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Autonomous car testing plans move ahead after property deal

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Plans to convert the site of a former General Motors plant that once pumped out World War II-era bombers into an autonomous car testing facility are moving forward.

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. and the Revitalizing Auto Communities Environmental Response Trust on Monday announced a $1.2 million purchase agreement for the acquisition of 311 acres at Willow Run in Washtenaw County's Ypsilanti Township.

The project was highlighted by Gov. Rick Snyder during his state of the state address in January, when he said he was working with Michigan's congressional representatives to help make it happen.

The nonprofit American Center for Mobility was formed to develop the project.

The RACER Trust took over sites around the country left behind in Detroit-based GM's 2009 bankruptcy reorganization.

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