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(FOX 2) – Government officials and Ford Motor Company announced plans for a major transportation initiative in southeast Michigan – a first-of-its-kind autonomous vehicle corridor that would stretch from downtown Detroit to Ann Arbor.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer alongside Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford made the announcement Thursday afternoon at the news conference outside Michigan Central Station in Detroit.

The project, which is being called an “advanced transportation and mobility technology and infrastructure effort,” would build or assign dedicated lanes for automated vehicles on a 40-mile stretch of highway between Detroit and Ann Arbor.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and Congresswomen Debbie Dingell, Brenda Lawrence and Rashida Tlaib also attended the announcement.

Organizers say the project is the first of its kind in the U.S.

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