The American Center for Mobility - Driving the Future of Transportation
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A Premier Research and Testing Laboratory for Automated and Connected Vehicles in the United States.
With over 500-plus acres of infrastructure, the testing center is uniquely positioned to accommodate the broad needs of industry and government. The center will focus on testing, verification and certification of connected and automated vehicles. The range of capabilities will enable companies to test vehicles, roads, and communication systems. From double overpasses to a highway test loop, the site includes features to simulate virtually any driving condition. Additionally, Michigan’s seasonality makes it possible for testing to happen under different weather conditions, day and night!
The American Center for Mobility is a joint initiative among the State of Michigan – including the Michigan Department of Transportation and Michigan Economic Development Corp., the University of Michigan, Business Leaders for Michigan and Ann Arbor SPARK. The board of directors is comprised of representatives from U-M, Business Leaders for Michigan and SPARK, which initiated the project and will play a key role in economic development tied to the center. Automotive industry and community advisory boards will also be established. Board members include Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan; Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK; Steve Arwood, CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation; Bill McBride, Director of the State of Michigan Washington D.C. Office; Cynthia Wilbanks, Vice President for Government Relations at the University of Michigan; and U-M Mobility Transformation Center Director Huei Peng.
The Ypsilanti-based connected vehicle research center will be a place where precautionary testing is done before vehicles are deployed on the road and a proving ground for collaborative safety technology demonstrations. It will also serve as a high technology research and development facility that will allow companies to lease space for office and research use, garages, and other amenities, ultimately expanding the region's business incubation and acceleration capabilities around automotive technology.
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