美国第一个专门为自动驾驶汽车研发建设的“城市”并非人们非常熟悉的科技黄金地带--硅谷,而是在密歇根州。该州专为自动驾驶汽车研发建造了一座叫做MCity的“城市”,借此来吸引更多的初创公司来这里发展。据了解,目前已经有3家来自加州的自动驾驶技术研发初创公司将研发基地设在了MCity。它们分别是Zendrive、PolySync、Civil Maps。

City Built for Future Cars: Zendrive Partners with TechLab at Mcity

We’re excited to announce that we have been chosen by the University of Michigan (U-M) Center for Entrepreneurship, in partnership with U-M Transportation Research Institute and the U­-M Mobility Transformation Center (MTC), to join TechLab at Mcitythis fall for the second term in a row.

TechLab is an experiential learning incubator that matches innovative technology companies like Zendrive with students interested in applying classroom learning to practical technology development.

MTC’s partners also include large automakers, insurance providers,telecommunications companies and federal, state and city governments.

Hollywood Backlot Meets Transportation Lab

Mcity is the world’s first controlled environment specifically designed to support rigorous, repeatable testing of connected and automated vehicle technologies before they are tried on public streets and highways.


Like any other city, Mcity has five lane roads, intersections, buildings and pedestrians waving as cars pass. Except on this 32-acre driving track, the building facades can be rearranged, and the pedestrians are mechanical popups.

The $6.5 million facility is outfitted with a four-lane highway with entrance and exit ramps, bridge, tunnel, intersections, sidewalks, construction obstacles, and minor details such as road signs defaced by graffiti and faded lane markings. To better replicate driving in Europe, Mcity even features a roundabout.

Check out this video of what it’s like to drive at Mcity:

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