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The University of Michigan and the Ford Motor Co. opened a $75 million, 134,000-sq-ft robotics complex on the university’s campus March 16. The facility is the new home of the University of Michigan Robotics Institute. It contains research lab spaces, cleanrooms, offices, and makerspaces. The four-story building also houses Ford’s first robotics and mobility research lab on a university campus.
The new laboratory spaces include a three-story fly zone to test drones and other AAVs; an AI-designed outdoor course for testing robots on stairs, rocks, and water, surrounded by motion-capture cameras; and a high-bay garage space for self-driving cars.
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