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.)
Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor Corp., said at CES today that his goal is to transform Toyota from being a car company to becoming a mobility company.
When you think of complex, highly technical devices that you use every day in your car—in fact, possibly as much as three to 10 times per minute—you probably don’t think of your rearview mirror.
Mazda, the Little Car Company That Can, has been working on a number of important fronts of late.