University of Michigan Opens Ford Motor Company Robotics Building

Published 4-2-2021
  • University of Michigan - Ford Motor Company Robotics Building
  • University of Michigan - Ford Motor Company Robotics Building
  • University of Michigan - Ford Motor Company Robotics Building
  • University of Michigan - Ford Motor Company Robotics Building
  • University of Michigan - Ford Motor Company Robotics Building
  • University of Michigan - Ford Motor Company Robotics Building
  • University of Michigan - Ford Motor Company Robotics Building
  • University of Michigan - Ford Motor Company Robotics Building
  • University of Michigan - Ford Motor Company Robotics Building

    Courtesy of the University of Michigan.

  • University of Michigan - Ford Motor Company Robotics Building

    Courtesy of Ford Motor Company.

  • University of Michigan - Ford Motor Company Robotics Building

    Courtesy of Ford Motor Company.

  • University of Michigan - Ford Motor Company Robotics Building

    Courtesy of the University of Michigan.

  • University of Michigan - Ford Motor Company Robotics Building

    Courtesy of the University of Michigan,

  • University of Michigan - Ford Motor Company Robotics Building

    Courtesy of Ford Motor Company.

  • University of Michigan - Ford Motor Company Robotics Building

    Courtesy of University of Michigan Robotics.

  • University of Michigan - Ford Motor Company Robotics Building

    Courtesy of University of Michigan Engineering & Robert Coelius.

The University of Michigan opened the $75 million Ford Motor Company Robotics Building in March of 2021 in Ann Arbor. As the new home of the U-M Robotics Institute, the 134,000-sf facility provides the College of Engineering with collaborative R&D labs, maker spaces, high-bay research areas, a three-story fly zone for autonomous aerial vehicles, a Mars yard for rover and lander prototyping, and an outdoor obstacle course for walking robots. Designed by HED, the four-story structure features an expansive atrium lobby surrounded by transparent glass-walled labs. Technology-rich classrooms accommodate a hybrid instructional model combining virtual and in-person learning. The top floor of the building houses Ford Motor Company's first robotics and mobility lab on a university campus, enabling 100 Ford researchers and engineers to develop new technological innovations in partnership with academic investigators. Ground was broken on the facility in April of 2018.

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