The United States Department of Transportation has designated the American Center for Mobility at Willow Run as a national proving ground.
“We couldn’t be more proud, excited or ready to move forward to help lead the safe deployment of automated technologies and vehicles onto our roads,” said John Maddox, President and CEO of the American Center for Mobility (ACM). “Our state-of-the-art global center for testing, education and product development for connected and automated vehicles and future mobility fits seamlessly with the USDOT’s vision and we are honored to have been selected.”
Located at the famous and innovative Willow Run site, the Center will be a purpose-built facility that leverages Michigan’s unmatched mobility expertise.
"I'm pleased to see this milestone achieved, and to see the Willow Run site continue to move forward in its transformation from blight to new potential," said Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK. "It is gratifying to be able to attract global attention to the Ann Arbor region, tied to the future of the automotive industry. Going forward, Ann Arbor SPARK will continue to work with the incredible ACM team, and actively pursue companies to locate here to research and develop mobility technology."
"ACM's progress is exciting; the Township has been and remains committed to redeveloping this historic and critical site in our community," added Brenda L. Stumbo, Ypsilanti Township Supervisor. "We've been on the forefront of mobility since the days of Henry Ford, who built the Willow Run factory, and can further that legacy by supporting what's ahead for mobility and transportation."
National Designation for ACM a Long Time in the Making - Blog by Paul Krutko, President & CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK