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As the automotive world moves toward fully connected and self-driving cars, it’s no surprise that Michigan is in the driver’s seat with PlanetM.

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What makes Michigan a leader

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    Largest concentration of engineers in country
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    Over 75% of U.S. automotive R&D spending
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    Most navigation and smart mobility patents
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    Home to 81 global auto suppliers' N.A. headquarters or tech centers
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    Complete real-world autonomous testing
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    45% increase in VC investments past 5 years
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    Leads the nation in connected vehicle projects

Michigan's testing facilities

Automated vehicle testing at American Center for Mobility,  Willow Run Michigan

Situated on more than 500+ acres of the historic Willow Run site in Southeast Michigan, The American Center for Mobility is a non-profit testing and product development facility for future mobility, designed to enable safe validation of connected and automated vehicle technology. This one-of-a-kind center, recently designated as one of the first national proving grounds in the country, will be a purpose-built facility focused on verification and self-certification of technology under all road and weather conditions.

Driverless passenger shuttle at MCity vehicle testing center,  Ann Arbor Michigan

In 2015, the University of Michigan opened Mcity, a unique facility created to evaluate the capabilities of connected and autonomous vehicles and systems. Built with financial support from the Michigan Department of Transportation, Mcity is situated on a 32-acre site that contains various roads and infrastructure that simulate a broad range of complexities vehicles encounter in urban and suburban environments. This real-world test environment includes roads with different surfaces, intersections with traffic signals and signs, roundabouts, sidewalks, benches, simulated buildings, streetlights and obstacles such as construction barriers.

PlanetM. The epicenter for mobility.

Eliminating nearly all vehicle accidents. Creating fewer yet more sophisticated vehicles and roadways. Improving air quality and reducing fossil fuel consumption. Issues surrounding transportation and mobility are on minds around the world. But only in Michigan have they come together to form PlanetM. At the epicenter of mobility, PlanetM not only brings big ideas to the table, it also brings them to life.


It is estimated that by 2035, there will be approximately 21 million autonomous vehicle sales globally. Located in the heart of the automotive industry, Rochester Hills-based engineering company Dataspeed, Inc., is helping to drive such innovation by creating an autonomous vehicle hardware and software “kit” that is being used as a testing platform in Michigan and around the world.


Michigan is the center of the greatest concentration of auto-related engineering talent in the world and employs nearly 5,000 industrial designers, more than any other state in the nation. Through its 15 public universities, more than 60 independent universities and 28 community colleges, the state is positioned to deliver minds that will drive mobility well into the future.


With help from technology accelerators around the state that support start-ups and entrepreneurs, Michigan has seen a 45% increase in the number of venture capital-backed companies over the last 5 years. And since Michigan has the highest research spending-to-venture capital investment ratio in the country, PlanetM is the ideal place to pursue ideas in mobility.

Live, work, play in Michigan

 Picture of Otter Creek during Sunset at Esch Rd, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan

Michigan’s attractive business climate is surpassed only by its natural beauty and active lifestyle. With four seasons, 11,000 lakes and the country’s longest freshwater coastline, Michigan offers ample opportunities to enjoy recreational activities like boating, fishing, golf, skiing, hiking and more. Michigan is also home to the highly regarded Detroit Institute of Arts, over 100 wineries, a growing dining and craft beer scene and four major league sports teams. We also have the lowest cost of living of any state in the Midwest. When it comes to living and doing business, nothing compares to Pure Michigan.

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