The American Center for Mobility will be built on more than 335 acres adjacent to Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, where B-24 bombers were made during World War II in a factory built by Henry Ford. It will become a national-scale advanced automotive testing and product development center that can accommodate the broad needs of industry and government, test various weather conditions including ice and snow, and provide room to grow and adapt as technology dictates. The testing, education and product development Center will be a place where precautionary testing is done before vehicles are deployed on the road, and a proving ground for collaborative safety technology demonstrations. The American Center for Mobility will also serve as a convening center to accelerate the development of voluntary standards.
The concept of operations will define requirements for the test facility, including connected vehicle infrastructure, traditional intelligent transportation systems (ITS) technologies, data collection, monitoring, and test simulation needs associated with the site. The final document will include a user-oriented system description, definition of operational needs, and system overview. It will also establish a proposed operational and support environment for the facility as well as potential operational scenarios. The report will establish high-level system requirements and lay out a phased procurement strategy.
As the prime consultant, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff will coordinate with staff and contractors to develop a complete baseline understanding of the project, identify all user needs, establish a proposed phasing for the site development and coordinate all third party agreements which could impact the design concept. The firm will conduct stakeholder outreach meetings in Southeast Michigan with key stakeholders and customers in order to identify system needs.
Completion of the concept of operations is expected in early 2017.
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