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“Look, Ma, no driver!” Autonomous Vehicle Testing in Michigan is Happening Close to Home

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The driverless car—or autonomous vehicle—may have once seemed like a far-off fantasy. However, the technology needed to make them a mainstream reality is being steadily developed and tested globally, including right in the backyards of Washtenaw County residents.

Autonomous vehicle testing in Michigan is growing, and Washtenaw County is playing an integral role. In 2015, the Mcity Test Facility was opened on U-M’s North Campus, a partnership between the Michigan Department of Transportation and University of Michigan, for autonomous vehicle testing. Governor Rick Snyder announced earlier this year that the State plans to buy the former Willow Run Powertrain plant in Ypsilanti Township to create an autonomous vehicle research facility. This is good news for the Washtenaw County area in terms of job growth in the automotive and technology sectors and potential federal funding for research into autonomous vehicle testing in Michigan.

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