MCity: a fictional city conquered by driverless cars circulating

The Truman Show, Open your eyes, a false city at your disposal can not be a utopia, sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. Realities such as the famous cities “ghost” Chinese (see Forbes), or monuments to the Spanish housing bubble, as Seseña, was erected just a few kilometers from the capital. But MCity is much more than that. MCity is a great decoration of 13 hectares with its streets, its signs, cardboard stone buildings, and cars that abound here and there without driver . In MCity will not live anybody, but this city will be responsible for leading many of the technologies that will completely transform the cities of the future.


In Michigan a miniature city stands – or a great set, depending how you look. – Composed of streets and actual signage, cardboard stone buildings and moving cars without driver [1.99901 million]

MCity comes from the hand of the University of Michigan and the Michigan Department of Transportation. Construction began last year and today is already fully ready to begin to be carried out the work for which it was created.

The big question is this. If MCity have no houses, only decorated papier-mache, and nobody lives in it, what created this fictional town?

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MCity is a fictional city that are developing technologies that will revolutionize life in the cities of the future.

MCity was conceived as the perfect setting to develop technologies for autonomous and semi-autonomous driving also connected car solutions, in a completely safe environment that truthfully reflect the reality of the cities to which someday arrive this technology. That’s why the project has also been supported and financed by industry-leading manufacturers such as Ford, General Motors, Honda, Nissan, Toyota, Delphi, Denso, Navistar, Qualcomm and so on.

True autonomous cars have already started to roll on public roads, authorizations as those issued by the state of California. But the limits that developers are still finding their evidence in open environments are still many . There are aspects that are sometimes not so easy to predict, as an erratic signage, road markings confusing or even signals that have been decorated with graffities or attacked by vandalism. Push the boundaries of these technologies, on the other hand, could pose a danger to other drivers. But apparently with the analysis of accidents autonomous cars Google, it seems that the human being is itself the best enemy of the human being and not the technology that still generates many doubts and confusion.

The University and the Michigan Department of Transportation has planned an even more ambitious plan, that in a few years moving thousands of freelancers through its streets and roads, in a pilot-scale test cars. [1.99901 million]

But project at the University of Michigan contribution makers in diverse areas (usually automotive, communications and technology) is even more ambitious . The next step – within three years – will create a huge fleet of 3,000 vehicles autonomous cars that will eventually grow to 9,000, which will begin rolling between the traffic in the city of Ann Arbor. If the project is not stopped, the autonomous fleet could be increased to 20,000 even autonomous vehicles around Michigan. So, then, it would be expected to Michigan cities including Ann Arbor could tell even with a fleet of 2,000 completely independent “taxis” to serve its citizens.

Via: Gizmodo
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