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University of Michigan

University of Michigan opens test "city" for autonomous cars

Automakers and researchers say a new simulated city at the University of Michigan could help speed the development of driverless and connected cars. The 32-acre site on the university's campus officially opened Monday. The $10 million testing ground will be run by the Mobility Transformation Center, a partnership between the university, state and federal governments and auto and technology companies. The site has many familiar features of urban driving, including intersections, a railroad crossing, two roundabouts, brick and gravel roads and parking spaces. Moveable building facades and fake pedestrians can be altered for different kinds of tests. There's a simulated highway...