INSIGHT | Winter 2023
New white paper outlines data privacy principles to consider before launching smart city tech
Cover of white paper. White type against dark blue background that says Privacy Frameworks for Smart Cities.

A new white paper from Covington & Burling LLP, a global law firm based in Washington DC, published in partnership with Mcity, identifies some of the core privacy considerations raised by smart cities initiatives — government surveillance and data security — and proposes a set of core principles to consider in developing and deploying smart cities technologies. Covington & Burling is a member of Mcity's Leadership Circle of partners.

U-M joins EV and mobility talent development initiative, offering scholarships up to $10,000
Production of Ford F-150 Lightning electric truck
The Michigander EV Scholars program is a one-year pilot project led by the Michigan Economic Development Corp.'s Talent Action Team, or TAT. TAT is a public-private partnership of major Michigan employers, academic institutions and Michigan Works! agencies across the state. In addition to U-M, universities involved in the scholars program include Michigan State University and Michigan Technological University. The program will award scholarships of as much as $10,000 to undergraduate students who accept positions with participating employers.

Information about U-M’s program, upcoming networking events and how to apply can be found on the Michigander EV Scholars page on Mcity's website.

Mcity Staff Spotlight
U-M grad student uses every toddler's favorite ride to develop robotic platform for AV testing
Robotics graduate student Ryan Lewis with the robotic platform he developed at Mcity. The platform can accommodate a variety of objects such as the Little Tykes Cozy Coupe toy car seen here for use in AV testing.
Imagine losing sight of your child playing in the yard as you back the family car down the driveway. There have been too many tragic stories of drivers running over small children they couldn't see behind their vehicle. Detecting objects -- and people -- suddenly in the path of an automated vehicle is one of the many safety challenges engineers must solve. U-M robotics graduate student Ryan Lewis chose Little Tike's Cozy Coupe as one of the interchangeable objects that can be mounted on the robotic proxy platform he developed while working at Mcity.
USDOT renews funding for regional CAV transportation research center led by U-M
A new $15 million, 5-year grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation renews and expands the Center for Connected and Automated Transportation (CCAT), based in Ann Arbor and led by U-M. The partnership now brings together nine colleges and universities to focus on significantly advancing the U.S. transportation system with emerging technologies that address safety and sustainability. Mcity Director Henry Liu is also director of CCAT.

Coming Events
Catch up on the latest in mobility innovation at U-M's 2023 Global Symposium. Register now!

2023 CCAT Global Symposium
Presented by Mcity and UMTRI
April 4-5, 2023
Washtenaw Community College, Ypsilanti, Michigan


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.