ANN ARBOR, MI – A 32-acre “mini-city” designed expressly for testing connected and automated vehicle systems, and other emerging 21st-century smart city technologies, is set to open this spring at the University of Michigan’s North campus, with a formal opening planned for July.
Called M City, the one-of-a-kind facility will include a network of roads with up to five lanes, intersections, roundabouts, roadway markings, traffic signs and signals, sidewalks, bus facilities, benches, simulated buildings, streetlights, parked cars, pedestrians and obstacles like construction barriers.
A key goal of the U-M initiative is to implement a connected and automated mobility system on the streets of southeastern Michigan by 2021
When implemented on a large scale, systems of connected and automated vehicles can dramatically improve safety, relieve traffic congestion, cut back on emissions, conserve energy and maximize transportation accessibility.
Designed and built in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Transportation, M City’s roadway construction was completed in December.