The Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI) is entering into a long-term partnership with the American Center for Mobility (ACM) to support the advancement of connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technology. As one of ACM's founder-level sponsors, HATCI says it will contribute $5 million to support the creation of a collaborative test environment in Southeast Michigan.
Located at the Willow Run site in Ypsilanti Township, ACM is creating a proving ground where companies will collaborate to develop CAV and future mobility technologies, as well as work on standards and education programs.
"Hyundai's investment supporting ACM strengthens our long-term commitment to the advancement of safety and mobility through automated vehicle technology. Working together with industry, academia, and government provides a collaborative environment to support new and innovative mobility solutions," said Andy Freels, President, HATCI.
HATCI says the creation of the testing environment, located near the company's engineering headquarters, will enhance its development and validation of advanced driver assistance systems and CAV technologies. The ACM facility is designed to provide testing under unique and extreme conditions in a repeatable and controlled environment to improve the safety of these systems for the customer.
Testing emphases will include sensor technology development; vehicle/infrastructure communication; specification development for infrastructure scenarios such as rural, residential, highway, overpasses, off-road, and urban; and severe test conditions featuring various weather situations.
"We have been working closely with Hyundai and are thrilled they have decided to take the next step with this significant investment to further our collaboration," said John Maddox, President and CEO, ACM. "The Hyundai team has some unique developments they are working on, and we are eager to help them achieve their goals."
The contribution from Hyundai brings ACM's fundraising total to $101 million to develop the 500-acre state-of-the-art testing site at Willow Run. The center's first phase of construction is nearing completion, and the testing and validation, product development, education, and standards facility will open in December.
Hyundai joins other ACM founders AT&T, Toyota, and Ford, which announced their support of ACM earlier this year. The ACM project is a joint initiative with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, State of Michigan, Michigan Department of Transportation, the University of Michigan, Business Leaders for Michigan, and Ann Arbor Spark.