For the first time in the history of Motor-Technology, a fake town has been built to test the product of a company. Coming to the details, Mcity, an urbanized test ground for the Google’s driver-less cars was opened today at the university of Michigan.
The test-town built in an area of 32-acres has all the simulated facilities like the intersections, streets, sidewalks and traffic lights. Researchers are also using the robot dummies in the place of humans to create artificial obstructions to the driver-less vehicles during it’s journey. Reports suggest that the town has been built to test the vehicle in all the possible and scenarios and develop it accordingly.
The Mcity will play a key role in studying how these cars respond to different conditions. The main aspects of study may include the recognition of the pedestrians and the traffic signals by the car. This plays a key role as the World is now expecting the autonomous cars to be on roads in a decade to replace the human-driven vehicles.
The car will also be tested under extreme weather conditions such as the heavy snowfalls which is common in the areas of Michigan.
Mcity was developed in partnership by the university’s Mobility Transformation Center, which researches technological advancements in transportation systems, and the Michigan Department of Transportation.
Peter Sweatman, director of the Mobility Transformation Center, said ” There are increasingly many challenges ahead as automated vehicles are deployed on the roads. There are a number of potentially important things to consider in the development of the project”, The Huffingtonpost reports.
Google has started testing the automated vehicles a few months back. It has first tested the driver-less vehicles in its headquarters in California and later tried them on the street roads. However, the tests did not come out as fruitful, an autonomous car has almost hit another autonomous car operated from another end, during it’s test trial on public streets in the past.