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Ford Motor Company Robotics Building, Univ. of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
Ford Motor Company Robotics Building, Univ. of Michigan
Machine-like precision.
Exploring the future of robotics and autonomous vehicles.
Co-location sparks collaboration at the University of Michigan.
From idea-sharing and cross-pollination to efficient operations, most research programs benefit from the co-location of affiliated research disciplines. With the new Ford Motor Company Robotics Building, the University of Michigan is taking this idea one (autonomous) step further.

Designed to meet three critical, overarching objectives—flexibility, collaboration and innovation—the interdisciplinary facility will both accommodate the common needs of each research discipline and seamlessly incorporate spaces crafted to the exact specifications of individual teams: a three-story fly zone for autonomous aerial vehicles. An outdoor obstacle course for walking robots. High-bay garage space for self-driving cars.

The completed building will not only place the University of Michigan among a select group of universities to boast a dedicated robotics facility, but also deepen the university’s relationship with Ford. In an unprecedented move, the major automobile manufacturer has plans to lease the facility’s fourth floor, establishing its first research laboratory located on a university campus.

The future of robotics and autonomous vehicles is wide open; now, with a state-of-the-art facility, world-class faculty and elite student researchers, the University of Michigan is positioned to take the lead.
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The four-story, 140,000 square foot building will include high bay labs, dedicated shops, classrooms and office space, as well as co-location and proximate support functions for related research areas.
Large, open areas and a start-up-styled collaboration zone will promote transparency, visibility and knowledge transfer and provide space for group demonstrations.
Shared research and support space will encourage collaboration and cross-pollination between faculty, students and researchers.
Ford will lease the facility’s fourth floor, establishing its first on-campus research laboratory.
The completed building will place the University of Michigan among a select group of universities to boast a dedicated robotics facility.
Exploring the future of robotics and autonomous vehicles.
Ford Motor Company Robotics Building, Univ. of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
Machine-like precision.
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