Michigan Project

Cavnue, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Transportation, is developing the world’s first connected and automated vehicle (CAV) corridor on Interstate 94 in Michigan—the birthplace of the automobile, the site of the first concrete highway, and the home of 75% of U.S. automotive R&D investment.

Cavnue's Flagship Project in Michigan

Cavnue is working collaboratively with the State of Michigan in developing a first-of-its-kind connected corridor in Southeast Michigan.

In August of 2020, Cavnue was announced as the Master Developer by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) for a first-of-its-kind connected and automated vehicle (CAV) corridor which will bring together technology and infrastructure to improve safety, congestion, and accessibility in the local community.

The project is designed to improve safety on the corridor, reduce congestion, improve mobility on the corridor, and support advanced vehicles being developed by automakers that have built Michigan’s robust manufacturing economy. The intent of this project is to future-proof the corridor for future vehicle technology—including personal vehicles, public transit, and freight—in order to move people and goods throughout the region safely and efficiently.

After evaluating the feasibility of various corridors in Southeast Michigan, Cavnue and MDOT identified a segment of Interstate 94 for the initial deployment that will serve as the country’s first corridor of tech-enabled infrastructure for connected and automated vehicles.

Based on a study of traffic patterns and an assessment of existing infrastructure and investments made by the state and local communities, the identification of the I-94 segment signals MDOT’s continued commitment to implementing the project.

Cavnue and MDOT are working collaboratively to mutually develop an associated work plan, which provides for further traffic studies, environmental analysis, road design and operational planning, transit plan, as well as public engagement and outreach exercises to ensure community involvement. Learnings and insight gathered from the I-94 deployment will be used to further evaluate a deployment on Michigan Avenue and grow a network of CAV corridors connecting Southeast Michigan.

What people are saying about us

“This groundbreaking project reinforces Michigan’s current position as a global leader in mobility innovation, and it also keeps us moving forward on a path to more equitable, safe, and environmentally conscious transportation in the state.”

Trevor Pawl
Director of the Michigan Office of Future Mobility and Electrification

“This is another exciting day for Michigan and our pioneering efforts to improve mobility and quality of life. We are excited to support Gov. Whitmer’s efforts and offer state infrastructure to showcase technology that will save lives and improve efficiency for commuters and the delivery of goods.”

Paul Ajegba
Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation

“This project, and the decision by Cavnue and SIP to invest here, continues to reinforce that the future of mobility will be designed and built in Detroit and Southeast Michigan.”

Mike Duggan
Mayor of Detroit

“My vision for Michigan Central is to create an open mobility innovation district that solves tomorrow’s transportation challenges and improves mobility access for everyone,” said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company. “Building out a connected corridor cements Michigan as a leader in creating a more connected, autonomous and electrified future. We thank the state for recognizing the community and economic benefits and the importance of creating smart infrastructure across southeast Michigan.”

Bill Ford
Executive Chairman of Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC

"The action we’re taking today is good for our families, our businesses, and our economy as a whole. Here in Michigan, the state that put the world on wheels, we are taking the initial steps to build the infrastructure to help us test and deploy the cars of the future."

Gretchen Whitmer
Michigan Governor

Selected Michigan Project Partners

Cavnue’s Michigan project is being developed in concert with a range of leading mobility and local stakeholders.


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