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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.

Beyond the Headlines!

“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…)