Michigan Technology

Our entire show is focused on Michigan Technology – changing the way we drive, we live and our health. 

On the December 2-3, 2017 edition of Current State we explore everything from sexual misconduct investigations to why high speed broadband is scarce in some parts of Michigan to special K-9's to new safety equipment for Michigan drivers this winter.

WKAR file photo / WKAR-MSU

General Motors expects to have autonomous vehicles working commercially in big cities sometime in 2019.

PhD student Osama Ennasar and undergrad student Camille Emig work on GRACE.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

MSU researchers are using a grant from the National Science Foundation to continue their study and construction of underwater robots.

 


Spoof fingerprints photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Fingerprint identification technology has advanced to the point where you probably have it on the phone you carry. A team in the Michigan State University College of Engineering is working to improve the security of fingerprint recognition systems, and a big part of their effort aims to learn more about fake prints that could be used against you.


light imaging and detection
CANVAS Program / Michigan State University

Just as it did in the 20th century, Michigan is leading a transportation revolution in the 21st. 

At the former Willow Run bomber plant near Ypsilanti, the new American Center for Mobility is emerging as one of the world’s premiere test sites for self-driving cars.  The center is working with Michigan State University and other institutions across the state to train the next generation of autonomous vehicle engineers.

 


Dr. Ray Boeman stands in front of IACMI's compression press.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Michigan State University is a core partner with the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, or IACMI, in Detroit. They work to make automobiles lighter, and opened their doors just last month. WKAR’s Katie Cook went to get a look at the facility and find out more about the work they do.

Rob Zondervan and the Clean Case Mobile Device Cover photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Cell phones are dirty things. According to some media reports, they’re dirtier than toilet seats. Not something you want in an operating room, that’s for sure.


truck and bridge
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The day of the driverless car is gaining ground.  Fast. 

 

What was once a science fiction fantasy is exploding into a legitimate industry.  Connected vehicles have caught the attention of such companies as Tesla, Uber and even Google.  Now, add the U.S. military to that list.  In Michigan, an Army research and development lab is experimenting with cargo hauling trucks to learn how to run automated supply convoys.  The goal is to save time, fuel and human lives.