Rep. Alexander discusses Mcity involvement with autonomous vehicles

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State Rep. Julie Alexander, this week discussed the importance of Mcity in Ann Arbor after a presentation about the impact of autonomous vehicles on transportation.

State Rep. Jeff Noble (left), State Rep. Michael Webber, State Rep. Julie Alexander and Senator Phil Pavlov with an autonomous vehicle.

Huei Peng and Carrie Morton of Mcity discussed research and outlined the vision of how autonomous vehicles will revolutionize transportation during Tuesday’s presentation.

Laurel Champion, COO of the American Center for Mobility (ACM), discussed the focus on testing and connectivity of autonomous vehicles.

“Education and training will be vital to provide a skilled workforce needed for these technologies to be implemented,” said Rep. Alexander, of Hanover. “These collaborative efforts between business, educational institutes, state and national units of government will keep Michigan in the forefront of transportation advancement.”

Mcity has created a public-private partnership to work on connected and automated mobility systems. There are more than 65 industry partners with $16 million invested in research and over 100 students involved in Mcity activities on the University of Michigan campus.

The American Center for Mobility is a non-profit testing and product development facility for future transportation development. The facility is located at the historic 335-acre Willow Run site in Ypsilanti Township in southeast Michigan.

An automated vehicle uses a variety of sensors to collect data about the surrounding environment. Maps and GPS help guide the vehicle. Onboard computers analyze the data collected by the sensors, as well as the mapping data, to determine the best course.