Michigan's test facilities and infrastructure
PlanetM’s network of industry leaders, universities, private and public organizations, and governments has allowed our partners to work together on various projects and connected automated vehicle (CAV) technology tests and demonstrations. Below are just a few of Michigan’s facilities, features, and successful collaborative demonstrations that have showcased and tested CAV technology.
The American Center for Mobility (ACM)
The ACM is located at the historic Willow Run site in Ypsilanti where B-24 bombers were made in a factory built by Henry Ford during World War II. Continuing this spirit of innovation, the ACM is a non-profit testing, education, and product development facility and proving ground for future mobility.
The 500-acre facility was designed to enable safe validation and certification of CAV technology, and features many unique structures such as a high speed loop, double overpasses, off-road, urban, rural, residential and commercial environments. Additionally, its unique geographical location also allows testing in the all-weather environment that Michigan can provide during all seasons, as well as day and night testing. These features, among others, make the ACM a state of the art national testing facilities for companies looking to advance the future of mobility.
Founding partners of the ACM include Toyota Motor North America and Ford Motor Company, and AT&T is the facility’s official and exclusive cellular network provider. Since the facility’s grand opening in early 2018 more companies, such as Microsoft and several automotive manufacturers, have partnered with the ACM to advance the testing and validation of mobility technology.
To learn more about the ACM, visit www.acmwillowrun.org.
Located in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan, the Mcity Test Facility is the world’s first purpose-built proving ground for testing connected and automated vehicles and technologies under controlled, realistic conditions.
The facility sits on a 32-acre site on U-M's North Campus and simulates the broad range of complexities vehicles encounter in urban and suburban environments. It includes about 16 acres of roads, traffic infrastructure, and obstacles such as construction barriers.
The test facility is operated by Mcity, a public-private initiative led by U-M that also funds research and works with partners to deploy connected and automated vehicles on public roads. Mcity fosters collaboration among nearly 60 industry partners, and has invested $24 million in CAV research and deployment projects.
Mcity is also home to the Mcity Driverless Shuttle research project, using electric, driverless, shuttles manufactured by French firm NAVYA. The shuttle transports U-M students, faculty, and staff on a one-mile round trip route at the university's North Campus Research Complex.
To learn more about Mcity, visit mcity.umich.edu.
Michigan Department of Transportation
Michigan is home to the largest deployment of Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) technology in the United States called the Smart Corridor. Smart corridors use cameras, sensors, and big data to help drivers avoid construction, spend less time in traffic, and stay safer.
In the Smart Corridor there are over 100 Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) roadside units are deployed across Southeast Michigan on more than 120 miles of roadway.
Southeast Michigan Transportation Operations Center (SEMTOC)
SEMTOC provides 24/7/365 monitoring for more than 400 freeway miles of freeway and arterial roadway within Michigan. It is also the home of MDOTs Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) technology applications in southeastern Michigan with:
- Over 241 Closed Circuit TV Cameras.
- Over 94 Dynamic Message Signs.
- Over 144 Microwave Vehicle Detection Sensors in conjunction with Probe Traffic Detectors.