9/9/2014

U-Mich Names Founding Partners for Driverless Car Test

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The University of Michigan's Mobility Transformation Center in Ann Arbor has named 13 founding corporate members, each of which has pledged $1 million over three years to support the center's research on connected and automated vehicles.

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The University of Michigan's Mobility Transformation Center in Ann Arbor has named 13 founding corporate members, each of which has pledged $1 million over three years to support the center's research on connected and automated vehicles.

The center is building a 32-acre test facility in Ann Arbor. It also is expanding an earlier test fleet of nearly 3,000 connected vehicles in Ann Arbor to 9,000.

The connectivity project, funded primarily by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, is backed by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and Michigan DOT. Eventually the Ann Arbor test will become part of a vehicle-to-vehicle system supporting 20,000 connected cars and trucks across southeastern Michigan.

The founding members of the MTC Leadership Circle are Delphi, Denso, Econolite, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Iteris, Nissan, Bosche, State Farm, Toyota, Verizon and Xerox.