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ACM offers a one-of-a-kind global Smart Mobility Test Center providing a platform for the integration of emerging mobility technologies in intentionally challenging environments, spread out over 500 acres of variable road systems with customizable test environments and:

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Testing Grants Available:

The Michigan Mobility Funding Platform Grant provides grants to mobility and electrification companies looking to deploy their technology solutions in the state of Michigan. Dedicated innovation grants are available to support projects at the American Center for Mobility.

For more Information and to Apply for Grants: https://www.michiganbusiness.org/mobility-funding/

Current ACM Site Features and Capabilities

Off-Road Course

ACM off-road courses are used to replicate extreme vocational environments, including a variety of grades, rough rock and embedded log obstacles, aggregate and mud surfaces, a sand pit, embankments. All environments are further supported by the ACM Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) technology stack, for CAV interoperability testing.

 

 

Accommodates up to Class 8 Trucks :

  • Rocky Obstacles
  • Sand Pit
  • Imbedded Logs
  • Rolling Hills
  • Tight Curves
  • Grades ranging from 2-13%

ITS and Mobility Infrastructure

ACM has an integrated Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) network outfitted with 90-strand fiberoptic backhaul throughout the site.

Features include:

  • Private 4G LTE Cellular Network
  • (15) 5.9 Ghz DSRC Road Side Units
  • (7) Wifi Access Points
  • (5) 480v; 240v xfmr
  • Up to 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps) High Speed Data Transfer speeds

Through ACM’s relationship with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), ACM is able to leverage the nation’s largest IT enabled roadway experiment with control algorithms and automated vehicle behaviors to examine impact on traffic flow in public testing settings.

Beyond ACM’s infrastructure for controlled on-road testing, the facility also provides

  • DRI Soft Car 360 Global Vehicle Target
  • OxTS RT-Base S
  • AB Dynamics Guided Soft Target with a self-propelled platform
  • AB Dynamics Pedal Robots
  • EV Chargers
  • Escort and Interaction Vehicles
  • Euro NCAP Vehicle Target (EVT) and Pedestrian Targets
  • 4 active PS Static Adult and Child Pedestrian Targets including Surfboards
  • Moshon Data Foam Core Vehicle Target
  • Moshon Data Foam Slab Vehicle Target
  • RaceLogic VBOX ADAS Data Acquisition and RTK System

Engineering Support Services

Intertek is the preferred operational partner at American Center for Mobility providing services to aid ACM customers in achieving their test goals in areas such as:

American Center for Mobility powered by Intertek can also help with:

  • Product design troubleshooting & recommendations
  • R&D support
  • Identify/solve regulatory & certification requirements
  • Identify/solve testing challenges
  • Performance & safety assessments
  • Systems plan development, including analysis on integrated components
  • Assistance with documentation
  • New technology requirements
  • New automotive market demand
  • Simplifying complex requirements
  • Design for compliance with current/upcoming regulations
  • Resolve existing issues and anticipate future challenges

Intertek is a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide. Intertek has a network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and over 42,000 people in more than 100 countries, delivers innovative and bespoke Assurance, Testing, Inspection and Certification solutions for our customers’ operations and supply chains. Intertek Total Quality Assurance expertise, delivered consistently with precision, pace and passion, enables their customers to power ahead safely.

Vehicle Evaluation and Validation

  • Accelerated Mileage Accumulation
  • Data Acquisition and Comprehensive Reporting
  • Energy Storage System Cycling and Performance Measurement
  • EV Infrastructure Testing
  • Fleet Vehicle Monitoring
  • Public Road & Closed Track Testing
  • Rough Road Testing
  • Evaluate Interoperability between Devices and Vehicles
  • Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) V2X
  • 5G communications V2X
  • Sensor Durability

Evaluating Standards

  • Euro NCAP Test Protocol –Autonomous Emergency Braking Car-to-Car
  • Euro NCAP Test Protocol – Autonomous Emergency Braking Vulnerable Road User
  • Euro NCAP Test Protocol – Lane Support Systems
  • Euro NCAP Test Protocol – Speed Assist Systems
  • ACM ADAS IIHS Fact Sheet
  • ISO 11067:2015 – Curve speed warning systems (CSWS)
  • ISO 11270:2014 – Lane keeping assistance systems (LKAS)
  • ISO 15622:2010 – Adaptive Cruise Control systems
  • ISO 15623:2013 – Forward vehicle collision warning systems
  • ISO 16787:2017 – Assisted parking system (APS)
  • ISO 17361:2017 – Lane departure warning systems
  • ISO 17386:2010 – Maneuvering Aids for Low Speed Operation (MALSO)
  • ISO 17387:2008 – Lane change decision aid systems (LCDAS)
  • ISO 19237:2017 – Pedestrian detection and collision mitigation systems
  • ISO 22178:2009 – Low speed following (LSF) systems
  • ISO 22179:2009 – Full speed range adaptive cruise control (FSRA) systems
  • ISO 22839:2013 – Forward vehicle collision mitigation systems
  • ISO 26684:2015 – Cooperative intersection signal information and violation warning systems (CIWS)
  • ACM NCAP Fact Sheet
    • FCW – Forward Collision Warning
    • AEB – Automatic Emergency Braking
    • LDW – Lane Departure Warning
    • LKA – Lane Keep Assist
    • BSD – Blind Spot Detection
    • ACC – Adaptive Cruise Control

Testing Support Equipment

  • Remote Programmable Infrastructure Tool: MCity OS
  • DRI Soft Car 360 Global Vehicle Target
  • Euro NCAP Vehicle Target (EVT)
  • 4 activePS Static Adult and Child pedestrian targets and surfboards
  • Moshon Data Foam Core Vehicle Target
  • Moshon Data Foam Slab Vehicle Target
  • RaceLogic VBOX ADAS Data Acquisition and RTK System
  • OxTS RT-Base S
  • AB Dynamics Guided Soft Target with a self-propelled platform
  • AB Dynamics Pedal Robot
  • EV Chargers
  • Escort and Interaction Vehicles

 

Vehicle Garages

Available for events, meetings and conferences.

  • 1200 sq. ft. Vehicle Bays
  • Mezzanine Storage
  • Meeting and Conference Rooms
  • Vehicle Hoists
  • Restrooms
  • EV Charging Capabilities
  • Audio Visual
  • Compressed Air

Boulevard

  • Six lanes, three eastbound, three westbound, 55 MPH straight road
  • Entirely new HMA pavement
  • Traffic signals and RSUs at freeway exit and entrance
  • Transitions to six lanes with no boulevard

The environment is useful for evaluating:

  • Lane keeping assistance systems
  • Adaptive Cruise Control systems
  • Forward vehicle collision warning systems
  • Assisted parking systems
  • Lane departure warning systems
  • Lane change decision aid systems
  • Maneuvering Aids for Low Speed Operation systems
  • Pedestrian detection and collision mitigation systems
  • Low speed following systems
  • Full speed range adaptive cruise control systems
  • Forward vehicle collision mitigation systems
  • Cooperative intersection signal information and violation warning systems
  • Other custom testing

ACM Freeway Loop

  • 2.5 mile loop, unidirectional, featuring two – three lanes and real-world signage
  • Accommodates passenger vehicles, passenger transit busses and Class 8 trucks
  • Lay-by (pull-off) areas with power, Wi-Fi, and ethernet (fiber) available
  • Speeds vary between 50 – 65 MPH, based on road geometry and DOT standard formulae with higher speed tests evaluated on a case-by-case basis
  • Mixture of new pavement and weathered, existing pavement from a previously public portion of US-12
  • Concrete and HMA materials
  • Multiple merge opportunities
  • Exit and entrance ramps with various configurations and changing elevations
  • Two tri-level overpasses
  • Varying shoulder widths and line striping configurations
  • Road curvature and elevation changes limit line of sight and challenge long ranger sensors
  • Roadside units and DSRC capability

 

The Freeway Loop environment is useful for evaluating:

  • Curve speed warning systems
  • Lane keeping assistance systems
  • Adaptive Cruise Control systems
  • Lane departure warning systems
  • Lane change decision aid systems
  • Full speed range adaptive cruise control
  • Custom applications

Urban Arterial

  • 1.5-miles long, two lanes, bidirectional, 55 mph
  • Lay-by (pull-off) areas with power, Wi-Fi, and ethernet (fiber) available
  • 11-foot lanes with narrow eastbound shoulders
  • Existing, weathered pavement from previously public portion of US-12

The environment is useful for evaluating:

  • Lane keeping assistance systems
  • Adaptive Cruise Control systems
  • Forward vehicle collision warning systems
  • Assisted parking systems
  • Lane departure warning systems
  • Maneuvering Aids for Low Speed Operation systems
  • Low speed following systems
  • Full speed range adaptive cruise control systems
  • Forward vehicle collision mitigation systems
  • Overtaking
  • Other custom testing

Willow Run Bypass Tunnel

  • 700-feet long, unidirectional curved tunnel, two lanes, 40 MPH
  • Entirely new HMA pavement
  • Exit not visible until nearly halfway through tunnel
Willow Run Bypass Tunnel

The environment is useful for evaluating:

  • Communication / GPS signal loss
  • Sudden changes in ambient lighting
  • Curve speed warning systems
  • Lane keeping assistance systems
  • Adaptive Cruise Control systems
  • Localization and lane keeping
  • Lane change decision aid systems
  • Other custom testing

Cold & Snow Weather Testing

Winter months in Michigan bring snow and freezing temperatures naturally. Challenge your mobility technologies in freezing weather, snow, ice, salt and spray.

ACM has supporting test equipment to customize your test needs including:

  • Snow Plows
  • Rain & Grime Trailer-Truck
  • Cold Box (Below Freezing for Full Vehicle)
  • Road Salt
  • Snow Machine

SNOW PRIORITY LIST:
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Technology Toolsets

ACM Autonomous Cloud

A Collaborative Approach to the CAV Development Life Cycle

The American Center for Mobility’s expansive testing technology toolsets are now available in a Platform-as-a-Service offering to address broad CAV test and validation requirements:

  • Data Management & Analytics
  • Mapping​
  • Simulation & Modeling​
  • Augmented Reality ​
  • AI Model Development​

ACM has partnered with Deloitte as the lead service integration provider for the ACM Autonomous Cloud, with the shared vision to create a joint, collaborative business model using modern cloud technologies that will evolve with the industry to create engineering efficiencies such as accelerating time-to-value/market and lowered costs.​ Deloitte brings expertise and commitment to the CAV industry leading in the design, implementation, and operation of the ACM Autonomous Cloud.

Built on Microsoft Azure, the ACM Autonomous Cloud™ provides Simulation Engineers a secure and scalable data analytics platform and support for the advanced simulation development & testing of CAV models.

​ACM Autonomous Cloud services are provided under a consumption and/or outcomes-based subscription, significantly reducing upfront hardware/software stack and resource expertise investments.

To become a user of the ACM Autonomous Cloud, contact ACM experts to start customizing a suite of tools to meet your simulation test needs.

ACM ITS User Control Platform

ACM ITS User Controlled Platform (UCP)

The ACM ITS UCP makes it possible for engineers to create and execute complex, sophisticated, and easily repeatable test scenarios in the cloud, potentially saving testing time and costs, and accelerating product development.

Build on the University of Michigan’s McityOS platform (using Skyline and Octane), the ACM ITS UCP runs on any internet-enabled device allowing it to control all vehicle test features available. The cloud-based open-source operating system gives users point-and-click control over interactions between vehicle and the ACM smart mobility test center facility features and infrastructure.

  • Customize and integrated with the ACM infrastructure and test equipment
  • Quickly build real-world test scenarios
  • Easily set up initial conditions for repeatability
  • Minimize human interaction
  • Ease the use of complex testing and disparate infrastructure systems
  • Collect data to verify results
  • Provide path to compare results to simulation
  • Share results in a common format for interoperability, collaboration

Capabilities:

  • Access ACM infrastructure fiber network and integrated devices.
  • Query and control traffic, communications, and infrastructure devices.
  • Build complex ITS control scripts to automate traffic and testing scenarios.

Includes:

  • Intersection Traffic Controls.
  • DSRC RSU communications.
  • Options to implement additional sensor feeds, controls of lighting, gates, and other infrastructure systems.
  • Other IOT/Plug-and-Play network controllable devices.

Utilization of these systems can be performed both:

  • Remotely (offsite.) Allows for live development, testing, validation, and debugging of API control scenarios prior to onsite visits.
  • Trackside (onsite.) Via ACM wi-fi or cellular hotspot internet access. Allows for onsite control, execution, and logging to physical test scenarios.

When used in conjunction with additional ACM capabilities, users can leverage other onsite tools including:

  • In vehicle GPS/GNSS RTK measurement solutions (2cm) accuracy.
  • GPS/GNSS RTK Survey Equipment.
  • In-vehicle data logging and video solutions.
  • Synchronized robotics (testing target platforms, in-vehicle pedal and steering robots).
  • Triggering solutions.
  • Custom environment build-outs.
  • Mapping and simulation solutions.
  • The ability to develop and execute repeatable, synchronized scenarios and collect timestamped data from multiple sources both in-vehicle and facility ITS.

Benefits

One of the primary benefits of the platform is the ability to “trigger” specific scenario outputs, based on chosen inputs. This provides the ability to generate repeatable ITS related scenarios. Typical trigger inputs can be:

  • Software
  • Button/Manual devices
  • Lidar/Laser
  • V2X (OBU/GPS location, RSU message)
  • Other IOT “plug-and-play” devices

Future Capabilities

  • Lidar triggering
  • Tablet controlled GPS surveying solution for placement of markers
  • Robotics control within API
  • Other infrastructure equipment, sensors, and controllable devices

SAFE Test

The Safe AI Framework for Trustworthy Edge Scenario Tests (SAFE TEST) aims to radically improve the efficiency of AV performance testing by creating more incidents per mile while eliminating expensive test equipment and variances in repeatability of scenarios. This is achieved by combining real-world testing customized for the American Center for Mobility Smart Mobility Test Center with two pieces of innovative technologies developed by University of Michigan’s Center for Connected and Automated Transportation (CCAT) including:

The Augmented Reality Test Environment which allows for virtual background traffic, road obstacles and weather challenges to be added to the testing environment that the brain of the test vehicle sees as “real”. The simulated vehicles are easily controlled so specific test scenarios can be repeated perfectly each time.

The Naturalistic and Adversarial Driving Environment (NADE) tests for “long-tail events” which are rare situations such as a vehicle merging in front of another vehicle or hard braking. The NADE inserts background vehicles that conduct these adversarial and rare maneuvers at a much higher rate. Simultaneously, the environment uses naturalistic driving data from the to ensure unbiasedness.

By combining these two cutting-edge technologies, SAFE TEST is able to increase the efficiency of AV performance testing, reduce operational costs, and accelerate product validation. As part of CCAT’s 2021 research, Dr. Liu was awarded funding to implement the SAFE TEST at ACM.

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