Michigan Aims To Launch Driverless Car Fleet By 2021

Michigan Aims To Launch Driverless Car Fleet By 2021

The University of Michigan wants to put 2,000 autonomous vehicles on the road and is currently testing them out.

Serena Chu
  • 27 january 2014

Instead of competing with auto manufacturers and Google to see who can develop the most elaborate systems that will guide driverless cars, the University of Michigan is confident that an intricate communicative network and a stable infrastructure are essential to integrating autonomous vehicles into the urban environment.

The city of Ann Arbor has teamed up with the university’s Mobility Transformation Center to work towards putting the nation’s first fleet of networked, driverless vehicles on the road within the next eight years.


The Safety Pilot project, which now includes 2,800 volunteers from Ann Arbor, is the university’s preliminary action towards its ambitious goal. Now into its second year, the project has successfully collected 12 billion wireless transmissions from the volunteer vehicles. Each of these cars was equipped with radio communications devices that talk to traffic signals at 25 intersections, providing essential information on traffic situations and driving conditions to university.


Jim Sayer, the Mobility Transformation Center’s director of deployment, believes wireless transmissions are better suited for driverless steering because these devices allow a car to communicate with the car ahead of it and know to give it some room, something Google’s sensor system does not account for.

With a $6.5 million driverless car test facility in sight, the university will continue to work with the auto industry to bring about a driverless town, as well as a fully operational self-driving taxi service by 2021.

Source: Fast Coexist, UMICH




Lancôme's Newest Campaign Stars A Domestic Abuse Survivor

Arts & Culture Yesterday

Small Urban Pavilions Create A Nature Refuge In East London

These relaxing micro shelters provide a haven amidst chaotic city environments

Travel Yesterday

Travel Laundry Pouch Washes Your Clothes Wherever You Are

The Scrubba Wash Bag helps anyone wash their clothes easily and quickly with just a little water and soap


Get PSFK's Related Report: Future of Automotive

See All
Social Media Yesterday

Swipe Up To Register To Vote On Snapchat

The social platform has partnered with TurboVote to help young people easily enroll in less than one minute

Children Yesterday

Battle Card Game Promotes Childhood Vaccinations

An Australian doctor has developed a playful way to inform parents about immunization and entertain kids

Related Expert

Jonathan Waecker

Advertising, Arts & Culture, Entertainment, Future of Gaming, Media & Publishing, Technology, Work & Business

Fitness / Sport Yesterday

Oakley And Intel’s Sunglasses Give You A Built-In Personal Trainer Wherever You Go

The sunglasses/earbuds hybrid tracks your performance and lets you know how well your workouts are going

Experiential Marketing Yesterday

UNICEF’s ‘Time Machine’ Tells Stories With Data

An experiential installation at the UN General Assembly reminds us why every child matters

Design & Architecture Yesterday

Watch The World’s Tallest Building Become An LED Display

Burj Khalifa gives a backstage look at how the transformation came to be


Future Of Automotive
Scenarios Driving The Digital Transformation Of An Industry

PSFK Op-Ed september 26, 2016

Why Building Better Offices Is The Key To Employee Engagement

Interaction Designer and Audio-visual Technologist at ESI Design illustrates the value in creating environments filled with surprise and delight

PSFK Labs Yesterday

Modern Workplace Culture: No More Fat Cats Or Kissing Ass

Samar Birwadker, CEO & Co-Founder of Good & Co, on designing shared organizational values to optimize employee happiness and success

Travel Yesterday

Boeing Wants To Make Your Flight Better With Cloud And Star Projections

The manufacturer is trying to patent a projection system that would allow them to project images onto a plane's interior surfaces

Latin America Yesterday

Colombians Teach Dance To Fund Students’ Education

Chocó to Dance is a platform that shows you how to replicate popular Latin dances to help create scholarships for local students

Work Yesterday

Editorial Roundtable: What A People-First Workplace Must Prioritize First

Managed By Q, Soma, Workbar, Primary, AltSchool and thinkPARALLAX on why employee fulfillment is a journey and not a destination

Culture Yesterday

Brand Engagement At The Gates Of The World’s Largest Open-Air Gallery

Tiger Beer and a neighborhood-minded nonprofit celebrate and promote New York's creative spirit by beautifying 100 security gates


Future Of Work
Cultivating The Next Generation Of Leaders

Technology Yesterday

How Technology Can Save The World By Saving Time

PSFK attends the Social Good Summit 2016 to see how new tech is changing the world for the better

Travel Yesterday

Marriott’s Gravity Room Installation Gives Travelers A New Perspective

The luxury hotel chain's #MGravityRoom invites visitors to snap and share pictures of its inverted set up

No search results found.