The U.S. Army is giving the University of Michigan $50 million for autonomous vehicle technology research.
The contract will shift the focus of the Automotive Research Center (ARC) to autonomous technologies for military ground vehicles through 2024, according to a university news release. The research center has been partnered with the Army for 25 years.
“Autonomy has the potential to make the most radical impact by significantly reducing the number of soldiers in harm’s way and changing the military paradigm,” said Bogdan Epureanu, director of the center, in the news release. “The next generation of autonomous vehicles will give our soldiers a position of advantage and safety—most dramatically in the last tactical mile.