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High-tech bird watching for shapeshifting airplane wings

An international team of engineers and biologists will gain unprecedented insights into how birds fly so efficiently and then turn that knowledge to building unmanned aircraft with shapeshifting wings. These planes should be lighter, faster and dramatically more maneuverable than today’s stiff-winged aircraft.|Medium Read
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Students in EECS 418 rewarded for optimizing stop/start technology for auto applications

Stop/start is a new system being introduced into the North American automobile market to improve fuel economy while cutting down on pollution.|Short Read
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Autonomous cars in snow: Ford, U-M test at Mcity

Typical autonomous vehicle sensors are useless on snow-covered roads, but researchers at U-M and Ford are collaborating on a solution. At Mcity, they’ve conducted the industry’s first tests of autonomous vehicles in wintry conditions. |Short Read
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No more hunting for parking? Proposed app could do it for you

Drivers may one day be able to find a parking space on their smartphones instead of on the street if a new system envisioned by University of Michigan researchers becomes reality.|Medium Read
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How we roll – Is America ready for a driverless future?

U-M researchers are working to roll out a connected vehicle infrastructure on the ground as driverless cars are becoming one of the most talked about topics.|Short Read

U-M Solar Car first U.S. team to finish global race

In one of the closest World Solar Challenges in the history of the 1,800-mile sun-powered auto race, the University of Michigan was the first American team to cross the finish line today.|Short Read
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White House honors U-M’s James Sayer for transportation work

Sayer, research scientist at the U-M Transportation Research Institute, deployment director for the U-M Mobility Transformation Center and adjunct professor of CEE, is one of 11 recipients who'll receive a Transportation Champions of Change Award.|Medium Read
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Thundering towards nationals: UM Autonomy Team

Buoyed by a sleek new hull design, the University of Michigan autonomous boat team finished third out of 16 competitors in the 2015 Roboboat competition, held recently in Virginia Beach, Virginia.|Medium Read
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U-M opens Mcity test environment for connected and driverless vehicles

The University of Michigan today opened Mcity, the world's first controlled environment specifically designed to test the potential of connected and automated vehicle technologies that will lead the way to mass-market driverless cars.|Medium Read
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An autonomous ‘SmartCart’ test bed at U-Michigan

A fleet of autonomous "SmartCarts" -- high-tech, 3D printed, low-speed electric vehicles -- could one day zip around U-M's North Campus, taking students, professors and staff to class, labs and offices while also serving as one of the first test beds for on-demand autonomous transit.|Medium Read
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Steven Parkison earns NSF Fellowship to design tools for the future of autonomous cars

The goal of Steven’s research is to improve vision-based perception systems on cars and to create an extra layer of safety. |Medium Read
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Aviation charter school partners with U-Michigan

The University of Michigan’s College of Engineering has entered into a unique collaboration with the West Michigan Aviation Academy, a charter high school.|Medium Read