Perrone Robotics, a leading provider of fully automated vehicle technology and turnkey vehicle solutions, has solidified its commitment to develop an advanced automated vehicle (AV) test facility at the American Center for Mobility (ACM) in Ypsilanti, Michigan signed a lease on June 21, 2021. ACM’s smart mobility test center will enable Perrone’s team to work on high-speed, long-term, and continuous testing of a wide range of transit vans, shuttles, cargo vehicles, and trucks integrated with Perrone’s patented autonomous vehicle TONY Retrofit solution. Perrone’s signed commitment with ACM comes just a few short months after the company received a $10 million investment from CapStone Holdings Inc. The funding will support Perrone as it continues to advance its leadership role in the mobility industry.
ACM opened its gates to the public in December of 2017, by March 2018 the first garage facilities were ready to rent including six large garages each with a capacity for 6-8 vehicles and customizable veranda office space, and seven smaller garages with capacity for up to two vehicles featuring private kitchenettes, conference rooms and restrooms. “The vision of ACM from its inception was intended to use the historic land at Willow Run to drive acceleration within the mobility industry and at the same time attract a new workforce in the region with onsite tenants,” says Reuben Sarkar, President & CEO of ACM. “ACM is excited to have Perrone and their team onsite and the timing couldn’t be better. With the post-pandemic shift for alternative work environments coupled with CAV development efforts that are ready to move into on-track testing, and companies like Perrone who are looking to grow their footprint as a mobility leader, the current ACM garages are now at capacity.”
“Establishing a test facility at ACM will accelerate our progress in delivering comprehensive (complete) AV applications,” said Paul Perrone, founder and CEO of Perrone Robotics, Inc. “As the country’s historic center for automotive advancement, we’re proud to establish a continuous AV testing facility in the greater Detroit region.” Locating at ACM, will enable Perrone to innovate, test and deliver more robust AV options for its commercial, governmental, hospitality, campus, logistics and community transit and transportation business lines. With these new initiatives, the management team has plans to hire additional employees to form a dedicated team of CAV test operators and engineers at ACM to support their AV innovation for geofenced and environmentally localized applications.
ACM is now focusing on the rest of the campus and working with stakeholders to plan the next phases of buildout. President and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Paul Krutko, has been involved with ACM since its inception and reflects on the progress at the center. “The American Center for Mobility continues to attract attention from innovators around the world who need access to the robust testing and validation capabilities it offers. ACM’s location in the Ann Arbor region – an epicenter for the future of the mobility industry — makes it ideal for companies looking to grow, find new partnerships, and be inspired to push the envelope of possibility.”
Perrone Robotics intends to drive new activities to showcase its products and capabilities, those details are forthcoming.
About American Center for Mobility
The American Center for Mobility is a global smart mobility test center providing a safe platform for the integration of emerging mobility technologies in intentionally challenging environments. ACM is a not-for-profit collaborative effort comprised of government, industry and academic organizations focused on accelerating the mobility industry through advanced and scientific research, testing, standards, and educational programs. Located in Southeast Michigan in Ypsilanti Township on over 500-acres at the historic Willow Run site, ACM is building on a legacy of innovation in Washtenaw County’s New Mobility Opportunity Zone. For more information, visit acmwillowrun.org.
About Perrone Robotics Inc.
Perrone is a leading provider of fully autonomous vehicle systems. The company delivers mobility excellence via TONY® (short for “TO Navigate You”), a vehicle independent retrofit kit for use in the autonomous transit of people and goods in geo-fenced and localized operations. TONY embeds inside any vehicle type for any job application to provide a complete “artificial driver” solution that brings full autonomy in a safety certifiable framework. Proven, piloted and in commercial production, Perrone autonomous vehicle systems help commercial, governmental, campus, hospitality, logistics and community transit customers increase transportation efficiencies, enhance safety, and accelerate zero-emission electric vehicle deployment. The company also offers a portfolio of existing turnkey autonomous shuttles and vehicles pre-integrated with the TONY retrofit kit. Learn more at www.perronerobotics.com or follow us @perronerobotics.