Government

The MTC is working closely with several governmental organizations, including:

U.S. Department of Transportation

U-M has had a long-standing partnership with USDOT, conducting a wide range of federally funded research in motor vehicle safety and efficiency. Most recently, UM’s Transportation Research Institute conducted the Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot Model Deployment study for USDOT, a $31 million effort to assess the potential of connected vehicle technology for enhancing safety. The project involved equipping nearly 3,000 private cars, trucks and buses, along with selected sites along the roadway in and around Ann Arbor, with wireless communications devices. This project is being extended for up to 3 additional years.  MTC will expand it even further to embrace as many as 9,000 vehicles and the infrastructure across the entire city and surrounding freeways.

Former US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood (left) discusses connected vehicle research with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and MTC Director Peter Sweatman.

Michigan Department of Transportation

Michigan is a leader in deploying intelligent transportation systems and U-M has collaborated with MDOT in the evaluation of ITS, including the use of probe vehicle data for management of the highway network. MDOT worked closely with U-M on the design of the Michigan Mobility Transformation Facility (MTF), a unique simulated urban environment for testing connected and automated vehicle systems. MDOT has provided $3M in  funding to support the construction of the facility. In addition, MDOT and U-M will work closely on the development and implementation of the Southeast Michigan Connected Vehicle Deployment, which will provide a platform for MTC research involving nearly 20,000 equipped vehicles on highways across the entire region. 

City of Ann Arbor

With the implementation of the Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot Model Deployment in August 2012, the streets of Ann Arbor became the world’s largest test bed for evaluating the potential of connected  vehicles and infrastructure technology. The on-going support and cooperation of the city at many levels is critical to the success of the MTC, and to further progress in deploying advanced technologies for safety, mobility, and efficiency with the assistance Ann Arbor’s volunteers to provide rapid learning cycles. The ability to exercise the technology on a large scale with a large and diverse cohort of users is critical to the commercial viability of connected and automated systems.

Michigan Economic Development Corporation

As the state’s non-profit economic development organization, the MEDC has identified the MTC as a major new collaboration that will help stimulate advances in connected and automated vehicles and position the state as a leader in the field.