is a proving ground for testing connected and automated vehicles and technologies under controlled and realistic conditions.


(734) 764-2886


Mcity Office
2905 Baxter Road, Ann Arbor, MI

Mcity Test Facility
2909 Baxter Rd, Ann Arbor, MI

University of Michigan Office of Research

Who We Serve

University of Michigan Researchers and External Researchers

Core Summary

Mcity is leading the transition to a new world of connected and automated vehicles. Our work goes beyond technology and considers all aspects of the future of transportation and mobility. Three aspects of Mcity make it unique: early-stage testing in our living labs, funding a wide-range of research, and our commitment to education and outreach. Our partners in industry, government, and academia are Mcity’s foundation. Our model is working. Today, Mcity has established itself as a leading voice in connected and automated vehicles (CAVs). Mcity operates the world’s first purpose-built proving ground for testing the performance and safety of connected and automated vehicles and technologies under controlled and realistic conditions. Testing new technologies in a safe, controlled environment is essential before deploying automated vehicles on public streets and highways. The Mcity Test Facility sits on a 32-acre site on U-M’s North Campus Research Complex, with more than 16 acres of roads and traffic infrastructure. The full-scale outdoor laboratory simulates the broad range of complexities vehicles encounter in urban and suburban environments.

Service Categories: Engineering


  • Mcity charges cost recovery rates for this usage

  • Test Track Available for Research and Educational Use

  • Test Vehicle Available for Research and Educational Use


  • 5G connectivity
  • Augmented reality testing technology
  • Ethernet
  • Fiber Optics
  • Infrastructure can be controlled with software
  • Open-source API controls
  • Real-time Kinematic Positioning System
  • Vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication
  • Wireless