FCA has announced that it will join a partnership formed between Plug and Play, a global innovation platform for startups and corporations, and the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) to bring a new innovation hub to Detroit by June 2020. “Plug and Play Detroit powered by AmplifyD” (Amplify:Diversity) will provide streamlined access to all technology startups, with an emphasis on those owned by women and minorities.
The partnership underpins FCA’s approach to the rapid advancement of select technologies through smart and strategic collaborations that promote a culture of innovation and safety. While FCA will become a founding partner in the innovation hub, AmplifyD expects to welcome additional corporate and automotive partners soon. Plug and Play Detroit powered by AmplifyD will secure space in downtown Detroit for the innovation hub in the first quarter of 2020 with plans to open its doors by June.
“The automotive industry is at the crossroads of digital transformation, where automated driving, connectivity, electrification and shared mobility are reshaping the future of mobility,” Mark Stewart, Chief Operating Officer, FCA North America, said. “The participation with Plug and Play Detroit powered by AmplifyD accelerates FCA’s approach to research and development, providing immediate streamlined access to an ecosystem of hundreds of technology startups all with an emphasis on diversity, and with greater diversity, comes greater innovation.”
Source: Plug and Play