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U-M Leads Smart Car Technology with Vehicle Safety Pilot

U-M’s Transportation Research Institute and the U.S. Department of Transportation have partnered on the $22 million research project led by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Wireless devices are being installed in nearly 3,000 vehicles to let passenger cars, commercial trucks and transit buses “talk” to each other and to traffic lights during a year-long test examining new ways to save lives and reduce injuries on the road.

Smart Buildings
in Our Future

U-M architects, engineers, and scientists are collaborating on the Integrated Responsive Building Envelopes project. Their work will explore intelligent building exteriors that monitor weather, daylight and occupant use to manage heating, cooling and lighting to promote energy efficiency.


Through BLUElab’s local sustainability initiative, a group of undergraduate students and professor Steven Skerlos of the College of Engineering have partnered with an Ann Arbor architect to transform a net zero energy home into a net zero water home. The project is examining the feasibility of harvesting rainwater for all homeowner needs, as well as appropriately treating waste.

Helping Great Lakes Cities

A three-year, $1.2 million U-M research project funded by the Kresge Foundation is providing location-specific analyses to help Great Lakes cities plan for climate change as they face an increased risk of intense storms, heat stress, clean water availability and economic challenges.

U-M Researchers Study ‘Food Security’ Across Michigan

A $4 million study being conducted by students and faculty at the School of Natural Resources and Environment is analyzing disparities in access to healthy food across Michigan. Researchers will interview residents and study data in 18 small to mid-sized cities to better understand the factors affecting “food security,” a socioeconomic term that defines easy access to safe and healthy food.