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Michigan to Build Fake City

Mechatronic pedestrians who occasionally pop out into traffic will test whether self-driving cars can react in time to avoid running down a real person.

Fri April 10, 2015 - National Edition
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Dailymail.co.uk is reporting that a 32 acre facility is being constructed to resemble a city and being used to test the functionality of self-driving cars.
Dailymail.co.uk is reporting that a 32 acre facility is being constructed to resemble a city and being used to test the functionality of self-driving cars.

Dailymail.co.uk is reporting that a 32 acre facility is being constructed to resemble a city and being used to test the functionality of self-driving cars.

At first glance it seems like any other city, with five lane roads, intersections, buildings and even pedestrians waving as you pass.

However, M City, in Ann Arbor, is devoid of one thing - people.

It has been built to test the latest generation of self-driving cars, and even the pedestrians are actually mechanical.

M City starts running on July 20 and has carmakers and tech companies queuing up to conduct research on its roads.

The city is designed to give car makers a safe place to test their new technology.

There’s a four-lane highway with entrance and exit ramps to test how cars without a driver would merge.

’Mechatronic pedestrians’ who occasionally pop out into traffic will test whether sensors and automatic brakes can react in time to avoid running down a real person.

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