Michigan is uniquely positioned to lead the world in the development and integration of automotive technology that will define 21st century intelligent mobility. In 2014, Michigan led the United States in connected vehicle projects (45), a growth of 50 percent over the previous year and 30 percent more than the next closest state.
- Former Willow Run Powertrain Plant – Proposed home for a technologically advanced connected vehicle research center, a project that could become a hub of research and development for the vehicles of tomorrow and a catalyst for jobs in innovative automotive research.
- The Smart Corridor – Expected to be in place by 2017, General Motors Co. is joining forces with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), the University of Michigan’s Mobility Transformation Center (MTC) and other automakers to create V2I-enabled corridors on 120 miles of Metro Detroit roadways, the largest deployment of V2I technology in the United States.
Michigan is an iconic automotive hub – from a strong technical workforce to innovative companies to effective OEM and supplier relationships – it truly is the best place for industry growth. That’s why at IAV, we’re proud to have an expanding presence in Michigan. This includes bringing our highly automated driving expertise here, to the Great Lakes State, to assist in building a robust, intelligent mobility infrastructure. Leveraging the extensive automotive resources and talent pool in the region will further illustrate the state’s key leadership position in developing state-of-the-art driving systems and its role in advancing the industry as it pursues intelligent mobility success.
– Andy Ridgway, President, IAV Automotive Engineering Inc.