Rather than just trying to see how advanced mobility and robotics will fit into existing structures, Toyota is building a city to help determine how these things can be best integrated into people’s lives
Gary S. Vasilash
Editor-in-Chief, Automotive Design & Production
Michigan is promoting mobility development through its PlanetM initiative. Trevor Pawl, who heads business development for the initiative, explains.
Although transportation is undergoing profound changes, let’s face it: there is a huge existing infrastructure out there consisting of vehicles as well as roadways and ancillary objects (signs, traffic signals, etc.), and it is going to take a long time for that to be turned over to a new approach.
Toyota Research Institute is working to help make vehicles safer by increasing their levels of autonomy. But, for the near-term future, the driver isn’t going to be relinquishing the task of driving.
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.
Ford Motor Co. soon will begin testing a geofencing system in Cologne, Germany, that automatically switches plug-in hybrid vehicles to all-electric mode when operating in zero-emission areas.
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“A tide of innovation has invigorated the global auto industry, and we are taking these giant leaps forward to remain a leader of new technology. “We are not doing this for the sake of the technology itself.
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If you happen to be in Hiroshima you may see a Mazda Atenza ASV-5 (known in the U.S. as the Mazda6) that is undergoing testing on public roads as part of an analysis of the potential of intelligent transportation systems. The vehicle is being tested by the Hiroshima ITS Research Unit, which includes representatives from the University of Tokyo, Mazda, Hiroshima Electric Railway, and the National Traffic Safety and Environment Laboratory.