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AbleLink Wins Michigan Grant to Bolster Mobility Industry and Increase Accessibility

December 15, 2021

More than $618,000 in grant funding awarded in second round of Michigan Mobility Funding Platform helping to facilitate programs in Southeast Michigan, Washtenaw and Ingham Counties

LANSING, Mich. — December 15, 2021 —
Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced today the second round of Michigan Mobility Funding Platform grants, which will support initiatives that underscore Michigan’s commitment to providing more accessible, equitable and sustainable mobility options. Seven mobility companies – AbleLink Smart Living Technologies, Fermata Energy, iSmartWays, Lazarillo, Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Michigan State University and Stantec – received more than $618,000 in funding to deploy pilot mobility projects in Michigan that will help augment electric vehicle (EV) adoption as well as address various mobility barriers throughout the state.

“These grants and the projects they fund are helping us put Michiganders first, growing our economy and positioning Michigan as a leader in the development and implementation of safe, sustainable mobility solutions,” said Governor Whitmer. “Through these community-led initiatives and technologies, our residents will be empowered to take control of their transportation options with more accessible and affordable solutions that will lead to a greater quality of life here in Michigan.”

Launched by the Office of Future Mobility and Electrification, in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Michigan Department of Transportation, the Michigan Mobility Funding Platform provides grants to mobility and electrification organizations looking to deploy solutions in the state of Michigan.

Michigan Mobility Funding Platform Grant recipient: AbleLink Smart Living Technologies ($100,000 – Wayne, Oakland. Macomb and Washtenaw Counties)

In collaboration with W.A.V.E. (Western-Washtenaw Area Value Express), Programs to Educate All Cyclists (PEAC) and Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART), AbleLink Smart Living Technologies will help make independent travel more accessible to individuals with cognitive disabilities or those experiencing cognitive decline by implementing its WayFinder Ecosystem into the transit systems serving Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties. With the Ecosystem in place, users who typically have challenges learning fixed transit routes will be able to safely access and learn routes and build confidence in their independent transportation skills.

“For a person with cognitive disabilities, being able to ride the bus by yourself offers the opportunity to get a job, visit friends and family, and the freedom to go where you want – when you want,” said Daniel K. Davies, Founder and President, AbleLink Smart Living Technologies, LLC. “We are excited to begin this effort to deploy the WayFinder travel support system for residents of Southeast Michigan. We appreciate the interest of Michigan’s Office of Future Mobility and Electrification in exploring this innovative technology to help overcome barriers to independent travel.”

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