These are engineers from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor who had this brilliant idea. The Mobility Transformation Unit is currently under construction on the university’s north campus and has an area of about 13 hectares. This partnership between major car manufacturers and university researchers will test the safety and effectiveness of new driverless cars.
The idea is to simulate various real situations with heavy traffic to develop the new generation of cars, in part or fully automatic. The complex includes a four-lane highway, road signs, traffic lights, intersections, roundabouts, intersection with a railroad, facades of buildings and even mechanical cyclists and pedestrians. “We will program this test city just like we code a software,” says Edwin Olson, an engineer involved in the project, “We will be able to implement very complex timing lights or run a pedestrian on the road at the worst time, among others. “
This artificial city is not a mere hypothesis under consideration. The Mobility Transformation Unit hopes to launch a system of automatic and independent cars by 2021. Everything has been done to create an environment in which all vehicles, with or without driver, are connected and can communicate for optimal function and safety.
This city really looks awesome! We congratulate the researchers who developed this idea and we wish them good luck with the project. In writing, we are pleased to see that how much effort is being done to make the driverless cars of tomorrow safe and reliable. Would you feel completely confident travelling in an automatic car?