Rep Webber tours autonomous vehicle lab to focus on new transportation

first_img23Aug Rep. Webber tours autonomous vehicle lab to focus on new transportation Categories: Webber News State Rep. Michael Webber, of Rochester Hills, this week toured the autonomous vehicle facility at Mcity in Ann Arbor. The Michigan House and Senate Transportation and Infrastructure had a joint committee meeting Tuesday to discuss the importance of new transportation technology.State Rep. Jeff Noble (left), State Rep. Michael Webber, State Rep. Julie Alexander and Senator Phil Pavlov with an autonomous vehicleHuei Peng and Carrie Morton of Mcity discussed research and outlined the vision of how autonomous vehicles will revolutionize transportation.Laurel Champion, COO of the American Center for Mobility (ACM), discussed the focus on testing and connectivity of autonomous vehicles.“Autonomous vehicles will reduce vehicle fatalities and injuries by as much as 90 percent,” said Rep. Webber, who is vice chair of the House committee. “Drivers will be warned of emerging dangerous situations and prevent accidents from occurring. New technological advancements will help keep Michigan drivers safe.”Mcity has created a public-private partnership to work on connected and automated mobility systems. There are more than 65 industry partners with $16 million invested in research and over 100 students involved in Mcity activities on the University of Michigan campus.The American Center for Mobility is a non-profit testing and product development facility for future transportation development. The facility is located at the historic 335-acre Willow Run site in Ypsilanti Township in southeast Michigan.An automated vehicle uses a variety of sensors to collect data about the surrounding environment. Maps and GPS help guide the vehicle. Onboard computers analyze the data collected by the sensors, as well as the mapping data, to determine the best course.###last_img

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