Eagle Wheels – AVs in Ypsilanti

Eastern Michigan University’s GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology is demonstrating its commitment to the future by deploying autonomous shuttles at the Ypsilanti campus and opening a research and development space at the American Center for Mobility (ACM) in Ypsilanti Township.
Courtesy of Eastern Michigan University
Courtesy of Eastern Michigan University

EMU’s vehicle laboratory at ACM supports ongoing research in autonomous vehicle cybersecurity. The university began moving into the space at the start of the fall 2021 semester. 

In addition to growing its autonomous and connected vehicles work, the partnership supports a new senior research engineer position and will help to secure grants and other projects with industry leaders like Perrone Robotics and others.

Nicknamed Eagles, after the Mid-American Conference university’s athletic mascot, the Ollis shuttles — which will soon be operational — are manufactured by Local Motors in Phoenix.

“This partnership is important to showing the utility and capability of Ollis,” says Jay Rogers, CEO of Local Motors. “The project with EMU will focus on how autonomous solutions, like Olli, connect people with safe transportation alternatives and present new learning opportunities.”

James Smith, president of EMU, says, “These projects represent a dynamic step forward for the university. Having our students engaged and active in the world of autonomous vehicles, and the research that takes place on our campus and at the American Center for Mobility, will give them a distinct advantage as they pursue their future careers.”