Stabenow, Peters, Dingell Join Michigan Officials to Break Ground on American Center for Mobility at Willow Run

Monday, November 21, 2016

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) and U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) today joined Governor Rick Snyder, state officials and leaders in automotive technology to celebrate the groundbreaking of the American Center for Mobility at Willow Run, a global center for testing, education and product development for connected and automated vehicles.

“I am so excited to break ground on this new facility that will secure Michigan’s future as a leader in autonomous and connected vehicles,” said Senator Stabenow.  “Today’s celebration is another example of the big things Michigan can achieve when we work together.  I look forward to a continued partnership with Senator Gary Peters and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell as well as federal, state and industry leaders as we look ahead to the future of the industry that built the American middle class.” 

“Today’s groundbreaking is a significant step forward in ensuring the American Center for Mobility will keep Michigan and the United States at the forefront of advanced vehicle technologies,” said Senator Peters. “I’ve been proud to be involved in this project since its conception, and this world-class testing facility will bring together automakers, suppliers and researchers to develop and validate the vehicles of the future.”

“Today is a great step forward for Michigan and the auto industry,” said Congresswoman Dingell.  “Connected and automated vehicles will revolutionize transportation and mobility over the next decade, and this state-of-the-art facility will help ensure that the technology of the future is developed right here in Michigan. We have the automotive know-how to lead the world in mobility innovation, and the American Center for Mobility will keep us at the forefront of that effort.”

The American Center for Mobility, located at the former Willow Run Site in Ypsilanti Township, will be a purpose-built facility designed for research, education, testing, standards-convening, product development, validation and self-certification for connected and automated technologies as well as future mobility.