GreeningDetroit, in collaboration with sponsors, NAIAS, and ReclaimDetroit, a division of Detroit Non-Profit EcoWorks, will be presenting the inaugural TIP Team (Transport Innovation Patrol) Awards as part of the 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) on its Education Day, Jan.18th at COBO Hall at 12:00 p.m. on the Atrium Stage.
The four awards — Workforce, Best Dressed, Leader of the Pack and Planet Guardians — will be presented to corporations by the four millennial members of GreeningDetroit.com’s TIP Team (Alan Xia, Jill Dougherty, Katherine Robertson and Jason Best) for their innovative new technologies in this ever-evolving and fast-changing industry.
The TIP Team concept was created to drive more ‘Millennials’, the generation generally considered between the ages of 18 to 30, to NAIAS and other related events in the region, as their generation will be the group that will help revitalize and innovate the city of Detroit — as well as continue the direction and trends of the automobile, technology and other innovative industries here in Metro Detroit and abroad.
The 14x11x2.5 stand-alone awards are artfully crafted with reclaimed wood salvaged by ReclaimDetroit from Detroit’s oldest Fire Department House, located across from COBO Hall at 250 West Larned St., in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit Fire Department Headquarters occupied the facilities for close to 175 years (1840-2013).
The site is currently being renovated and converted by developer Walter Cohen and the Aparium Hotel Group into a boutique hotel, one of the many historic facilities being rebirthed in downtown Detroit.
Below is a brief description of each award that will be presented at the NAIAS this week:
WORKFORCE (presented by Katherine Robertson, V.P. of Mobile Comply): Although there are numerous companies in Detroit with rich history in the automotive industry, there is one that stands above the rest. One company, loyal to the Detroit region, has championed itself as a true “Workforce Warrior”. By promoting new technologies within their unprecedented youth programs, they recognize that building the intelligent transportation workforce of the future must begin at an early age.
BEST DRESSED (presented by Jill Dougherty, undergrad, College of Creative Studies): With the autonomy trend on the rise, a certain aesthetic has occurred. Most electric, zero emissions, and autonomous concepts have shown up as smaller, quirky displays with a lot of character. A lot of the new releases have shown vehicles that have appearances venturing further from what a car traditionally has looked like in recent decades. These signify a new era for the automotive industry and its appearance will lend greatly to the new era of autonomy.
LEADER OF THE PACK (presented by Jason Best, Grad Assistant, Kettering University): A big theme of this year’s North American International Auto Show was intercity mobility and autonomous driving vehicles. Incredible architecture developed in conjunction with intel that supports fully-autonomous vehicle platforms while supplying the security and privacy that consumers demand is the way of the future. In-car models of what this proposed architecture will look like in the near future. By incorporating intel security as well as creature comforts such as android and apple support give one company the most advanced system.
PLANET GUARDIANS (presented by Alan Xia, Kettering University): From hybrid trucks to hydrogen cars to sustainable build materials employed by suppliers and OEMS, there are many truly many innovative products out there this year or coming in the near-future. Some products address a vehicle market with a solution that can significantly reduce the usage of fossil fuels with new applications, thereby reducing or completely eliminating idling generator time to power commercial booms and other accessories.This can happen when a company is willing to take risks new state-of-the-art to develop its own transmission unit for its application. This technology is well under way.
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For more about what’s going on in the circles of GreeningDetroit, ReclaimDetroit and EcoWorks, please visit their respective websites.
Also visit the 2017 North American International Auto Show, which runs through Jan. 22 at Cobo Hall: http://naias.com