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Research + Innovation


Research and development activities in Oakland County cover a wide spectrum of today's leading technologies, including advanced electronics and controls, aerospace, alternative energy, communications, life sciences and transportation. More than one third of Michigan's R & D facilities are located in Oakland County. That includes almost half of the state's automotive research and development operations.

Research + Innovation Features

Phil Bertolini

How connected and autonomous vehicles will change your life for the better

By improving safety and efficiency of transportation, mobility has the potential to change lives for the better. In addition to offering more options for getting around, mobility will spur a big rethink about how we operate in cities, suburbs, and rural areas.

University of Michigan

Self-driving security: How Detroit leads the way in automotive cybersecurity

The burgeoning world of connected and autonomous vehicles provides hackers a plethora of lucrative opportunities, ranging from stealing credit card information from a vehicle to abusing vehicle-to-infrastructure systems to break into a car owner's garage or house. Fortunately, there are many in Metro Detroit's automotive cybersecurity sector who are working feverishly to prepare defenses against such attacks.

Michelle DíSouza

Unified Business Technologies emphasizes women in traditionally male jobs

Michelle D’Souza is the President and CEO of Unified Business Technologies in Troy, a multi-faceted company that spans a number of different industries, including information technologies, manufacturing, engineering, and construction. One of the secrets to her success is hiring the right people, even if they don't have the "right" education or experience. 

Connected Vehicle Task Force

Oakland County supports development of innovative autonomous vehicle network pilot program

Oakland County is seeking bids from providers who have the ability to plan, build, deploy and maintain a pilot connected autonomous vehicle network that would ultimately make driving safer at no cost to taxpayers.

South Pacific Steel Installation

ZeroBase brings renewable energy to areas in need all over the world

Ferndale-based ZeroBase Energy was established in 2009 with the vision of making cleaner sources of energy more accessible to those most in need. 
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Research + Innovation Videos

The Robot Garage

Featured Video: The Robot Garage

At The Robot Garage, LEGO toys and robotics adventures are more than just childhood pastimes. Located in a converted warehouse in Birmingham's Rail District, this imagination laboratory hosts building classes, birthday parties, weekend competitions and one of the coolest retail shops in all of Oakland County. Whether you're a creative kid or just a child at heart, there's plenty to discover.

Featured Video: J&B Medical and Health Net Connect

Featured Video: J&B Medical and Health Net Connect

J & B Medical was established in 1994 and since has become one of the fastest growing and most successful medical distribution companies in the world. J & B Medical, a family owned business, carries over 50 years of industry experience and is a Medical Main Street Life Science company. Video by M-1 Studios.

OakGov video

Featured Video: Welcome to the New OakGov.com

Check out the new OakGov.com, designed for you from the ground up to be used wherever you are with a cleaner, more user-friendly interface so you can find what you're looking for fast! 

Valeo

Featured Video: Valeo North America

Oakland County's International Business video series continues with Françoise Colpron, the President of Valeo North America, an automotive parts manufacturing company which is headquartered in Troy with additional offices in Auburn Hills. Video by Advantage Oakland

Welcome To Automation Alley

If building a knowledge-based economy is Michigan's only hope then, much like the force, Automation Alley is what binds the region's technological companies together, finding ways for them to succeed in the global marketplace.
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