Research, Support and Economic Drive
April 21, 2021
Fifteen Years in, CAVS Continues to Help Mississippi Manufacturing Thrive
Students under the supervision of project leader Matthew Doude, work on the undercarriage of the "Halo Project" supercar, a self-driving, all-electric SUV being developed by MSU's Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems. It builds on the center's legacy of automotive innovation and is just one of the cutting-edge projects underways as the center celebrates 15 years.
In 2001, Mississippi officials saw a chance to secure the state's first automotive manufacturing plant--major investment from Nissan that would create billions of dollars in economic impact.
They turned to the state's leading research university to help make it a reality. The results of their efforts became Mississippi State University's Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, which was created with a two-fold mission--conduct world-class research in areas relevant to the manufacturing sector and, through CAVS Extension, provide direct support to manufacturers like Nissan and their supply chain.