ANN ARBOR — Denso International America Inc. has joined the growing rank of organizations developing autonomous vehicle technology in Southeast Michigan.
The Southfield-based automotive supplier, which maintains a manufacturing facility in Battle Creek, announced today it plan to open a research and development center at the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor.
Denso’s new R&D facility will focus on developing machine learning, advanced driver assistance systems and automated driving systems, according to a statement.
Twelve students from the University of Michigan have been tapped to participate in research projects, which will run through the end of the month, according to the statement.
Denso’s announcement for the new facility came this morning at the North American International Auto Show.
The new R&D lab will position Denso in proximity to several other advanced vehicle technology initiatives including the University Of Michigan’s Mobility Transformation Center and Mcity autonomous vehicle testing facility. Denso’s new facility also will be roughly 15 miles northwest of the American Center for Mobility, a 335-acre test site for autonomous vehicles at the former Willow Run plant in Ypsilanti.