Howes: Detroit, Silicon Valley meld in next-gen vehicle

The chatter on Detroit and the opportunity its defining industry can offer is changing. Some of the nation’s leading engineering universities, from Michigan in Ann Arbor, to Stanford, Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are expected, too, signaling the auto industry’s shifting demands for talent.
That’s unambiguously good news. Change? Yes. Challenge? Yes. But it’s the makings of an all-new chapter for a city (and its hometown industry) whose name for too long has been synonymous with American industrial decline. The melding of automaking with advanced technology, on display next week, is opportunity.