Subaru invests $2 million in Michigan’s American Center for Mobility
Subaru of America, Inc. has promised to invest $2 million dollars for the American Center for Mobility. The ACM is a world-class testing hub for connected and automated vehicles. The building of this autonomous hub site will be situated Willow Run in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan.
In this way, Subaru joins other large corporations that include AT&T, Toyota, Ford, Visteon Corporation, and Hyundai America Technical Center, in sponsoring this project. So far, the American Center for Mobility has secured $110 million to build the first phase of a project with a cost estimated at $135 million.
“The U.S market has long been a very important part of the success of Subaru, and as so, it is a major goal of ours to create a product that will be appealing to the U.S. customer,” said Kaminaga Shirakawa, Vice President of Subaru Research and Development. “We are looking forward to working with ACM in the future development of the facility, and using this impressive resource to provide the highest quality product possible.”
The construction of phase one of the project is expected to start this spring. The site will include an urban driving environment, a technology park for customers, and ACM's headquarters.
“It has been an exciting year for ACM and we are pleased to start 2018 welcoming Subaru as a sponsor as we continue to solidify ACM as the global destination for testing CAV and mobility technologies,” John Maddox, President & CEO of the Center, said. “Thanks to the support and hard work from our founders and sponsors, automotive technology leaders and the State of Michigan, ACM is on the leading edge of getting self-driving cars safely on the world’s highways and roads.”
The construction of this center was the initiative of certain parties that include the State of Michigan in partnership with the Michigan Department of Transportation, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the University of Michigan, Business Leaders for Michigan and Ann Arbor SPARK.