Officials break ground on driverless vehicle testing site - WNEM TV 5

Officials break ground on driverless vehicle testing site

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YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -

Developers have broken ground on what is billed as a world-class testing facility in Michigan for driverless vehicles.

Gov. Rick Snyder and other officials attended a Monday groundbreaking for the American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti Township. The facility will be located at the site of a former General Motors plant. It's also where B-24 bombers were made during World War II.

Snyder says the facility "will put Michigan at the forefront of the autonomous movement."

Willow Run Arsenal of Democracy Landholdings Limited Partnership recently bought the property, paving the way for construction. The center plans to open in December 2017.

It will be available for use by private industry, government, standards bodies and academia. Companies will be able to lease office space, garages and other amenities.

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