ANN ARBOR – University of Michigan and Ford Motor Co. are opening a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to developing robots and roboticists.

The facility aims to improve people’s lives and keep them safe with its research and to promote a more equitable society.

The Ford Motor Company Robotics Building is on U-M’s North Campus. The $75 million complex spans 134,000 square feet and is the new hub of U-M’s Robotics Institute. The first three floors house classrooms, makerspaces, offices and custom research labs to develop robots that walk, roll, fly and augment the human body.

The building’s fourth floor holds a robotics and mobility research lab for Ford — the first on any university campus, as well as 100 Ford engineers and researchers.