Mcity's Fake Buildings Will Be Used to Test Autonomous Vehicles

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Jul 28, 2015
References: ns.umich.edu & gizmag
Mcity is a collection of 28 acres of fake buildings, road signs and pedestrians, situated at the University of Michigan. This project wasn't designed to prank or troll people, but was rather designed to test the university's fleet of connected and autonomous vehicles.

The Mcity development allows researchers to test new technologies in a controlled and dedicated environment, before exposing the vehicles to the rigors of the real world. Mcity's building facades are movable while the traffic signal networks are manipulable, allowing for all kinds of testing possibilities.

This innovative development allows for controlled testing that can be managed with solid oversight, whilst also allowing for flexibility. Given that autonomous vehicles are still in the early stages of development, it makes sense for them to be tested in a safe and controllable environment like Mcity.