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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Automation Adoption & Implications for the Automotive Workforce

Many automakers and suppliers continue to face both challenges and opportunities as the automotive industry progresses through an era of rapid innovation as automation and artificial intelligence in the manufacturing setting continues to advance. Automotive companies widely report difficulty in finding enough qualified, skilled employees. Meanwhile, automation and artificial intelligence…

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Technology Roadmap: Materials and Manufacturing

This report forecasts materials and manufacturing trends based on the CAR team’s research findings as well as input from subject matter experts. The results show that several factors can affect the industry’s progress on material technology in the coming decades, including fuel economy regulations, added weight due to batteries, ADAS,…

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Technology Roadmap: Intelligent Mobility Technologies

The automotive, transportation, and mobility industries have experienced transformative changes due to advancements in connectivity and automation technologies, data analysis, and the rise of new mobility services. With such rapid changes in the industry’s landscape, an understanding of where technological development is at present and where it is likely headed…

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Advancing Additive Manufacturing into the Mobility Industry

Future cities will likely be dominated by automated, connected, electric, and shared (ACES) vehicles. Automotive customers are demanding greater vehicle personalization and unique ride experiences. Additive Manufacturing (AM) is a revolutionary group of technologies that can help automakers cater to the desires of their customers by providing unique solutions for…

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Trade Briefing: U.S. Consumer & Economic Impacts of U.S. Automotive Trade Policies

U.S. trade policy changes are projected to raise consumer prices for new and used vehicles and lower U.S. light vehicle sales, employment, and economic output. The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) estimates that the cumulative effect of current and potential U.S. trade actions on automobiles and auto parts could cause…

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Impact of Overseas Tooling Sourcing by Automakers on U.S. Based Tool & Die Firms

U.S. tool & die manufacturers have provided U.S. automakers a local source for new model tooling for more than a century but, the industry is at a crossroads. U.S.-based shops have experienced a significant decline in new tools sourced from automakers over the past two decades. While cost models continue…

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Impact of Automated, Connected, Electric, and Shared (ACES) Vehicles on Design, Materials, Manufacturing, and Business Models

The automotive industry is going through an unprecedented change with advancements in innovative technologies and changing consumer preferences. In the future, it is likely that city transportation will be dominated by automated, connected, electric, and shared (ACES) vehicles. The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) took an initiative to research the…

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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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Trade Briefing: Consumer Impact of Potential U.S. Section 232 Tariffs & Quotas on Imported Automobiles & Automotive Parts

The U.S. Department of Commerce is currently investigating whether U.S. automobiles and automotive parts constitute a national security threat under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended. The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) estimates that consumers will see the price of all new vehicles rise by…

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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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