We Can Do It! Again. In Michigan.

The Willow Run bomber plant near Ypsilanti was mentioned in Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State Address this year because a new and exciting era is on the verge of beginning there.

The site, known as “the plant that won the war,” was the main source of production for U.S. B-24 bombers during WWII.

Willow Run is an ideal canvas for auto manufacturers and suppliers to test the next generation of autonomous and connected vehicles.

MCity at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, is currently the most comprehensive research and testing facility of its kind in America. The Willow Run site, with more than 335 acres of land, roads, overpasses and a wide variety of weather conditions, provides an ideal location for expansion of the MCity concept, which has already taken off in leaps and bounds.

Michigan is well known for the automotive industry that started and continues to thrive here. What many people don’t realize is that Michigan also has the highest density of automotive research, innovation and industry in the world.

That’s why Michigan, and Willow Run specifically, are the ideal location for a research, development and testing facility for connected and automated vehicles.

The new facility, dubbed “The American Center for Mobility,” is garnering significant commitments from state, university and private sector resources.

Steve Arwood, CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, recently told a reporter that the project “is the reuse of an American icon that is functionally troubled in terms of redevelopment.”

“The car is becoming as much about the iPhone I carry in my pocket and that type of technology as it is actually driving it. It’s an area of technology that will be the next generation of our auto heritage here in Michigan.” ~ Steve Arwood, CEO, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Vehicles are becoming computers on wheels. Michigan once led a revolution of mobility when it drove the country into the 20th Century. Now it’s time for our state to drive the evolution of mobility automation that will take this country into the next century and beyond.

Proposed layout courtesy of The American Center for Mobility.
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