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The future of transportation: Driverless cars, MCity on tap for October GML

October’s Good Morning Livingston program — “Driverless and Connected Vehicles: Now and in the Future” — will give you a birds-eye view of Mcity, the world’s first controlled environment specifically designed to test connected and automated vehicle technologies that will lead the way to mass-market driverless cars.

u-m-opens-mcity-test-environment-for-connected-and-driverless-vehicles-main-street-orig-20150720Mcity, designed and developed by U-M’s interdisciplinary MTC, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), is a 32-acre simulated urban and suburban environment that includes a network of roads with intersections, traffic signs and signals, streetlights, building facades, sidewalks and construction obstacles. It is designed to support rigorous, repeatable testing of new technologies before they are tried out on public streets and highways.

Mcity underscores Michigan’s emergence as a leader in advanced mobility, building on the state’s position as the global center of automotive research and development for more than a century. Michigan, with the highest concentration of industrial and mechanical engineers in the country, is also home to 375 automotive research centers.

Debra Bezzina, senior program manager of Mcity, will describe the project and how it’s being used. She’ll share what’s been learned thus far, and what they are seeing in connected/autonomous vehicles and goals for the future. Eric Dennis, transportation system analyst at the Center for Automotive Research, will cover trends, the regulatory environment, security issues, customer acceptance, etc.

The breakfast program begins at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at The Johnson Center at Cleary University, 3725 Cleary Drive.

The cost for the event is $20 for members with reservations; $25 for members at the door; and $30 for future and non-members.

You can save time at registration and get a pass to use to bring along a client or co-worker to a program when you purchase a subscription to Good Morning Livingston. Your $160 subscription gets you all eight GML programs in the series. Contact the chamber at 517.546.3920 or chamber@howell.org for subscription information.

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