April saw the grand opening of the American Center for Mobility (ACM) at the historic Willow Run site in Ypsilanti Township, MI, to advance the testing and development of connected and automated vehicles. Microsoft was announced as the exclusive data and cloud provider for the center as it joined other companies supporting ACM, including its founders AT&T, Visteon, Toyota, Ford, and Hyundai, and sponsors Subaru and Adient.

The diverse and growing group of stakeholders and world-class partners reinforce ACM’s claim as the preeminent global hub for mobility companies to develop and test their CAV technologies and vehicles in a safe and controlled environment. Located on a 500-acre site that once housed a World War II bomber plant, it is one of 10 U.S. federally designated proving grounds for developing and testing self-driving vehicles.

The center is designed to provide myriad real-world environments with the ability to test under a range of driving environments and infrastructure. The grand opening coincided with the start of ACM’s next phase of construction to add an urban intersection followed by a series of building facades and additional urbanized infrastructure expected by the end of the year.

The center is a joint initiative with the State of Michigan founded in partnership with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), the University of Michigan, Business Leaders for Michigan, Ann Arbor SPARK, and Ypsilanti Township. The American Center for Mobility is part of PlanetM, a collaboration made up of private industry, government, and institutions of higher learning.

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