PlanetM Landing Zone

Over a century ago, Michigan put the world on wheels and established itself as the historic leader of the automotive industry. Now the state is looking to continue that legacy with its emerging mobility industry by aiding the advancement of Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) technology, changing the way people and goods are moved.


Michigan’s commitment to the future of mobility led to the creation of PlanetM, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) initiative and economic development program consisting of partnerships between mobility organizations, communities, educational institutions, research and development, and government agencies all working together to develop and deploy the mobility technologies.


What is PlanetM? | Driving the future mobility revolution | PlanetM


Along with the formation of this diverse transportation network, PlanetM also wanted to make it as easy as possible for global mobility startups to connect with Michigan’s resources and become a part of its transportation evolution. This inspired the launch of the PlanetM Landing Zone in 2017, which was created through a partnership between the Detroit Regional Chamber and MEDC and is located in the heart of the automotive industry.


This unique space in WeWork serves as a physical entry point located in Downtown Detroit for mobility-focused startups—whose work focuses on connected, automated, shared, and/or electric technologies —and enables them to connect with Michigan's rich economic development and transportation ecosystem of automotive headquarters, manufacturers and suppliers, and R&D and testing facilities. This also includes access to business development services: supplier matchmaking, mobility meetups, curated events, talent recruiting assistance, office space, gap funding for testing/deployment, and more.


PlanetM and MEDC have been a great resource for getting us to the right decision makers, which has accelerated our ability to grow and get customers.”

—Will Foss, Business Development & Partnerships, Derq Inc.
and PlanetM Landing Zone member


With its history of pioneering the automotive industry and commitment to the development CAV technology, Michigan is the perfect environment for these startups to grow in. Since its opening, many members have joined the PlanetM Landing Zone, creating a unique community of mobility innovators that is crucial for the future of next-generation mobility.

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