Retrofuturism and the American Center for Mobility
The American Center for Mobility (ACM) is currently under construction in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on a 530+ acre site that was once part of the legendary Willow Run Airport.
The American Center for Mobility (ACM) is currently under construction in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on a 530+ acre site that was once part of the legendary Willow Run Airport. ACM, partner of Planet M, the state of Michigan’s program to help develop mobility, has been designated as a national providing ground for automated vehicles by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
When completed the facility will offer to OEMs and suppliers a 2.5-mile highway loop, a 700-foot curved tunnel, two double overpasses, intersections, roundabouts and more. And being in Michigan, it offers a wide-ranging climate under which to test vehicles and systems.
ACM is serious business.
But it also has a smile.
ACM contracted with graphic designer Chris Bidlack to create a series of posters for the site which harken back, in some ways, to past time. . .that never existed.
Here are the posters:
Bidlack, who operates Bidlack Creative Group in Ann Arbor, has a particular fascination with transportation of days gone by. For example, you may be interested in seeing his hyper-accurate renditions of commercial aircraft of an earlier age, here.
(Bidlack has done work in the past for Automotive Design & Production, so we have a particular interest in his undertakings.)
Visteon Corp. is developing DriveCore, an open platform to control and operate autonomous vehicles.
Additive manufacturing (AM) is just one manufacturing method that drives advanced mobility forward and also has a history of embracing the digital connectivity demanded by this trend.