Imagining a world without human drivers in this fake Michigan city
Mcity is a 'town' for driver-less cars. Thirty-two acres on the Ann Arbor campus of The University of Michigan is the first urban environment created specifically for testing autonomous vehicle technologies.
"We're not going to let Silicon Valley take this technology away. This is the center of the universe for automotive technology," said Michigan Sen. Gary Peters.
Mcity has roundabouts, construction obstacles, traffic lights, streetlights, sidewalks, and even a downtown district. The props allow researchers to arrange real-life traffic scenarios to see how the self-driving vehicles react.
Facts about self-driving cars:
As of May 2015, Google's 23 self-driving cars have been involved in 11 minor traffic accidents on public roads.
The Jeep Cherokee (2014) is the most hackable computer-operated car. The Dodge Viper (2014) is the least hackable.
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