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The U.S. state of Michigan is to launch an initiative to develop a dedicated corridor for connected and autonomous vehicles designed to improve transportation for local communities. Cavnue, a subsidiary of Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners (SIP), has been selected by the state to serve as the main developer of the corridor project.

This public-private partnership will explore the opportunity and viability of this project working with state and local partners, stakeholders, and communities across the corridor from Detroit to Ann Arbor.

Initial project partners include Ford Motor Company, which has pioneered mobility innovation in Michigan for more than 100 years and the University of Michigan

Future objectives of the project will to be determined following the initial 24-month period.

Bill Ford, Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Company, says: “My vision for Michigan Central is to create an open mobility innovation district that solves tomorrow’s transportation challenges and improves mobility access for everyone,” said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company. “Building out a connected corridor cements Michigan as a leader in creating a more connected, autonomous and electrified future. We thank the state for recognizing the community and economic benefits and the importance of creating smart infrastructure across southeast Michigan.”

Jonathan Winer, co-founder and co-CEO of SIP, says: “As a company focused on the future of infrastructure, we are thrilled to launch Cavnue to build the future of roads, and partner with Michigan and the communities along the corridor on a first-of-its-kind CAV corridor.”

Cavnue says it will draw on an advisory committee of automotive and autonomous mobility companies, including Argo AI, Arrival, BMW, Honda, Ford, GM, Toyota, TuSimple, and Waymo.

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