Jeremy Allen| MLive

While the University of Michigan has several years invested in the research and development of connected and automated vehicle technologies, another Washtenaw County higher learning institute is just hopping on board thanks to a helping hand from U-M.

Officials at Washtenaw Community College recently outfitted two of their service vehicles with dedicated short-range communication technology that was donated by the U-M Transportation Research Institute.

The technology will not only add to the data that U-M has been collecting for years from more than 2,800 vehicles equipped with the DSRC technology, but it will also serve as a learning tool for WCC students enrolled in different computer-based majors.

Neil Gudsen, the computer information systems and business office systems program administrator at WCC, said working with this kind of technology has been on the school’s radar for quite some time.

“We saw a lot of opportunity working in the small, connected computing space here,” he said.

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