Drone Testing City Opens in Michigan

An entire 11-hectare mini-city filled with fake buildings, road signs and mock pedestrians opened at the University of Michigan yesterday. The testing city-proving ground, dubbed Mcity, is designed to test various unmanned autonomous vehicles, as well as vehicles that can communicate with each other.

Mcity includes a network of urban, suburban and rural roads and offers many highly realistic driving situations that an autonomous car can face, including road works, accidents, pedestrians, cyclists, tunnels and more. Unlike ordinary city streets and facades, the test city has a completely resizable structure, which makes it possible to simulate almost any situation.

Gorod-M will allow researchers and scientists to test new technologies related to unmanned vehicles before releasing them on the streets of real cities.