Researchers Build Real Life Fake City to Test Future Transportation

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Sim City, population: Zero. Researchers at University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and Xerox are building a 32-acre fake city, complete with intersections, construction, traffic signals, and every other complication of city life that a driver might encounter, except people. They will be testing cars that can communicate with each other, as well as infrastructure, to automatically pay tolls or find open parking.

This Real Life Sim City Will Be A Testing Ground For New Transportation Technologies | Co.Exist

(Image credits: University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute)

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