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Ann Arbor — The University of Michigan’s hub for research in the field of autonomous and connected vehicles has been renamed Mcity.

Founded in 2013 as the Mobility Transformation Center northwest of Ann Arbor, the hub is a public-private partnership and, until now, its testing facility has had the name Mcity.

Now that name will be used to refer to the entire transformation center.

“The re-branding was undertaken to better call attention to who we are and what sets us apart in a rapidly changing mobility environment,” said Huei Peng, director of Mcity and the Roger L. McCarthy Professor of Mechanical Engineering. “To a large extent, it embraces a transition that was already under way.”

Mcity will now serve as the umbrella identifier for the transformation center and testing faciilty, while continuing to partner with the separate University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

The testing site will now become the Mcity Test Facility.

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