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American Center For Mobility Opens In Washtenaw County

Apr 4, 2018

The American Center for Mobility is officially open for business in Ypsilanti Township.

 


Over 100 people attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday morning at the historic Willow Run site.  The 500-acre site is now being used to test autonomous vehicles.  

Governor Rick Snyder attended the event and said safety is key, especially after a woman was struck and killed by a self-driving Uber car in Arizona.

"As they go through the analysis of what happened in Arizona, that needs to be a learning experience that all the industry, all the academic people need to look to, to say, how do you prevent that situation from happening again."

The facility includes a 2.5-mile highway loop and 700-foot curved tunnel among other road features.  It was announced that Microsoft will provide the center with cloud resources and data infrastructure.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu