A call to make metro Detroit "Drone Alley"

California can have it's silicon, Motown has got the makings of a automated technical hub. Or so says Politico.com in their interesting essay suggesting that metro regions focus on what they do best then working overtime in policy, investment and experimentation to own that space. Personally driverless but be a better bet than drone, but the point is well taken.

Excerpt:

"But policymakers shouldn’t be trying to copy Silicon Valley. Instead, they should be figuring out what domain is (or could be) specific to their region—and then removing the regulatory hurdles for that particular domain. Because we don’t want 50 Silicon Valleys; we want 50 different variations of Silicon Valley, all unique from each other and all focusing on different domains.

Imagine a Bitcoin Valley, for instance, where some country fully legalizes cryptocurrencies for all financial functions. Or a Drone Valley, where a particular region removes all legal barriers to flying unmanned aerial vehicles locally. A Driverless Car Valley in a city that allows experimentation with different autonomous car designs, redesigned roadways and safety laws. A Stem Cell Valley. And so on."

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