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Vehicle interaction test center to open


A nonprofit research center and a trade group will open a center in Ann Arbor next month to test new technology that will allow cars and trucks to interact with each other and make highways safer, officials said Tuesday.

The Center for Automotive Research and the Connected Vehicle Trade Association will open the center with help from a $3.1 million state grant, allowing advanced testing and evaluation of connected vehicle technologies, officials said in a statement.

Among the technologies to be tested are vehicle-to-vehicle signals letting drivers know that someone is stopped ahead of them, or is braking hard. Signals also could be sent to drivers to warn them about road construction, lane changes or emergency vehicles, officials said during a presentation at an industry conference in Traverse City.

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