In AV testing, American Center for Mobility looks to maintain area's 'spirit of innovation'Previously the site of plants where bombers were built in World War II, the ACM is now home to a major proving ground for autonomous vehicles.

A stone’s throw from Willow Run Airport, what was once the site of an effort to bolster the country’s fleet of warplanes is now the American Center for Mobility (ACM), representing a new generation of innovation.

Just off U.S. Route 12 in Ypsilanti, MI, the ACM is one of 10 proving grounds for autonomous vehicles (AVs) approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).

With more than 500 acres of space, and big plans to expand its scope and the activities on campus, its leaders are confident the center will be a crucial stepping-stone to AV rollout. "We want to continue that spirit of innovation,” Soraya Kim, ACM’s Chief Innovation Officer, said during a presentation last week at the center.


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