ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Navistar International is one of several founding partners that yesterday launched the University of Michigan’s new MCity test site for connected and autonomous vehicles.
MCity is a 32-acre simulated urban and suburban environment featuring a network of roads and intersections with traffic signs, streetlights, building facades, sidewalks and construction obstacles.
It will be operated by the University of Michigan’s Mobility Transformation Center, which will look to implement a connected and automated mobility system on the streets of southeastern Michigan by 2021.
“This is an exciting opportunity for Navistar to leverage our leadership in connected vehicle technologies and collaborate with others in the industry to make connected transportation a reality,” said Denny Mooney, Navistar group vice-president, global product development. “The innovation of today’s connected vehicle technologies will drive significant improvements in the way people, goods and services move throughout society – and we’re proud to play an important role in this transformation.”
Navistar is a founding member of the Mobility Transformation Center’s Leadership Circle and the only heavy-duty truck manufacturer participating in the initiative. Other Leadership Circle member companies include: Honda, Ford, General Motors, Qualcomm, State Farm, Toyota, Verizon and others.