INSIGHT | Spring/Summer 2022
New white paper examines data governance frameworks for smart cities. What works?

Achieving the benefits promised by “smart cities" means balancing the need for robust data with public concerns about data use and protecting the privacy of personal information. This is a concept known as “data governance.” Covington & Burling LLP, a global law firm and a member of Mcity’s Leadership Circle, studied data governance frameworks as they apply to smart cities. The results of the study are outlined in a new white paper. It is the first in a series of four data policy white papers to be published in the coming months by Mcity in partnership with Covington.

Mcity Staff Spotlight
Military service taught veteran skills he now applies daily as manager of Mcity Test Facility
Jim Lollar's service in the Marine Corps, the Coast Guard and the Army prepared him well for the unpredictable job of managing Mcity's test facilities. But when he arrived last December he didn't know his new job would give him a similar sense of purpose.
Students in U-M's heavy duty trucks course get a peek at the future of transportation
Nexus, the online and professional education unit within the University of Michigan's College of Engineering, offers a "Dynamics of Heavy Duty Trucks" short course that teaches students the fundamentals about how big rigs perform, such as handling, braking and tire performance.

For the first time in two years, students were able to take a tour of the Mcity Test Facility and got a glimpse of the future.

A2GO to shuttle visitors through downtown during Ann Arbor Art Fair, largest in the U.S.
A2GO will be the official mobility sponsor for the largest art fair in the United States. The free, on-demand shuttle will move attendees around the perimeter of the 2022 Ann Arbor Art Fair, held on the streets of downtown Ann Arbor, via the Art Go-Round service. The art fair runs July 21-23.

Mcity is a partner in the A2GO Autonomous Shuttle service. A2GO also is the mobility sponsor of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, which runs through July 4.

Who's been to Mcity? We welcomed OmniAir's Ann Arbor Plugfest, SAE AutoDrive Challenge II
Spring brought two big events to the Mcity Test Facility: OmniAir's Ann Arbor Plugfest, and SAE's AutoDrive Challenge II. The Plugfest, held in May, drew connected vehicle device makers, test labs, and test equipment providers from around the world for a week of testing.

SAE arrived in June with 10 student teams from universities across the globe competing in the first year of AutoDrive Challenge II. The AutoDrive Challenge is sponsored by General Motors, an affiliate industry member of Mcity.  


Mcity at the University of Michigan is an interdisciplinary, public-private partnership bringing together industry, government, and U-M researchers across campus to transform mobility for the benefit of society.