Automated vehicle test site gets industry partners
May 6, 2014 | AP The University of Michigan says General Motors, Ford and Toyota are among industry partners for an automated vehicle testing site that's designed to simulate a cityscape.
A groundbreaking is Tuesday for the Michigan Mobility Transformation Center, which is scheduled to be completed this fall. Last year, the university's regents approved the $6.5 million, roughly 30-acre driverless car testing site near the school's North Campus.
Other companies involved include Bosch, Econolite and Xerox. The school wants Ann Arbor to be home to a shared fleet of networked, driverless vehicles by 2021.
Ann Arbor is the location of an ongoing experiment involving so-called talking cars. Thousands of wirelessly connected cars, buses, trucks and motorcycles are operating as a part of a study conducted by the university's Transportation Research Institute.
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