University of Michigan to open automated vehicle test facility

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WXYZ) - An automated vehicle test facility is set to open this fall on the North Campus of University of Michigan. 

The Mobility Transformation Facility will be 32 acres of simulated city center and four-lane highway. The purpose of the facility is to allow researchers to test how automated and networked vehicles respond to rare but dangerous traffic events and road conditions. 

The testing facility will have merge lanes, stop lights, intersections, roundabouts, railroad crossings and several other features.

This will model the type of automated mobility system that the center aims to have in place by 2021 in Ann Arbor.

This type of testing allows for researchers to ensure these advanced cars are safe for the real world, according to researchers.

Operating under U-M's Mobility Transformation Center, the facility will be partially funded by the College of Engineering.

Construction will occur this summer.

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