Editorial: Michigan’s New Governor Can Accelerate The Auto Industry’s Transformation

My congratulations go out to Gretchen Whitmer for winning my state’s gubernatorial election. The governor-elect – as well as governors across the other 49-states – face many great challenges from health care to infrastructure with significant financial constraints. Of course, with great challenges come great opportunities. Given the significant inflection point the automotive industry is at related to autonomous technology, vehicle electrification and transformational mobility as a service innovation, governor-elect Whitmer has the opportunity to create a business environment in Michigan to maximize the positive returns of these trends while minimizing the transitional costs. Here are a few ideas I would think the Governor-elect should pursue to accelerate these mega-trends. Other governors are free to apply these as applicable.