PlanetM, the mobility initiative of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), today announced the latest recipients of the PlanetM Mobility Grant program. Four mobility companies – Adastec, IXR Mobility, KTISIS and SafeMode – received a total of more than $300,000 to pilot their mobility solutions in Michigan, including improved roadway and vehicle safe
ty, automated vehicles and accessible, reliable transportation options.
“We’re thrilled to be able to support a unique group of pilots addressing a wide range of mobility pain points in this round of grant funding,” said Charlie Tyson, technology activation manager at PlanetM. “The work they are doing will not only create more accessible, safer and efficient transportation options, but is also enabling growth and sustainability here in Michigan as we look to the future.”
Together with the Volvo Group and Transdev, SafeMode will pilot its driver-centric platform in Lansing, Mich. to tackle one of the most significant problems for the automotive industry – enhancing driver behavior and retention. SafeMode's behavior-based software will enable Transdev's drivers to gain actionable insights into their fleet and driver behavior by accessing driving data, coaching features and monetary incentive programs to follow safety and efficiency improvements. The pilot project expects to gain a reduction in incidents and road accidents, savings in fuel consumption and an increase in driver's satisfaction and retention. Through the Michigan Israel Business Accelerator (MIBA), Israeli-based
SafeMode was connected to Michigan’s mobility ecosystem, including the PlanetM grant program.
"We are thrilled to partner with the Volvo Group and Transdev to make roads safer and more sustainable by shifting the focus to the drivers,” said Ido Levy, founder and CEO of SafeMode. “Joining forces with both automakers and global leaders in transportation, our cutting-edge behavioral-AI technology will transform the way fleets, managers, and drivers are engaging and thinking of driving. The success of this partnership is a significant milestone along the SafeMode journey to disrupt the mobility industry with the first driver-centric platform and the vision of empowering drivers.”
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