Ann Arbor, US is preparing
Home to the University of Michigan’s MCity, a sprawling 32-acre ghost town purpose-built as a proving ground for connected vehicles, Ann Arbor has staked an early claim as the US auto industry’s key hub for AV innovation. All eyes are on what The New York Times described as “a one-of-a-kind, living laboratory for the technologies that will pave the way” to the driverless future.
For now, fully-autonomous driving in Ann Arbor remains confined to MCity. However, the University of Michigan is exploring the deployment of up to 50 on-demand shuttles on its North Campus, operating on university-controlled roads. And Ford Motor Company and Domino’s Pizza are simulating how people might interact with AV-enabled services. The two companies conducted a month-long pizza delivery test using AV-capable vehicles accompanied by a human safety engineer in the driver’s seat.