07.20.15

Detroit Free Press: U-M opens $10M test city for driverless vehicle research

Billed as a linchpin of Michigan's strategy to preserve its dominant role in automotive technology's future, MCity is designed to accelerate development of inter-vehicle communication and driverless cars.

MCity, the new research hub for autonomous and connected vehicle technology, had its coming out party today in Ann Arbor.

Billed as a linchpin to preserve southeast Michigan's dominance in automotive technology's future, MCity is designed to accelerate development of inter-vehicle communication and driverless cars. This is a rapidly emerging engineering realm which features such newcomers as Google, Tesla and Apple who threaten to shift the auto industry's core westward.

"I recently visited Google's headquarters and I rode in one of their cars," U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., said. "After coming to this place I can tell you they've got nothing on us. We're not going to let Silicon Valley take this technology away. This is the center of the universe for automotive technology."

Peters also noted that MCity was opening on the 46th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and Neil Armstrong's historic walk.


By:  Greg Gardner