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Construction Underway at the American Center for Mobility at Willow Run

Construction has begun at the American Center for Mobility at Willow Run, with Michigan-based Angelo Iafrate Construction Company overseeing the first phase of work on the state-of-the-art connected and automated vehicle proving ground.

The first phase of construction - a 2.5-mile highway loop with on- and off-ramps, a 700’ curved tunnel, a customer garage and an operations center - will be completed and open for testing in December 2017.

“The American Center for Mobility is attracting worldwide interest from private and public entities that have a need for developing and testing advanced connected and driverless vehicle technologies. We’ve been rapidly crafting this world-class purpose-built facility, with careful consideration of critical features and fidelity to real-world driving conditions,” said John Maddox, president and CEO of the Center. “We feel the Angelo Iafrate Construction Company has the real-world expertise and proven capability necessary to handle a project of this magnitude.”

Concept Photos

Conceptual renderings of some of the features in the first phase of constructionRead more about the initial phase of construction.

Additional $30M in Funding Secured

Construction at the American Center for Mobility began following announcements of a second round of funding, coming in at $30 million. To date, more than half of the $110 million needed to fund the advanced test bed has been secured, and additional private investment announcements are expected soon.

The Michigan Strategic Fund approved a $15 million equity investment to the Willow Run Arsenal of Democracy Landholdings Limited Partnership (WRAD) to begin the first phase of construction April 25, 2017,  and the week prior the MEDC executive committee approved a $15 million loan to support the project and encourage private investment. The Michigan Department of Transportation has also invested $14.5 million to repurpose a portion of US-12 to support the project.

In July 2016, the MSF board approved a $17 million equity investment into WRAD toward continuing operational and development expenses and plans and completing funding for the acquisition of the Willow Run real estate, and in March 2016 the MSF board approved an initial $3 million for start-up costs and expenses for the project.

Ann Arbor SPARK Honors American Center for Mobility

The American Center for Mobility was recognized as Project of the Year at Ann Arbor SPARK's annual meeting in April.

Watch the video about the project and Ann Arbor SPARK's role.

You can also listen to Spark's CEO Podcast featuring John Maddox, ACM president and CEO, and Paul Krutko, SPARK president and CEO, discussing the project and how critical it is for the future of transportation.

Our Impact: Saving Lives

35,092 people died in traffic accidents in 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Traffic fatalities are up more than 7% over 2014, according to NHTSA. Of those, the most significant increases came for pedestrians and bicyclists, according to NHTSA. The American Center for Mobility believes the number of traffic accidents could be reduced 80-90% with the safe deployment of connected and automated vehicles.

The American Center for Mobility is a non-profit testing, education and product development facility for future mobility, designed to enable safe validation and self-certification of connected and automated vehicle technology, and to accelerate the development of voluntary standards. It is a joint initiative with the State of Michigan founded in partnership with the Michigan Department of Transportation, the Michigan Economic Development Corp., the University of Michigan, Business Leaders for Michigan and Ann Arbor SPARK.


The American Center for Mobility is part of the PlanetM collaborative that represents Michigan’s unique infrastructure and leading role in transforming how people and goods are transported. PlanetM members include public-private partnerships and collaborative programs with the common goal of positively contributing to the reinvention of the transportation industry. For more information, visit planetm.com.


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