Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation partners with researchers across U-M to ensure a safe, efficient and modern transportation system, which improves quality of life and increases the productivity of workers and businesses.



Research Supported by DoT in FY23


Active Projects Supported by DoT


Faculty, Postdocs and Grad Students Supported Annually by DoT

$15 million for connected and automated transportation, renewing U-M-led Midwest hub

A specially equipped Lincoln MKZ, based at Mcity, is an open-source connected and automated research vehicle available to U-M faculty and students, startups and others to help accelerate innovation. Image credit: Joseph Xu, Michigan EngineeringThe University of Michigan will continue to lead regional efforts aimed at transitioning the nation to connected and automated vehicles—bolstered by a new $15 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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$9.8M to boost connected vehicle research at U-M, expand Ann Arbor deployment

aerial view of a city intersectionA new $9.8 million federal grant will assist efforts at the University of Michigan to deploy cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology, allowing a new generation of cars to exchange safety-enhancing data with the world around them.

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World’s first realistic simulated driving environment based on ‘crash-prone’ Michigan intersection

Roundabout at State Street and Ellsworth Road in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Image courtesy: UMTRIThe first statistically realistic roadway simulation has been developed by researchers at the University of Michigan. While it currently represents a particularly perilous roundabout, future work will expand it to include other driving situations for testing autonomous vehicle software.

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