Published: June 1, 2015 | Michigan, United States
While automakers and suppliers with big marketing budgets tout their self-driving escapades (Audi, Delphi, Daimler, Tesla) in the Silicon Valey and beyond, the University of Michigan (U-M) is testing self-driving cars in the real-life situations with the support of DSRC (Dedicated Short Range Communications) infrastructure in a simulated city “Mcity” at the Mobility Transformation Center.
The university’s 32-acre life-like test area is now operational and supported by major automakers, suppliers and affiliated companies. The sponsors plan to share their resources, knowledge and engineering to develop new self-driving technology at the “one-of-a-kind” test facility that will have a formal opening in July.
While other self-driving testers adapt cars by added sensors and cameras, the U-M adds the additional communication of V2V (vehicle-to-vehicle) and V2I (vehicle-to-infrasctructure). Therefore, the vehicle doesn’t have to wait to see if the traffic is changing, it knows exactly when the traffic light is changing.
Mcity includes approximately five lane-miles of roads with intersections, traffic signs and signals, sidewalks, benches, simulated buildings, street lights, and obstacles such as construction barriers. The MTC is also developing on-roadway deployments of more than 20,000 cars, trucks and buses across southeastern Michigan to to evaluate consumer driving behavior and other experiments. U-M is working to cover all of Ann Arbor with DSRC and 9,000 vehicles. DSRC transponders are being placed on major highways, traffic lights and street lights.
The program is funded by Leadership Circle partners (Bosch, Econolite, Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Denso, Honda, Nissan, Bosch, Verizon, State Farm, Xerox , Qualcomm and Iteris) and Affiliate members.
Source: auto connected car news