The number of car rentals is on the rise in Michigan, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation, as the state gears up for the 2018 legislative session.
The department’s new statewide car rental service, car dolly, will launch on Tuesday, and will offer weekly rental options for the state’s roughly 2 million residents.
The number of cars rented weekly jumped by more than 8,000 in the past week to 5,400.
But that’s less than the 2.1 million cars rented during the same period last year, according a spokeswoman for the department.
The state estimates the number of daily rentals is between 2 million and 3 million.
The spokeswoman said that number includes both cars rented every day and those that are booked up to the weekend.
Michigan has more than 1.1 billion vehicles on the road, according the state DOT.
It has more car rental companies than any other state.
Michigan is also home to the nation’s most extensive fleet of self-driving vehicles, which can travel from one point to another in under 30 minutes.
The DOT estimates more than 4.5 million people use self-drive vehicles in Michigan.
The number is up from a year ago.
The state is also working to roll out its first statewide vehicle-to-vehicle communications system, which will allow drivers to communicate with one another about their routes.
That system, dubbed the Michigan Traffic Safety Center, is scheduled to launch in September.
Michigan officials hope to offer the service on a trial basis.
But the state has not said whether the program will expand to other cities and counties, where it is already being offered.
The department also said it is investing $1.2 million to improve signage around Michigan and other states to warn drivers about the dangers of riding in a car while impaired.
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