U-M to accelerate advanced transportation technologies with new program
September 11, 2013
A new program at the University of Michigan will award funds for researchers to accelerate advanced transportation technologies.
M-TRAC (Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization) is modeled after U-M's successful Coulter biomedical program and is jointly funded by the university and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation for a $330,000 pilot.
M-TRAC Transportation will provide translational research funds for promising new innovations from the College of Engineering and UMTRI.
An 11-member oversight committee has been formed to assist in project selection, mentoring and oversight. The committee includes advanced transportation business and market experts, venture capitalists and university leaders.
"Advanced vehicle technologies will provide more value for customers and ultimately revolutionize personal mobility," said committee member Gary Smyth of General Motors. "But to fully realize the promise of electrified, connected, and autonomous driving vehicles requires a concerted effort by automotive OEMs, suppliers, governments, and university research centers."