University of Michigan builds fake town for driverless cars
J Thoendell stashed this in Cars
Driverless car technology pioneered by Google, as well as upstart competitors like Tesla, are threatening to move the industry’s center of gravity west to Silicon Valley.
Michigan isn’t giving up without a fight. The University of Michigan and state officials launched a new driverless car research center in Ann Arbor yesterday, pledging to renew the rustbelt as a hub of auto innovation.
The research center, Mcity, is built on 32 acres of the university’s campus. It’s basically a fake town designed to simulate everything a driverless car could face in the real world. Cars will drive down concrete, asphalt, brick, and dirt roads, navigating around intersections, traffic signals, construction barriers, and other obstacles. There are sidewalks and movable facades meant to evoke small town America.
This looks so bush league...
I see your point.
Michigan is building a fake town while Google is just sending their self-driving cars all over Silicon Valley?