University of Michigans living lab to test automated driving

University of Michiganês living lab to test automated driving

–Motor vehicle crashes remain the single biggest public health crisis in the United States,” costing $240 billion a year, said Peter Sweatman, director of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. Roads are in poor repair, drivers may be distracted by their phones (a subject covered by others speakers) and a huge wave of aging baby boomers could resist regulation of older drivers.

The University of Michigan has designed a 32-acre campus facility, M City, with the types of situations found in everyday driving: Intersections, roundabouts, traffic signs and signals, streetlights, parked cars and obstacles, like construction barriers. M City, designed and built in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Transportation, is designed to test both connected and automated vehicle technology in what Sweatman called a –living lab.” The grand opening is scheduled for July.

In the Q&A, Sweatman said that within 10 years, much of our highway driving will be done by machine.

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