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The University of Michigan’s Board of Regents is slotted to approve a new project that would see the US university one of the global centers that focuses on studying future connected car technology.

According to Jim Sayer of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, the connected-vehicle technology and its rapid development has the potential to bring numerous benefits, from increased driver accessibility, optimized mobility to better transportation safety and reduced occurrence of vehicle crashes.

The newly established Mobility Transportation Center is located on the university’s campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and is funded by the university, the State of Michigan and several corporate entities interested in the technology.

Sayer is also the project leader of the Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot Model Deployment, a US Department of Transportation-backed program, which aims to research and demonstrate connected-vehicle improvements in real life situations.

The Michigan University’s project objective is to build a closed circuit in the campus grounds, allowing easy access to students seeking to experiment with both connected and automated cars.

Both the automakers and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration are, for once, in tune with the view that connected vehicle technology will become a key asset in the future, allowing cars to easily maneuver in traffic and reducing at the same time the number of accidents.