Contact Us

Michigan Building Fake City to Test Self-Driving Vehicles

Subscribe to Banana 101.5 on

In an attempt to study the effectiveness of Google’s self-driving vehicles, the University of Michigan’s Engineering College is building a fake city where researchers intend to study how these pilotless cars can handle unexpected road conditions.

The simulated city will encompass 32 acres complete with a four lane highway, which researchers will use to test how well “networked vehicles” operate when put in dangerous situations or unsatisfactory road conditions. It will come with everything a real city has to offer, including “merge lanes, stoplights, intersections, roundabouts, road signs, a railroad crossing, building facades, construction barrels and eventually a mechanical pedestrian.”

Researchers say the facility will be managed by UM’s Mobility Transformation Center, which will initially employ the use of an automated Ford Fusion for the study. “The type of testing we’re talking about doing – it’s not possible to do today in the university infrastructure,” said Ryan Eustice, an associate professor of naval architecture and marine engineering. “Every time a vehicle comes around the loop, it can hit something unusual. That will give us a leg up on getting these vehicles mature and robust and safe.”

Perhaps, one day, this technology will put an end to drinking and driving, not to mention make it less dangerous to receive road head.

Mobility Transformation Center/University of Michigan.

Trending on

Recommended for You

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Please solve this simple math problem to prove that you are a real person.

Sign up for Friends With Benefits quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Friends With Benefits contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.