Patterson wants Oakland County to be at the center of the automotive future

Officials want Oakland County to be the starting point for a country-wide system of traffic signals, infrastructure and software that can communicate with vehicles.Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and the Road Commission for Oakland County want proposals from potential service providers that could create the software and hardware for a system that would transmit “instantaneous electronic messages to vehicles, warning motorists of potentially dangerous driving situations.”It’s a move that could keep the future of automobiles and transportation centered in Michigan. The state is competing with Arizona, California and other states to remain the lead in mobility, which now encompasses everything from self-driving cars to bike-share systems.The project would join a number of similar initiatives in Michigan. This summer, General Motors Co. announced it was testing a safety feature in Macomb County to warn drivers that traffic signals are about to turn red.

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