How will driverless cars change the way we move and interact on our city streets?
At the University of Michigan, the new Michigan Mobility Transformation Facility actually gives researchers a glimpse of our cities of the future.
The university is building a 30-acre simulated city, complete with buildings, signs, benches and multiple lanes. Check it out:
the Mobility Transformation Facility (MTF) simulates the broad range of complexities vehicles encounter in urban and suburban environments. It includes approximately three lane-miles of roads with intersections, traffic signs and signals, sidewalks, benches, simulated buildings, street lights, and obstacles such as construction barriers. Current plans call for the facility be completed by the fall of 2014.
The facility will test both driverless cars and connected cars, exploring how these cars will change the world.
“Testing new technologies in a realistic off-roadway environment is an essential step before a significant number of highly automated vehicles can be deployed safely on actual roadways,” explains the website.
Here at True Pictures, we love imagining this simulated world without drivers.
What could go wrong in this testing facility? What could they discover that would change the world?