Recent announcements of Michigan opening a first in the nation autonomous highway corridor between Ann Arbor and Detroit have spurred discussions of how that corridor could be used beyond autonomous vehicles. Could air traffic such as drones be a part of it? In our recent interview with the MUASC’s Melinda Marion, we learned that regulations are a long a way off from allowing air traffic such as sky taxis. However, the state of Michigan and various cities surrounding Detroit Metropolitan Airport are as aware as the MUASC that this is a space that must be sorted out as the tech is developed. With that in mind, Aerotropolis is working with communities surrounding Detroit Metro Airport, such as Romulus and Taylor, to work out the permissions and uses of air space around the airport in Detroit.
Rajat Jain has been in the steel industry over a decade, building business solutions. He used to be in sales. “Customers would send faxes on my phone number,” Jain says of the antiquated way steel is still sold in the manufacturing industry. “Because that was frustrating, I spent time in San Francisco to learn the startup way of selling — and ended up creating a marketplace for steel.” Eoxs was born. Jain describes it as being like Airbnb with a 2-sided marketplace matching seller and buyer. But the target? Steel distributors. Eoxs is based in California, but its new warehouse in Detroit already has 100,000 square feet of space with up to $200 million in inventory. Doesn’t sound like a lot for the gigantic manufacturing industry? This marketplace was created in 3 weeks.