Today, the University of Michigan opened Mcity, the world’s first controlled environment specifically designed to test the potential of connected and automated vehicle technologies that will lead the way to mass-market driverless cars.

“We believe that this transformation to connected and automated mobility will be a game changer for safety, for efficiency, for energy, and for accessibility,” said Peter Sweatman, director of the U-M Mobility Transformation Center. “Our cities will be much better to live in, our suburbs will be much better to live in. These technologies truly open the door to 21st century mobility.”

Mcity was designed and developed by U-M’s interdisciplinary MTC, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).

MTC is working closely with 15 Leadership Circle member companies, each investing $1 million over three years, and engaging in thought leadership. Thirty-three Affiliate Members are also contributing, and investing $150,000 over three years. Current Leadership Circle companies are:

    • Delphi Automotive PLC
    • DENSO Corporation
    • Econolite Group, Inc.
    • Ford Motor Co.
    • General Motors Co.
    • Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    • Iteris, Inc.
    • Navistar, Inc.
    • Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    • Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
    • Robert Bosch LLC
    • State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    • Toyota Motor Corp.
    • Verizon Communications, Inc.
    • Xerox Corp.

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