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In partnership with private industry, academia and governments Michigan is utilizing its talent and resources to further research on how vehicle to vehicle and vehicle to infrastructure systems operate. The result is improved safety and mobility with applications that operate in concert with crash avoidance technologies that are currently available to consumers. Why Michigan?

"The past several decades of auto safety have been dedicated to surviving crashes, but the future will be about avoiding crashes. That is what connected vehicles are all about."

—RITA Deputy Administrator Greg Winfree

Eight major automotive manufacturers are providing support for research through partnering agreements: Ford Motor Company, General Motors LLC., Honda R&D Americas, Inc., Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center, Inc., Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America, Inc., Nissan Technical Center North America, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

VIDEO: State Transportation Director Kirk Steudle and state and local officials speak about autonomous and connected vehicle development in Michigan, including Mcity and Willow Run.