U-M has established the Michigan Mobility Transformation Center as a partnership with government and industry to dramatically improve the safety, accessibility and sustainability of modern transportation. The partnership places Ann Arbor and Michigan at the forefront of research into connected vehicles and vehicle systems.
The model deployment will build, in part, on a $25 million study for the U.S. Department of Transportation now underway at U-M Transportation Research Institute. Researchers there have outfitted nearly 3,000 private cars, trucks and buses in Ann Arbor with wireless devices to communicate information that can alert drivers in potential crash situations to each other as well as to similar devices located at intersections, curves and freeway sites in the area.
Business Leaders for Michigan has identified becoming a “global center for mobility” as one of the six strategies with the most potential to grow the economy.