Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) and the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) announced today their intent to support the American Center for Mobility (ACM) as a Founder-level sponsor with a $5 million contribution.
As an ACM contributor, Toyota will be a member of a government-industry team which supports ACM initiatives to create a large-scale test environment in Southeast Michigan where various companies can test their Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) technologies.
Toyota believes the creation of this unique test environment will help support the development
acceleration of innovative CAV technologies, because it allows technologies testing under a safe
and controlled environment.
Toyota believes this initiative will foster further innovation through collaboration with
government and academic partners. Toyota hopes that ACM serves as a catalyst for safer and
more efficient transportation solutions with vehicles equipped with advanced CAV technologies.
“We are excited to be the first automaker joining this effort to create a test ground for advanced
vehicle technologies in our backyard,” said Jeff Makarewicz, Group Vice President Safety and
Vehicle Performance at TMNA Research & Development Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. “Together
with industry and government partners, we would like to set a direction to realize connected and
automated vehicles to help improve safety and mobility.”
“As we move forward with the development of autonomous cars, we must remember that not all
test miles are created equal,” said Gill Pratt, CEO of Toyota Research Institute. “The road to
creating a car as safe, or safer, than a human driver will require billions of test miles including
simulation, real-world driving on public roads, and closed-course testing where we can expose
our systems to extreme circumstances and conditions. The new ACM closed-course facility is a
significant step forward in this journey and will accelerate our ability to help prevent crashes and
“I’m excited about our collaboration with Toyota,” said John Maddox, President and CEO of the
American Center for Mobility at Willow Run. “Today’s announcement is another example of
Toyota’s forward-looking vision and ability to move quickly on developing this potentially
beneficial connected and automated technology.”