Ford Robotics has collaborated with the University of Michigan (UM) to open a new $75 million, 134,000 square foot robotics facility. The robotics building on the university's north campus will serve as a world-class, most advanced robotics facility and the new hub of the UM Robotics institute. The four-story building will include research facilities and labs for all robotic designs and have classrooms, offices, and maker spaces.
The robotic facility will also house Ford's first-ever robotics and mobility research lab on a university campus, and 100 Ford researchers and engineers will work there to innovate and invent new robotic technologies. UM and Ford will partner to create a unique and more equitable society using robots, including a curriculum to open new opportunities for underserved students and offer them jobs in the robotic facility.
The Ford Robotics building will anchor the west end of Michigan Avenue that will begin in Detroit and runs through Dearborn. The firm plans to overhaul its research and engineering center in Dearborn. This partnership with UM will enable both institutions to experiment with the recent potential mobility solutions for the future. Ford and UM will also be working together to develop a first-of-its-kind corridor for autonomous vehicles.