Mcity is leading the transition to a new world of connected and automated vehicles. Our work goes beyond technology. Mcity’s researchers, collaborators, and partners take a multidisciplinary approach, considering all aspects of the future of transportation and mobility, such as the impact on business, infrastructure, and society.



Number of industry partners

$16 million

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Number of vehicles in Ann Arbor Connected Vehicle Test Environment – world's largest deployment


Number of U-M faculty involved in Mcity-funded research

Driving the Future of Mobility

At Mcity, the University of Michigan (U-M) brings together partners from industry, government, and academia to develop the foundation for an ecosystem of connected and automated vehicles for moving people and goods. Such a system has the potential to dramatically improve safety, sustainability, and accessibility.

U-M created Mcity to cultivate the diverse expertise and resources required to realize the potential of emerging mobility technologies, culminating in the implementation of a working system of connected and automated vehicles in Ann Arbor by 2021.

The Key To Mcity

Three aspects of Mcity make it uniquely positioned to lead the revolution in mobility:


Mcity has created a public-private partnership to work on connected and automated mobility systems. Federal, state, and local governments, along with a wide variety of industries, will shape the future of mobility.


Mcity provides testing at our one-of-a-kind proving ground simulating the complexities of an urban environment, and through on-road vehicle deployments in Ann Arbor and Southeast Michigan, working with our partners including the U-M Transportation Research Institute.


Mcity draws on the broad expertise of U-M and its partners to address the host of legal, political, social, regulatory, economic, urban planning, and business issues that must be addressed to devise and implement practical systems that take advantage of emerging technologies.

Mcity will accelerate progress by working with partners to:

  • Envision the future and identify challenges
  • Conduct research on new technologies and innovations
  • Show how new concepts and technologies can be integrated into a new mobility system
  • Use both off-roadway and on-roadway test beds to evaluate innovations
  • Address social, economic, regulatory, and policy issues key to the implementation of a mobility system
  • Educate new generations of students prepared to continue the process of innovation in mobility
  • Identify new business opportunities

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“We’ve been a world leader in innovation, especially in terms of mobility. We put the world on wheels. We transformed how the world moved. Michigan is uniquely positioned to continue to be a leader in mobility, and the University of Michigan’s Mcity is playing a critical role in that future.”

RICK SNYDER Governor, State of Michigan