Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) and the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) have made a $5 million contribution to support the American Center for Mobility (ACM), which is building a large-scale test environment in Southeast Michigan where various companies can test their connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies. Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) and the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) have made a $5 million contribution to support the American Center for Mobility (ACM), which is building a large-scale test environment in Southeast Michigan where various companies can test their connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies. 

Toyota says it believes the creation of a unique test environment will help support the development acceleration of innovative CAV technologies, because it allows technologies testing under a safe and controlled environment, and will foster further innovation through collaboration with government and academic partners.

“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, Michigan.  “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 American Center for Mobility is a non-profit testing, education and product development facility for future mobility, designed to enable safe validation and self-certification of connected and automated vehicle technology, and to accelerate the development of voluntary standards. ACM is part of the Planet M collaborative whose members include public-private partnerships and collaborative programs with the common goal of positively contributing to the reinvention of the transportation industry.