Hyundai America Technical Center invests $5 Million in American Center for Mobility

The Hyundai America Technical Center is entering into a long-term partnership with the American Center for Mobility (ACM) to support the advancement of connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technology. As one of ACM’s Founder-level sponsors, HATCI will contribute $5 million to support the creation of a collaborative test environment in Southeast Michigan.

Located at the historic Willow Run site in Ypsilanti Township, ACM is creating a proving ground where companies will collaborate to develop CAV and future mobility technologies, as well as work on standards and education programs.

Andy Freels (left), president of the Hyundai America Technical Center (HATCI) and John Maddox (right), president and CEO of the American Center for Mobility (ACM) signed a long-term partnership agreement to support the advancement of connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technology. As one of ACM’s Founder-level sponsors, HATCI will contribute $5 million to support the creation of a collaborative test environment in Southeast Michigan.

“Hyundai’s investment supporting ACM strengthens our long-term commitment to the advancement of safety and mobility through automated vehicle technology. Working together with industry, academia and government provides a collaborative environment to support new and innovative mobility solutions,” said Andy Freels, president, HATCI. “We are excited to be a founding member of the government-industry team at the neighboring ACM facility. As a founding member, we will help set the direction for CAV standards and test advanced technologies in a safe environment for the North American customer.”

The creation of the unique testing environment, located in close proximity to HATCI’s engineering headquarters, will enhance HATCI’s development and validation of advanced driver-assistance systems and CAV technologies. The ACM facility will provide testing under unique and extreme conditions in a repeatable and controlled environment to improve the safety of these systems for the customer. This collaboration will advance safety, connectivity, cybersecurity and autonomous technologies.

Testing emphases will include:

  • Sensor technology development
  • Vehicle/infrastructure communication
  • Specification development for infrastructure scenarios such as: rural, residential, highway, overpasses, off-road, and urban
  • Severe test conditions featuring various weather situations

The contribution from Hyundai brings ACM’s fundraising total to $101 million to develop the 500-acre state-of-the-art testing site at Willow Run. The Center’s first phase of construction is nearing completion and the testing and validation, product development, education and standards facility will open in December.

Hyundai joins other ACM Founders; AT&T, Toyota, and Ford, which announced their support of ACM earlier this year.

The ACM project is a joint initiative with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, State of Michigan, Michigan Department of Transportation, the University of Michigan, Business Leaders for Michigan and Ann Arbor Spark.

Source: Hyundai