Mark Phelan

Business, TCA

Ford Sticks With Hybrids as Other Automakers Rush to All-Electric Vehicles

Woman fuels Ford hybrid Ford 2020 Escape hybrid by Ford.com.

DETROIT — While other automakers — notably crosstown rival General Motors and German giant Volkswagen — shift their focus to vehicles powered by electricity alone, Ford continues to develop and invest in hybrids, which combine gasoline engines with electric batteries.

Mark Phelan | Detroit Free Press
May 17, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Detroit at Center of Autonomous Tech Universe, Navigant Report Shows

Waymo A Waymo, customized Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, used for Google's autonomous vehicle program near the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. (Getty Images)

A new study by Navigant Research rates three companies as leaders in the race to develop and make money on self-driving, autonomous cars and trucks.

Mark Phelan | Detroit Free Press
March 14, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Logistics, Autonomous, TCA

Robot Package Delivery Trucks Developed in Detroit Ready for China, US

Quadrobot CEO and Chairman Mike Wang Quadrobot CEO and Chairman Mike Wang via Detroit Free Press/Tribune Content Agency

Looking like a delegation of toasters from space, a generation of electrically powered, self-driving mail trucks will roll out of a suburban Detroit industrial park later this year. Their mission: Revolutionize mail and package delivery.

Mark Phelan | Detroit Free Press
February 11, 2019
Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Self-Driving Electric Shuttle Buses Will Be Introduced at University of Michigan

Navya Vehicle (Navya)

A pair of self-driving shuttle buses should begin motoring around Ann Arbor, Mich., later in April in an ambitious test of the new technology.

Mark Phelan | Detroit Free Press
April 13, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Microsoft Joins Self-Driving Vehicle Development at Michigan Test Center

American Center for Mobility grounds American Center for Mobility grounds via PlanetM/YouTube

On a blustery spring day that showed exactly why Michigan’s range of weather is perfect for testing self-driving and connected vehicles, the American Center for Mobility formally opened and announced a far-reaching deal April 4 with Microsoft.

Mark Phelan | Detroit Free Press
April 5, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Detroit Area’s Cutting-Edge Center for Self-Driving Vehicles Set to Open

Mark Chaput, vice president of construction for the American Center for Mobility, points to future construction, at the ACM facility in Ypsilanti, Mich., on Aug. 15, 2017. (Sean Proctor/Bloomberg News)

The only engineering facility built expressly to test self-driving vehicles will officially open April 4 at the historic 335-acre Willow Run site just west of Detroit.

Mark Phelan | Detroit Free Press
April 2, 2018
Business, Equipment, TCA

Ford’s Commercial Vehicle Strategy Powers the Company Through Thick and Thin

Ford

While Wall Street pounds Ford Motor Co.’s response to high-profile, recent trends like self-driving vehicles and the shift from sedans to SUVs, an underappreciated, century-old company mainstay continues to chug along, delivering dominant sales and consistent profits.

Mark Phelan | Detroit Free Press
February 9, 2018