MLive: Senator lauds auto research during Kettering stop

FLINT, MI -- U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., said the automotive research taking place at Kettering University will keep Michigan on the map as car capital of the world.

"The work being done at Kettering University will further solidify Michigan's status as the auto capital of the world in this new age of mobility, and I am committed to supporting this work at the federal level," Peters said in a statement.

The senator visited Kettering University's automotive research testing grounds and laboratories Monday, June 20.

He toured the university's Crash Safety Center, along with catching a glimpse of the General Motors Foundations Automotive Research Area, which is expected to be completed in 2017.

A blighted 19-acre parcel of Chevy in the Hole at the corner of Chevrolet Avenue and Bluff Street will be transformed into an automotive research area for Kettering students, faculty and other companies.

The General Motors Foundations Automotive Research Area consists of a proving grounds and powertrain research lab, and will allow students and researchers to test and study electric and autonomous vehicles.

The research area was born of a $2 million gift from General Motors and another $2 million from the General Motors Foundation.

By:  Michael Kransz
Source: MLive