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The Center for Automotive Research is involved in the research of significant issues that relate to the future direction of the global automotive industry. As a nonprofit research organization, and in cooperation with study funders, most CAR research is released publicly through this website.

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Implementation Recommendations for Management Procedures for Data Collected via CAV

The report first reviews six MDOT data systems: Advanced Traffic Management Systems (ATMS), Regional Integrated Transportation Information System (RITIS), Transportation Asset Management System (TAMS), Data Use Analysis and Processing (DUAP), Truck Parking Information Management System (TPIMS), and Road Weather Information System (RWIS). While MDOT had been proactive in ITS and…

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Opportunities to Encourage On-road Connected and Automated Vehicle Testing – Recommendations for the Saginaw Region

Connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technology has the potential to revolutionize transportation and mobility. For now, the most promising technologies are still being researched, developed, tested, and evaluated. This work is taking place across multiple industries, as well as in academia and the public sector. Before these technologies are widely…

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The Great Divide: What Automotive Consumers are Buying vs. Auto & Supplier Investments in Future Technologies, Products & Business Models

The U.S. automotive industry is in the midst of a critical period. U.S. light vehicle sales are plateauing at a very high level and include a rich mix of pickup trucks, SUVs, and CUVs that are producing record profits. Despite all the new truck, SUV, and CUV launches at last…

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Future Cities: Navigating the New Era of Mobility

This report was commissioned by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Automotive Office to assess the potential impacts of CAVs and innovative mobility services on local communities in the state of Michigan. Bringing its communities up-to-date on the impacts of CAVs and innovative mobility services is important to ensure Michigan…

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Strategic Growth Plan for Connected and Automated Vehicle Assets in Southeast Michigan

Michigan is known worldwide for leading-edge research and manufacturing for the automotive and defense industries. Southeast Michigan (greater Detroit), in particular, is an established hub of industrial innovation, including in the high-tech, communication technology arena. To better understand opportunities to enhance the region’s connected and automated vehicle (CAV) environment and…

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Technology Roadmaps: Intelligent Mobility Technology; Materials and Manufacturing Processes; and Light Duty Vehicle Propulsion

Major technological advances to both products and manufacturing processes are accelerating innovation throughout the automotive industry. To capture the scope of these technologies, CAR has developed a technology roadmap for the automotive sector to provide a broad understanding of technology trends throughout the industry from current year to beyond 2030….

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Planning for Connected and Automated Vehicles

Connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies have the potential to improve safety, alter transport costs, impact traffic patterns and congestion and fundamentally change mobility around the world. Though full deployment of CAVs is years away at best, government officials, planners, and economic developers are beginning to consider the potential influences…

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International Scan of Connected and Automated Vehicle Technology Deployment Efforts

Connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technology development is now a global phenomenon. In just the last few years, research and pilot projects have proliferated rapidly across the world. Still, while research and development projects have become practically countless, operational deployment of CAV technology remains rare. Only a fraction of recently…

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Review of NHTSA Proposal to Mandate V2V Communication for Safety

In December of 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding an addition to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards(FMVSS) that would require new light vehicles to include direct short-range communication (DSRC) technology for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V)…

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The Impact of New Mobility Services on the Automotive Industry

The rise of new mobility services (NMS) is part of a bigger and long-term gradual evolution of transportation preferences toward on-demand shared mobility in a multimodal system. CAR researchers have conducted an investigation with a focus on how these services are likely to impact the automotive industry. The report describes…

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