Engineering students lead cutting-edge automation research at WMU

Automation and sustainability are driving the future of the auto industry, and two Western Michigan University graduate students are leading the charge.

Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist visited WMU’s campus Monday, Oct. 21, to help launch the testing of accessible autonomous shuttles aimed at improving transportation options for people with disabilities. WMU is collaborating with a number of partners on this project, including project lead Pratt & Miller Engineering.

“Right now, Michigan is in a race with companies in Silicon Valley, and in countries around the world, to revolutionize the future of mobility through autonomous technology,” says Gilchrist. “The research that WMU and Pratt and Miller are doing will give us a competitive advantage and help solidify our position as the car capital of the world for generations to come.”