DETROIT, March 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Adient (NYSE: ADNT), the world's largest automotive seating supplier, today announced it has become a partner with the American Center for Mobility (ACM). The state-of-the-art proving ground is a nonprofit testing, education and product development facility for future mobility.
"Adient's partnership with the American Center for Mobility furthers our commitment to developing safety and mobility standards for autonomous vehicles," said Bruce McDonald, chairman and CEO of Adient. "The Center provides us with a safe environment in which to test our future mobility technologies."
Adient conducts extensive market research to anticipate consumers' mobility needs. Through this collaboration, Adient will continue its development of new innovations, technologies and seating configurations for future mobility vehicles.
"We are thrilled to welcome Adient as our newest partner and to support the innovative work they are doing," said John Maddox, president and CEO of ACM. "I admire their forward thinking as they design their seating technologies around the comfort and safety of passengers, which are critical aspects for acceptance of automated vehicles."
Located on the 500-acre historic Willow Run site in Ypsilanti, Michigan, ACM has a 2.5 mile highway loop, intersections, roundabouts and a 700-foot curved tunnel for connected and automated vehicle (CAV) testing.
Adient is a global leader in automotive seating. With 85,000 employees operating 238 manufacturing/assembly plants in 34 countries worldwide, we produce and deliver automotive seating for all vehicle classes and all major OEMs. From complete seating systems to individual components, our expertise spans every step of the automotive seat making process. Our integrated, in-house skills allow us to take our products from research and design all the way to engineering and manufacturing – and into more than 25 million vehicles every year. For more information on Adient, please visit adient.com.
The American Center for Mobility is a nonprofit testing, education and product development facility for future mobility, designed to enable safe validation and self-certification of connected and automated vehicle technology, and to accelerate the development of voluntary standards. ACM is one of 10 U.S. DOT designated Automated Vehicle Proving Grounds in the U.S. The Center is a joint initiative with the State of Michigan founded in partnership with the Michigan Department of Transportation, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the University of Michigan, Business Leaders for Michigan and Ann Arbor SPARK. It is also part of PlanetM, a collaborative that represents Michigan's unique and vast mobility ecosystem, connecting resources and opportunities for its consortium of members. To learn more about ACM, visit www.acmwillowrun.org.