A $7.8 million driving simulation and vehicle development center is being planned for Novi.

Multimatic Sales & Marketing Inc., a subsidiary of Canada-based Multimatic Inc., is building a “state-of-the-art driving simulator” called SimCenter, which will create 50 new jobs, according to a Wednesday news release from the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

The privately held auto supplier will develop technology for hybrid and electric vehicles at the center, which will include conference rooms, equipment test cells, a control room and test property preparation area. It said it would be “the first of its kind in North America” and operate as an extension of the company’s other simulators in Canada and England.

“We welcome Multimatic’s commitment to Michigan and becoming a key contributor to the state’s

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