Goodyear’s smartest tires are heading off to college.

The Akron tire maker will expand testing of so-called intelligent tires at a University of Michigan-led proving ground called Mcity used for automated and connected vehicles and other technologies.

Goodyear on Thursday said it will test electric and autonomous vehicles at the public-private Mcity test facility, which has about 16 acres of roads and other infrastructure, to further develop intelligent tires, the application of sensors, and extends its role in managing the connection of tires to the road, to vehicles and eventually to consumers.

Goodyear is the only tire company using the test facility. It joins nearly 60 other companies at Mcity that include automotive manufacturers and suppliers, chip and hardware makers, insurance providers, and companies engaged in such technologies as advanced modeling, big data acquisition, and intelligent transportation systems, Goodyear said in a news release.

“To generate mobility solutions involving tires, and even beyond tires, we are actively working with key players to shape the future for autonomous vehicles and ride-sharing fleets, and the activity at Mcity will help get us there even faster,” Chris Helsel, Goodyear’s chief technology officer, said in a news release.

“ ... The collaboration with other stakeholders at Mcity will offer potential benefits to deliver solutions in tire electronics and information systems, enhancing overall vehicle performance, safety and the consumer experience,” Helsel said.