Mcity collaborates with government at all levels in the pursuit of innovation for the public good, setting regulations and developing infrastructure.
City of Ann Arbor
With the implementation of the Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot Model Deployment in August 2012, the streets of Ann Arbor became the world’s largest test bed for evaluating the potential of connected vehicles and infrastructure technology. The on-going support and cooperation of the city at many levels is critical to the success of Mcity, and to further progress in deploying advanced technologies for safety, mobility, and efficiency with the assistance Ann Arbor’s volunteers to provide rapid learning cycles. The ability to exercise the technology on a large scale with a large and diverse cohort of users is critical to the commercial viability of connected and automated systems.
Planet M represents the collective mobility efforts of organizations and communities across Michigan around the technologies and services keeping the state at the forefront of research, development and deployment. Planet M includes unique partnerships with the community, private firms, and with universities and technical colleges to prepare students for the new transportation technology marketplace.
Mcity is a partner in Planet M.
Michigan Department of Transportation
Michigan is a leader in deploying intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and U-M has collaborated with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) in the evaluation of ITS, including the use of probe vehicle data for management of the highway network. MDOT worked closely with U-M on the design of the Mcity Testing Facility, a unique simulated urban environment for testing connected and automated vehicle systems, and provided funding to support construction of the facility. In addition, MDOT and U-M work closely on the development and implementation of connected vehicle test beds in Southeast Michigan which will provide a platform for research involving vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications on highways across the region.
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
As the state’s non-profit economic development organization, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) has identified Mcity as a major collaborator that will help stimulate advances in connected and automated vehicles and position the state as a leader in the field.
American Center for Mobility
The American Center for Mobility (ACM), located at the 530-acre historic Willow Run site in Ypsilanti Township in Southeast Michigan, is a non-profit testing, education and product development facility for future mobility.
ACM is located less than 20 miles from the Mcity. The two operations complement each other. Mcity is focused on pre-competitive research projects, education, and living lab vehicle deployments, while ACM’s priorities are testing the readiness of new technologies and enabling safe validation and self-certification of connected and automated vehicle technology.
U.S. Department of Transportation
U-M has had a long-standing partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation, conducting a wide range of federally funded research in motor vehicle safety and efficiency. Currently, Mcity is supporting the Ann Arbor Connected Vehicle Test Environment (AACVTE), a $13 million federally funded project being conducted and operated by the U-M Transportation Research Institute. The AACVTE is a real-world implementation of connected vehicle technologies being used by thousands of drivers in and around Ann Arbor, Michigan. Connected vehicle technology allows vehicles to communicate wirelessly with each other and with infrastructure such as traffic signals. The information gathered from this study can be used for certain safety applications – such as collision warning systems – sustainability initiatives, and may one day be used to help guide automated vehicles.
U.S. Department of Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy (U.S. DOE) awarded a $2.7 million grant to Mcity researchers in 2015 to study the potential energy savings of connected and automated vehicles. This is the first connected and automated vehicle project funded by U.S. DOE. The U-M Transportation Institute is participating in the research, along with U.S. DOE’s Argonne and Idaho national labs.