Driving the Automated Vehicle Movement

The University of Michigan continues to be a leader in the connected and automated vehicle (CAV) community. In their latest breakthrough, U-M researchers have made open-access connected and automated cars available for use at Mcity.

Integrative Systems + Design (ISD) is proud to be affiliated with leaders in the CAV community. ISD alumna Carrie Morton serves as deputy director of U-M’s Mobility Transformation Center (MTC), which is responsible for operating Mcity.  

In an interview with The University Record, Carrie talks about the important impact of introducing open-access test vehicles. “By providing a platform for faculty, students, industry partners and startups to test connected and automated vehicle technologies, open CAVs will break down technology barriers and dramatically speed up innovation. We’re democratizing access to automated vehicle technology for research and education.”

Huei Peng, director of MTC and an ISD faculty member, also spoke to The University Record to share his excitement about what the open testbed platform can do for research efforts.  

“Researchers can bring in their own hardware—swap out any sensor they’d like. Or they can create advanced controls to take advantage of various sensor technologies already on the vehicles. And they have the ability to explore how it works in a real mobility system at Mcity.”

The versatility offered by this flexible research platform is groundbreaking, and should make a significant impact on CAV research for years to come. Students, faculty, and industry leaders will greatly benefit from the high caliber, multifaceted environment the University has created.

The first open-access CAV used at Mcity is a Lincoln MKZ sedan. Two Kia Soul compact crossovers will follow in the coming year.