General Motors, Ford and Toyota are joining the University of Michigan to establish a testing site for driverless cars that will simulate a cityscape in an effort to help make such vehicles commercially viable.
The Michigan Mobility Transformation Center’s 32-acre testing site in Ann Arbor is scheduled to be completed this fall. The facility will include concrete and asphalt roads with intersections, traffic signs and signals, sidewalks, roundabouts, benches, simulated buildings, streetlights and obstacles such as construction barriers.
Automakers hope research done at the site will reduce the number of crashes, relieve urban congestion, cut pollution and reduce energy use. Each automaker has committed $1 million over three years to support the program.
— The Associated Press