The scope of our work goes beyond technology and test tracks. Discovery and collaboration at Mcity draws from the expertise of faculty and researchers in areas of study throughout the U-M community such as engineering, public policy, law, business, social sciences, and urban planning.

From Pilot Projects to Policy

Our approach to testing and demonstrating technologies builds on the experience U-M gained conducting the Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot Model Deployment, a visionary $31 million program conceived and funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. For the Safety Pilot, U-M Transportation Research Institute researchers equipped nearly 3,000 private cars, trucks, and buses in Ann Arbor, along with selected intersections, curves, and freeway sites in the northeastern quadrant of the city, with Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) devices. These devices communicate information such as vehicle position, speed, and direction of travel that can be used to alert drivers of potential crash situations. Data gathered and archived from this model deployment project is being used to inform current policy decisions by the USDOT.

Public-Private Partnership

“Testing Ford’s autonomous vehicle fleet at Mcity provides another challenging, yet safe, urban environment to repeatedly check and hone these new technologies. This is an important step in making millions of people’s lives better and improving their mobility as we work toward delivering fully capable, autonomous vehicles.”

RAJ NAIR Executive Vice President, Global Product Development and Chief Technology Officer, Ford Motor Company