• Driving technology forward

    A new autonomous electric vehicle is opening up groundbreaking opportunities for students and researchers.

  • western branded vehicle

    $2.5 Million Grant

    Western researchers land $2.5M grant to accelerate energy efficiency in autonomous vehicles

  • Asher next to autonomous test car

    When it rains, it stalls: WMU team studies weather impacts on autonomous vehicle technology

    Autonomous technology is driving the future of transportation worldwide. But what good are self-driving cars if they can only operate in perfect weather?

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    Autonomous vehicle research rolling onto WMU campus

    Transportation of the future has arrived on the Western Michigan University campus.

  • EEAV students present to K12 classes

    Energizing a new generation

    Alexandra Masterson, aerospace engineering undergraduate student, and Pritesh Patil, mechanical engineering Ph.D. student, are busy sharing information about energy efficient and autonomous vehicles with Kalamazoo area school children in an effort to encourage more students to enter STEM fields and to share exciting advances in autonomous vehicle technologies.

    Meet Masterson and Patil

  • Student being interviewed by reporter

    Commercializing new technology

    Fox17 West Michigan visited the lab recently to interview the student group hoping to commercialize technology for driving autonomous vehicles in snow.

    Watch the story


Western Michigan University's Energy Efficient and Autonomous Vehicles Lab actively pursues a realization of sustainable and safe automotive transportation through research and development. Under the direction of Dr. Zachary Asher, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, the laboratory has  partnerships with industry, government, national laboratories and other universities to develop and commercialize key technologies in this space, including autonomous vehicle infrastructure, perception in adverse weather, resilience engineering and energy efficient operational techniques.