2017-10-12 / Business

CNXMotion opens in Grand Blanc to research automated driving

By Sam Tunningley

The team at Grand Blanc’s CNXMotion cut the ribbon at its grand opening on Thursday, October 5. The team at Grand Blanc’s CNXMotion cut the ribbon at its grand opening on Thursday, October 5. GRAND BLANC TWP. — CNXMotion, a brand new research and development facility, opened its doors in Grand Blanc Township last week to begin developing automated driving systems, otherwise known as driverless vehicles, using state of the art braking and steering systems.

The 19,000-square-foot facility is a joint venture, merging technology from two parent companies sharing equal ownership – advanced braking systems from Nexteer and steering systems from Continental – to develop motion control. The company will pick out the best and brightest engineers from the Nexteer and Continental offices located in Saginaw and Auburn Hills to fill 30 positions.

“The purpose of this venture is to get two separate systems integrated together that don’t normally talk to each other,” said business developer and controller for CNXMotion Matt Hagans.

Hagans said CNXMotion may be able to drastically change the way driving feels by using longitudinal and latitudinal motion control, which he acknowledged could produce polarizing reactions from vehicle owners.

Flint Genesee Chamber of Commerce Director Tim Herman said CNXMotion is part of a recent wave of the automotive industry coming to the region, citing Laird’s 43,000-squarefoot research and design facility in Grand Blanc and Kettering University’s GM Mobility Research Center as two examples.

“This 19,000-square-foot facility represents another signal that Grand Blanc and Genesee County are open for business,” said Herman.

CNXMotion is located at 8018 Embury Rd. in Grand Blanc.

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