U-M Creates Facility to Test Automated Vehicles

A unique, 30-acre, mini-city is in the works for North Campus for testing connected and automated vehicles. The facility is a critical element of a joint project with industry and government to develop and implement an entire system of connected and automated vehicles on the streets of Southeastern Michigan by 2021. Connected and automated vehicles provide a new platform for safety improvements, better traffic movement, emissions reduction, energy conservation and maximized transportation accessibility.

Collaborative Third Century Initiatives

Ten researchers at U-M are combining their resources, talent and experience to find a solution. Now they just have to figure out the problem. The project, led by U-M professor Johannes Schwank, is titled REFRESCH, “Researching Fresh Solutions to the Energy/Water/Food Challenge in Resource-Constrained Environments.” The Global Challenge grant is funding the exploratory phase where the team will engage students to find an energy/resource problem, figure out how to solve it and commercialize the result.

Helping Great Lakes Cities Adapt to Climate Change

A new interactive map provides social, economic and demographic statistics on 225 counties in the Great Lakes region, and provides detailed information to help communities plan and adapt to impacts of climate change. The map was developed by the Graham Sustainability Institute, as part of its Great Lakes Adaptation Assessment for Cities project, in collaboration with Headwaters Economics.