ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – The University of Michigan will receive more than $9.8 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the Ann Arbor Connected Vehicle Test Environment project.

The project has a goal of adding cellular vehicle-to-everything technology to vehicles to allow vehicles to communicate with other vehicles and pedestrians to ease traffic, prevent injuries and improve the environment.

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The funding will allow intersections to be tested to meet connected intersection design guidelines. The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute will ready the locations for vehicle manufacturing collaborators to test and implement new technology.

Democrat U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell (MI-6) says the grant is not only a win for U of M but the entire state and vehicle industry.