A new facility for the testing and development of autonomous cars is to be established in Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA, according to The Detroit News. It will be called the American Center for Mobility and will be in place of a former General Motors powertrain plant in Ypsilanti Township.
Last year, the federal Economic Development Administration awarded a US$247,000 grant toward the center at the 330-acre site.
Debbie Dingell, the Dearborn Democrat whose district includes the Willow Run site, said, “We want to make sure that we’re developing the technology of the future here in Michigan, and connected and automated vehicles have the potential to revolutionize transportation over the next decade.
“This investment shows that the state will continue to lead the way in research, development and deployment of these new technologies, and we will continue to work with leaders in both state and federal government, the auto industry, the University of Michigan, and other stakeholders to move this project forward.”
Jay Williams, administrator of the US Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration, said, “We’re excited about the prospects of being able to make some investments there in terms of some of the infrastructure and some of the planning.”
February 3, 2016