Michigan’s Fake Town to Test Self-Driving Vehicles Opens [VIDEO]
Earlier last year, we brought you a story about the University of Michigan building a fake city for automakers to test self-driving vehicles. Well, a little over a year later, the construction of the 32-acre MCity is complete and reportedly ready to begin research.
Original reports said the city, which is located on the UM campus, was being designed specifically for Google. However, the latest news suggests the facility will likely be a universal hub for motor manufactures across the United States to test self-driving models.
In fact, nearly 50 companies have reportedly partnered with MCity, including “Ford, General Motors, Nissan, Bosch, Delphi, Honda, Toyota, State Farm, Xerox and Verizon,” according to The Washington Post.
Researchers say the new course will be used to fine tune aspects of automated vehicles that cannot be tested elsewhere due to the potential for injury and property damage.
Here is a map of the facility: