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Have you ever played with a toy, remote-controlled car?  Would you want to do it if the vehicle was the size and weight of the vehicle you drive? And, you were riding in it?  People are doing that right now, right around the corner from you. What they learn may determine our transportation future. By now, you’ve likely heard of the American Center for Mobility. The testing site in Ypsilanti Township once housed the historic Willow Run bomber plant in the World WAR II era.  It later served as home to The General Motors Power Train plant from the 1950’s until it was closed in 2010.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan has taken a peak behind the curtain to get a look at what may, one day, be considered history-making technology. 


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

 


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The 2018 North American International Auto Show is hosting its media days in Detroit, and this is the role Washtenaw County is playing at the show.


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Governor Rick Snyder was joined by representatives from 15 Michigan colleges and universities today at the American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti Township.  They gathered to make an announcement.


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The University of Michigan will launch a driverless shuttle service this fall on campus after testing it for six months at its Mcity research facility.
 


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If you want to find out more about upcoming construction on Michigan Avenue in Washtenaw County, there is going to be an open house with information later this afternoon.


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President Donald Trump announced today in Ypsilanti Township that he will roll back emission standards set by the Obama administration for the auto industry. 


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Preparations are underway in Ypsilanti Township, in advance of a visit Wednesday by President Donald Trump.


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The former Willow Run Powertrain Plant in Ypsilanti Township will soon be the site of a new autonomous vehicle testing facility. The project took a step forward Friday with the creation of a non-profit to manage the site.