Ford and the University of Michigan launch robotics complex

Ford and the University of Michigan (U-M) announced the official grand opening of the Ford Robotics Building at the University of Michigan’s north campus. The four-story, $75 million, 134,000 square-foot complex will “help accelerate the future of advanced, more equitable mobility,” Ford said in a press release. The two organizations said they hope the facility will be used to develop robots and roboticists that help make lives better, keep people safe and build a more equitable society.

It will be the new hub of the U-M Robotics Institute on the first three floors, which feature U-M research labs “for robots that walk, roll and augment the human body.” Also in this location: classrooms, offices and makerspaces…

Ford roboticists, as well as autonomous vehicle researchers, will be located on the fourth floor, and will benefit from exposure to a wider range of work in the field. There will be 100 Ford engineers and researchers.