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Toyota to invest $5 million in American Center for Mobility

Toyota is investing in American Center for Mobility. Toyota Motor North America and Toyota Research Institute subsidiaries will together invest $5 million to the self-driving vehicle research center being built in Ypsilanti Township. Toyota will also become a member of a government-industry team along with getting to book the facility for testing further in advance than others, which will be invaluable over the next few years.

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The facility is expected to cost $110 million so other automakers or companies related to this technology might be contributing as well. So far the American Center for Mobility secured $91 million in public and private funding. The American Center for Mobility has been designated by the federal government as a self-driving proving ground and research hub so it can be concluded that it would be a major player in the race to build and test driverless and connected vehicles.

The center is expected to open in December and will be on a 335-acre site about 30 miles southwest of downtown Detroit. The center will have a 2 1/2-mile high-speed highway test track; multilane intersections, alleys and traffic circles; a 700-foot curving tunnel; two triple-decker overpasses; a cybersecurity lab; an electrical substation; and driverless shuttles.

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