Jeremy Allen| MLive

It’s been years in the making, but officials at the University of Michigan say their $6.5 million, 32-acre “mini-city,” or M City, designed for testing connected and automated vehicle systems, is near completion and will be operational this spring.

“Connected and automated vehicle technology will usher in a revolution in the mobility of people and goods comparable to that sparked by the introduction of the automobile a century ago,” said Peter Sweatman, director of U-M’s Mobility Transformation Center.

The Mobility Transformation Center isĀ a public-private partnership between the university and companies including Delphi Automotive, DENSO Corp., Honda, Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Xerox and others. The MTC is responsible for the development of M City.

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