Ann Arbor could get driverless vehicles by 2021

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

According to the AP, the University of Michigan is working with auto industry and government officials on plans to bring a fleet of networked, driverless vehicles to Ann Arbor by 2021.

The goal of the Mobility Transformation Center was detailed in an announcement Friday.

Peter Sweatman, director of the Ann Arbor school's Transportation Research Institute, says that the project would make the city a leader in 21st century mobility. He says an aim is to ensure that such vehicles can be safe, effective and commercially successful.

A connected vehicle project, called Safety Pilot, involves about 3,000 area residents in networked vehicles. And last month, University of Michigan officials green-lighted a $6.5 million facility for testing automated vehicles that's designed to simulate a cityscape.


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