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Xerox to partner with U of Michigan for transportation research

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Rochester Business Journal
May 6, 2014

Xerox Corp. said Tuesday it has entered into a three-year partnership with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute to help shape the future of urban mobility across the country.

In collaboration with the U.S. Department of Transportation, the institute will develop a 30-acre simulated city called the Mobility Transformation Center, which proponents say will be the largest on-road vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure test environment in the world.

The goal is to demonstrate how emerging automotive information-based systems and communications capabilities enable improved transaction-based business processes.

Xerox will support the project through its proprietary transportation offerings and data analytic capabilities. Company officials said the research center in Webster would be heavily involved in the project.

In addition to Xerox, companies involved include Robert Bosch LLC, Econolite Group Inc., Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and Toyota Motor Corp.

“Today, with the growing trend of urbanization, the transportation systems that move people, goods and services around the world pose significant environmental, economic and social challenges,” said David Amoriell, vice president and chief operating officer, Government and Transportation Sector at Xerox, in a statement. “The research conducted and data collected by Xerox and UMTRI will be critical in the worldwide reduction of vehicle collisions, energy consumption and carbon emissions, while improving overall urban mobility and quality of life.”

Construction of the transportation research institute is slated for completion by September. The institute plans to establish a network of more than 20,000 connected and automated vehicles on the streets of Southeastern Michigan by 2021.

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