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Mobility case studies & demos in Michigan


NAVYA autonomous bus

University of Michigan’s testing facility, Mcity, is home to the ARMA driverless electric shuttle bus. Manufactured by French firm NAVYA, an affiliate member of Mcity, the shuttle holds 15 passengers and utilizes LiDAR sensors and GPS localization to navigate autonomously. In addition to testing at Mcity, NAVYA will also be opening its first North American assembly plant in Saline, Michigan with a goal to build 15 – 20 autonomous electric ARMA shuttles.

Beginning in fall 2017, the shuttle bus that will provide transportation for staff, faculty, and students on University of Michigan’s North Campus.

Magna and Continental cross-border drive

In August of 2017, Continental AG and Magna International Inc. each test drove automated vehicles over 300 miles with two international border crossings along the way. This called for partnerships across borders as well, and included PlanetM, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), and Ontario Ministry of Transportation (OMT).

The two cars drove almost completely automated during the drive, and Magna and Continental had the opportunity to test the CAV technology in conditions not offered in traditional testing facilities or roadways. They crossed under the Detroit Windsor Tunnel into Canada, where the cars would not have access to GPS signal, and took the Blue Water Bridge back into Michigan where the technology interacted with the infrastructure that consisted almost entirely of metal.

The cars ended their journey in Traverse City where a memorandum of understanding was signed between MDOT and OMT that would promote continued leadership and growth in the CAV industry in the Great Lakes Region. 

TARDEC autonomous drive

The U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC) demonstrated its latest platooning technology during a test drive between Port Huron, Michigan to Sarnia, Ontario, crossing the Blue Water Bridge twice between the two countries.

The convoy of vehicles included two M915 tractors equipped with TARDEC’s Autonomous Mobility Appliqué Systems. This technology includes driver-warning features and semiautonomous driving that drives the vehicle along a pre-programmed path. TARDEC also tested their autonomous steering and leader-follower platooning technologies that enables the lead vehicle to “talk” and give instructions to the follower vehicles. This technology allows the vehicles to follow closely together, brake, accelerate, and steer according to the lead truck’s actions.