Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) and the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) have announced plans to provide a $5 million contribution to support the American Center for Mobility (ACM), a development facility for the testing of connected and automated vehicle technologies.
As a contributor, Toyota will join a government-industry team supporting ACM initiatives to create a large-scale test environment in Southeast Michigan where companies can test connected and automated vehicle technologies in a safe and controlled environment.
“We are excited to be the first automaker joining this effort to create a test ground for advanced vehicle technologies in our backyard,” said Jeff Makarewicz, group vice president Safety and Vehicle Performance at TMNA Research & Development Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
“Together with industry and government partners, we would like to set a direction to realize connected and automated vehicles to help improve safety and mobility.”
“As we move forward with the development of autonomous cars, we must remember that not all test miles are created equal,” said Gill Pratt, CEO of Toyota Research Institute.
“The road to creating a car as safe, or safer, than a human driver will require billions of test miles including simulation, real-world driving on public roads, and closed-course testing where we can expose our systems to extreme circumstances and conditions.
“The new ACM closed-course facility is a significant step forward in this journey and will accelerate our ability to help prevent crashes and save lives.”