Michigan Opens Fake City for Testing Driverless Cars

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Michigan Opens Fake City for Testing Driverless Cars

The world’s first controlled environment specifically for testing driverless and connected cars has opened.

Dubbed Mcity, the University of Michigan is fulfilling its promise of helping develop autonomous and connected vehicles with the new facility, which is basically a 32-acre simulated urban and suburban environment that includes a network of roads with intersections, traffic signs and signals, streetlights, building facades, sidewalks and construction obstacles.

Designed and developed by University of Michigan’s interdisciplinary MTC and in partnership with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), Mcity is designed to support rigorous, repeatable testing of new technologies before they’re tested on public roadways.

SEE ALSO: University of Michigan Ramps Up Connected Car Research

Along with self-driving vehicles, Mcity will support vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure technologies, or “talking cars.” MTC is working closely with 15 Leadership Circle member companies, each investing $1-million over three years. In addition, 33 Affiliate Members are also contributing and investing $150,000 over three years. Currently, the 15 Leadership Circle companies are: Delphi Automotive PLC, DENSO Corporation, Econolite Group, Inc., Ford, General Motors, Honda, Iteris, Inc., Navistar, Inc., Nissan, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Robert Bosch LLC, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, Toyota, Verizon Communications, Inc. and Xerox Corp.

“We believe that this transformation to connected and automated mobility will be a game changer for safety, for efficiency, for energy, and for accessibility,” said Peter Sweatman, director of the U-M Mobility Transformation Center. “Our cities will be much better to live in, our suburbs will be much better to live in. These technologies truly open the door to 21st century mobility.”

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  • craigcole

    We don’t need no stinking fake city! Just go to parts of Flint or Detroit; they’re abandoned.