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The American Center for Mobility (ACM) has opened its state-of-the-art proving grounds for testing, with Visteon Corporation and Toyota Research Institute being the first on site to begin testing operations.


Located on the 500-acre historic Willow Run site in Ypsilanti Township, ACM is a global center for testing and validation, product development, education and standards work for connected and automated vehicles (CAV) and other technologies.

“We are excited to be open for testing and to have our Founders already leveraging the assets of this facility,” said John Maddox, President and CEO of the Center. “We have been moving rapidly, and along with good input from our Founders, a great deal of work has gone into developing this site. Opening our doors is just the beginning as we continue to develop the American Center for Mobility into a global hub for CAV and future mobility technologies to put self-driving cars on America’s roads safely.”

The U.S. DOT designated proving grounds provides a myriad of real-world environments with the ability to test under varied, yet controlled conditions. Its unmatched range of driving environments and infrastructure includes a 2.5-mile highway loop, a 700-foot curved tunnel, two double overpasses, intersections and roundabouts.

“Just as Michigan put the world on wheels, today we are leading the way in the mobility revolution,” said Governor Rick Snyder. “The American Center for Mobility will be the place where innovations go from the drawing board to the open road. With ACM open for testing we are taking one giant step in the right direction to affirm Michigan’s place as the undisputed leader in mobility.”

On Monday, December 11, 2017, Visteon began testing the implementation of autonomous highway functionality for its DriveCore™ autonomous driving platform in challenging conditions – one of Southeast Michigan’s first snowfalls.

Read more about the opening of ACM and testing.


It was a huge team effort from ACM staff, partners and supporters to achieve the milestone of being open for testing December 11, 2017. Construction began in the spring, and it took an incredible amount of hard work and coordination to complete the first phase of construction while beginning operations to be ready to serve our customers. The support from our Michigan delegation and their teams has been tremendous, and we would like to thank:

Governor Rick Snyder
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell
Senator Gary Peters
Senator Debbie Stabenow
Ypsilanti Township Supervisor Brenda Stumbo


Numerous people helped ACM achieve its goal, and we would like to extend a sincere offer of thanks to the following organizations that made it possible for us to open:

Angelo Iafrate Construction Company
Ann Arbor Spark
Business Leaders for Michigan
DLA Piper
Deloitte Consulting LLP
Federal Highway Administration
Ford Motor Co.
Hyundai America Technical Center
Institute of Transportation Engineers
Mannik Smith Group
Michigan State University
Miller Canfield
NTH Consultants
SAE International
University of Michigan
Washtenaw Community College
Washtenaw County Road Commission
Washtenaw County Water Resources Commission
Wayne County Airport Authority
Willow Run Arsenal of Democracy Landholdings LLP
Weber Shandwick
Yankee Air Museum
Ypsilanti Township


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