Kettering’s new research center will help transform Flint, put the world on autonomous wheels

Today was a significant day in the history of Flint, Michigan and our state’s future in mobility.

Lt. Governor Calley was in Flint to help open the first phase of the GM Mobility Research Center — a new state-of-the-art test facility for autonomous vehicles.

The GM Center for Mobility at Kettering University will be a center for autonomous vehicles.

This project, which is being completed in multiple phases, will transform a industrial brownfield into a 3.25 acre test track for autonomous vehicles. The GM Mobility Center is more than a racetrack. The center will be open for students, and companies to research and develop vehicle technology.

Today innovation requires broadband. And lots of it. Kettering has the distinction as the only university in the country operating a private 4G LTE Advanced cellular network infrastructure.

At Kettering, researchers will have a network that is 10 times faster than current cellular networks.

By creating a space for automotive innovation, Flint will become attract jobs and investment. The US Economic Development understands this, and granted $1.9 million for phase two of the project.

LG Calley also met with students from Kettering’s Motorsports team at the ribbon cutting, who let him test out the race car they designed and built.

Check out more photos from the event here.