Visteon Invests $5M to Develop Autonomous Vehicles with American Center for Mobility


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Visteon Corp. has invested $5 million in the American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti Township.

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Van Buren Township-based automotive cockpit electronics supplier Visteon Corp. is collaborating with the American Center for Mobility (ACM) in southeast Michigan to support the development and testing of connected and automated transportation technologies.

With a $5 million strategic investment, Visteon is the first Tier 1 automotive supplier to join as a founder-level sponsor of the ACM. Other $5 million founding partners include AT&T, Toyota, and Ford Motor Co.

Visteon plans to use the ACM to test and validate technology related to its DriveCore artificial intelligence-based autonomous driving platform, which will be introduced at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (Jan. 9-12).

The ACM is non-profit testing and product development facility located on 500 acres at the former Willow Run B-24 Liberator Bomber plant in Ypsilanti Township and is dedicated to the safe development of automated technologies and vehicles nationwide.

“We are proud to be associated with what promises to be the premiere national facility for mobility and advanced automotive testing and product development,” says Sachin Lawande, Visteon’s president and CEO. “The Center is ideally positioned to fulfill the need to further develop, test, and validate new connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies that offer great promise for the nation's transportation system.

Focus areas for Visteon’s testing and validation at the ACM include autonomous driving algorithms, sensor technology, security protocols, and vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure functionality.

Construction is currently underway at the ACM. The first phase of the project is on track to open next month, and other phases including the ACM headquarters and convening center are slated to open in stages through Dec. 2019. 

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