Founding ACM Investor signs five-year lease for all-new vehicle lab and office workspace
Plans for increased use of testing facilities to develop advanced driver assist systems
YPSILANTI, Mich. (November 10, 2021) – Toyota is expanding its commitment to the American Center for Mobility (ACM) with a new investment of nearly $3.5 million in a five-year lease for exclusive on-campus facilities, plus an additional estimated $2.5 million for increased use of ACM testing resources. The agreement includes build-out of vehicle labs and office workspaces in new campus construction. Toyota is using ACM for development of future automated and advanced driver assistance technology.
“Toyota will further capitalize on ACM’s unique combination of world-class testing facilities and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) – including customizable low-speed urban environments and a high-speed highway loop – to accelerate our technology development,” said Monte Kaehr, group vice president of Toyota Motor North America’s Advanced Mobility Research and Development. “Since ACM is so close to our North American R&D headquarters in Ann Arbor, we’ll continue to do our breakthrough work in mobility right here in Michigan.”
“As a Founding investor and ACM Industry Advisory Board member, Toyota has played a key role in the ongoing growth of ACM as a shared-resource for the automotive and mobility industry,” said Reuben Sarkar, president and CEO at the American Center for Mobility. “The expansion of Toyota’s onsite footprint reflects the continued demand for shared infrastructure as part of a neutral platform for companies to use for the accelerated development of mobility technologies, standards and workforce training, and punctuates the permanency of the ACM smart mobility test center and innovation campus, as well as the state of Michigan, as the epicenter for global automotive and mobility technology development.”
Toyota joined ACM in 2017 as founder-level sponsor with an initial $5 million contribution.
Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. for more than 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands, plus our nearly 1,500 dealerships.
Toyota has created a tremendous value chain and directly employs more than 36,000 in the U.S. The company has contributed world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 30 million cars and trucks at our 9 manufacturing plants, 10 including our joint venture in Alabama that begins production in 2021.
To help inspire the next generation for a career in STEM-based fields, including mobility, Toyota launched its virtual education hub at www.TourToyota.com with an immersive experience and chance to visit many of our U.S. manufacturing facilities. The hub also includes a series of free STEM-based lessons and curriculum through Toyota USA Foundation partners, virtual field trips and more. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.
About American Center for Mobility
American Center for Mobility is a collaborative effort comprised of government, industry, and academic organizations. ACM is focused on accelerating the mobility industry through research, testing, standards development, and educational workforce programming. Located in Southeast Michigan on over 500-acres at the historic Willow Run site, the ACM offers a global smart mobility test center providing a safe platform for the integration and testing of emerging vehicle and mobility technologies, environments for showcasing vehicle technologies and convening industry activities, and an innovation technology campus for the co-location of mobility companies. For more information, visit acmwillowrun.org.