Driverless vehicle site to be operational in spring

Associated Press

Ann Arbor — A Michigan testing site for connected and driverless cars that will simulate a cityscape is expected to be operational this spring.

Called “M City,” the 32-acre site is taking shape on the University of Michigan’s North Campus in Ann Arbor. Designed and built in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Transportation, roadway construction at the facility was completed in December.

The school’s Mobility Transformation Center says a formal opening is planned for July.

The site will include a network of roads with up to five lanes, intersections, roundabouts, roadway markings, traffic signs, signals and sidewalks. Also planned are bus facilities, benches, simulated buildings, streetlights, parked cars and obstacles.

The school wants Ann Arbor to be home to a shared fleet of networked, driverless vehicles by 2021.