The American Center for Mobility (ACM) last week opened its proving grounds for testing, welcoming Visteon Corporation and Toyota Research Institute to begin their testing operations.
The 500-acre Willow Run site was purchased by the State of Michigan to be a state-of-the-art testing facility for connected and automated vehicles.
Visteon, which has begun testing the implementation of autonomous highway functionality for its DriveCore autonomous driving platform, faced an immediate challenge – one of Southeast Michigan’s first snowfalls. Among other areas, the company is using ACM to test and validate autonomous driving algorithms, as well as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure technology and functionality, integrated with autonomous driving.
ACM founders AT&T, Visteon, Toyota, Ford and Hyundai America Technical Center Inc. will have initial priority for testing at the site.
“We are excited to be open for testing and to have our Founders already leveraging the assets of this facility,” said John Maddox, President and CEO of the Center.
“Opening our doors is just the beginning as we continue to develop the American Center for Mobility into a global hub for CAV and future mobility technologies to put self-driving cars on America’s roads safely,” continued Maddox.