Following the brief region-wide team effort to compose the Amazon HQ2 bid, the metro area's top elected officials are back to sniping and confrontation about key issues including regional transit. Without viable, effective regional transit, Detroit's come-back and sustainable growth in the metro area will be impossible. Certainly, bridge and road infrastructure repairs and updates are needed, but that's only part of the equation. Personal mobility is changing and our thinking about mobility must also change. If not, we're going nowhere.
The future? You can't get there from here. That's the Point!
The 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) opened in Detroit this week, with its Media and Industry Preview Days. There was a time, not long ago, when the most important choice we made in considering a car was the color. Today, the most important choice is the car's onboard technology and its compatibility with the operating system of our mobile device and our connected home. To paraphrase a classic movie line, "Open the car door Alexa ..." That's the Point!
Off the Drawing Board: I sketched three takes on autonomous driving and our relationship with home and vehicle technology for consideration by my editors at Crain's Detroit Business this week. I agreed with their thoughts that idea #2 best presented the scope of the relationship that's growing between us and Alexa, or Siri.
Another New Year, another new start. This is the greeting I shared with my readers Downriver as we said goodbye to 2017 and welcomed 2018. The sentiment applies to all my friends and family as well. Look ahead, make some personal headlines. Like the newspapers in which my cartoons appear, not all headlines are happy, but the stories are ours to write. I hope all my readers, and all my family and friends are the authors of wonderful personal stories in 2018! Happy New Year! That's the Point!