University of Michigan has opened Mcity. Mcity is city built to test autonomous vehicles.
The University of Michigan opened Mcity, which is the world's first controlled environment specifically designed to test technologies that will lead the way to mass-market driverless cars.
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"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."
Mcity was designed and developed by U-M's interdisciplinary MTC, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).
"MTC and Mcity highlight the interdisciplinary strengths of U-M," said U-M President Mark Schlissel. "The initiative also demonstrates the great potential in working with partners outside the university to address compelling issues of broad impact."
Mcity is 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. It is designed to support rigorous, repeatable testing of new technologies before they are tried out on public streets and highways.
"There are many challenges ahead as automated vehicles are increasingly deployed on real roadways," Sweatman said. "Mcity is a safe, controlled, and realistic environment where we are going to figure out how the incredible potential of connected and automated vehicles can be realized quickly, efficiently and safely."
About $10 million has been invested in the test facility, with funding coming from U-M and MDOT. Mcity will be available for use by any organization, but priority will be given to MTC partners and U-M faculty and students.
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Via the University of Michigan site.