State Rep. Triston Cole, of Mancelona, Tuesday visited the autonomous vehicle facility at Mcity in Ann Arbor with the Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to discuss the new technology for drivers.
Huei Peng and Carrie Morton of Mcity discussed research and outlined the vision of how autonomous vehicles will revolutionize transportation.
Laurel Champion, COO of the American Center for Mobility (ACM), discussed the focus on testing and connectivity of autonomous vehicles.
“I’m excited with the direction transportation is going with autonomous vehicles,” said Rep. Cole, who chairs the House committee. “Autonomous vehicles should be able to lower freight transportation costs and reduce the amount of land needed for parking. Technology is moving fast and there will be significant breakthroughs in transportation in the near future.”
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.