National Automated Vehicles Symposium Underway in Ypsilanti


The Automated Vehicles Symposium, a conference with sessions on mobility, cyber security, and market acceptance, is being held at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest Hotel today through Thursday.

“Automated vehicles have the potential to reduce driving risk factors and mitigate impairment,” says Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. “With additional benefits such as protecting the environment, reducing traffic congestion, and improving mobility for the elderly and disabled, automated vehicles offer a wide variety of solutions for the roads ahead.”

Wynne says he expects more than 1,000 policymakers, educators, companies, and researchers to attend the conference. The symposium includes sessions focused on wireless connectivity, traffic flow models, early deployment opportunities, and shared mobility, among other topics surrounding ground-based autonomous vehicles.

Speakers include Chris Urmson, director of self-driving cars at Google; Mark Rosekind, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; Alex Mitchell, director of the automotive industry group at the World Economic Forum; and Ogi Redzic, senior vice president of connected driving at HERE, a Nokia company, among other policy and business leaders.

Throughout the conference, there will be live technology demonstrations at the University of Michigan’s new Mcity, a 32-acre automated vehicle testing facility that opened Monday.

Registration for a one-day pass costs $400 on Wednesday and $200 on Thursday. To register, visit