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Toyota Steers $5M to New Autonomous Vehicle Test Center Near Detroit

Japanese automaker becomes first car co. to support American Center for Mobility.

by on Aug.01, 2017

Gill Pratt heads up Toyota's efforts to produce an autonomous vehicle. He's enthusiastic about partnering with the American Center for Mobility.

Toyota will contribute $5 million to sponsor the new American Center for Mobility, a 335-acre center in the Detroit suburbs that will be dedicated to the development and testing of autonomous and fully driverless vehicles.

While AT&T announced plans to become the first corporate sponsor of the center back in January, Toyota is the first automaker to publicly commit funding for the facility which is being developed on the site of an old World War II bomber plant in the city of Ypsilanti, Michigan.

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“We are excited to be the first automaker joining this effort to create a test ground for advanced vehicle technologies in our backyard,” Toyota Vice President Jeff Makarewicz, said ahead of an appearance at an industry conference in Traverse City, Michigan. “Together with industry and government partners, we would like to set a direction to realize connected and automated vehicles to help improve safety and mobility.” (more…)

American Center for Mobility Keeps Automotive Focus in Michigan

Silicon Valley sharing top billing for automated vehicle development.

by on Nov.22, 2016

A rendering shows part of the planned layout for the new American Center for Mobility.

The state of Michigan has long been considered the center of the U.S. and even the global auto industry, but it’s facing a stiff challenge from California’s Silicon Valley.

But Michigan is fighting back with the development of a new test for connected and automated autonomous vehicles.

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The American Center for Mobility on the grounds of what of historic Willow Run defense plant in Ypsilanti Township outside of Ann Arbor, which will serve as a center for testing, education and product development for connected and automated vehicles, according to Michigan Gov. Gov. Rick Snyder. (more…)

Deal to Make Arsenal of Democracy the Vanguard of Autonomy Complete

Former Willow Run plant site will used to develop autonomous vehicles.

by on Nov.07, 2016

A rendering shows part of the planned layout for the new American Center for Mobility.

A 300-acre portion of Michigan’s historic manufacturing past is taking another step toward the auto industry’s technological future.

The Willow Run Arsenal of Democracy Landholdings Limited Partnership just completed the $1.2 million purchase of the former Willow Run Assembly Plant near Detroit from RACER Properties LLC, which will allow for the construction of the autonomous testing and development facility of future mobility named the American Center for Mobility.

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The site churned out thousands of bombers during World War II as a key component of the Arsenal of Democracy is now part of an $80 million investment to bring viable autonomous vehicles to the U.S., starting with the use of this site as a testing facility starting in 2018. (more…)