project and resources. Last month, Ford had announced the near completion of the renovation project.
“Ford is an American icon that has left its mark on Michigan – and the world – for more than 100 years, and we are proud to partner with Ford and other founding members at Michigan Central to shape the next century of transportation solutions while reducing emissions and accelerating electrification,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in a news release.
Google will provide cloud technology for Michigan Central’s mobility programs. They will also provide development training programs for high school students and job seekers. Google will open a Code Lab to prepare students for computer science. M.A.D.E. Institute, Dress for Success Michigan, and Streetwise Partner will partner with Google and offer its Google Career Certificate program.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said this in a news release. “Just a few years ago, this train station was our city’s international symbol of abandonment. Now, it’s the symbol of our city’s resurgence and soon will anchor this new innovation district, developed by Ford, where innovators from around the world will create the future of mobility. For more than a century, Detroit has been the leader in automotive innovation and today marks a major step forward in keeping Detroit at the forefront of mobility innovation for the next century.”