INSIGHT | Summer 2019
What Good is a Driverless Car if Using it Makes you Nauseous?
Up to one-third of Americans experience motion sickness. In a car, the condition tends to flare when you're a passenger rather than a driver, and when you're engaged in something other than looking out the window—using a device, for example. So this sizable segment of society stands to miss out on some of the key promises of self-driving technology.

Mcity-funded researchers aren't willing to accept that. They've developed a testbed for investigating, in a repeatable and reliable way, what specific real-world driving maneuvers and passenger activities make people carsick. No such methodology existed before. 
New Software Allows Users to Control Mcity Test Facility
We have new tools for researchers and industry partners using our test facility. Mcity’s new software interface, OCTANE, allows users to control many aspects of the Mcity Test Facility’s infrastructure from a phone, laptop or vehicle computing platform. The application programmable interface (API) is a common language other applications and users can access to interact with the facility.

Mcity has also built a web application, called Skyline, using the OCTANE API to enable point-and-click control for test facility features, including roadway intersections, rail crossings, crosswalks, and facility gates. These new scriptable controls can be used together as building blocks to orchestrate large, complex, and highly repeatable testing scenarios.
Mcity Partner News: JD Power Releases First-Ever Mobility Confidence Index
Mcity affiliate partner J.D. Power has created a new measure of mainstream consumer interest in autonomous and electric vehicles. While the study shows confidence is low for autonomous vehicles, this information is valuable in guiding our work on informing and educating the public to increase consumer trust and acceptance in new mobility technologies.
Mcity in the News: TechCrunch Goes Inside Mcity
TechCrunch reporter Kirsten Korosec recently visited Mcity and interviewed Associate Director Greg McGuire about our mission and our work. Take a look at the video highlighting the ways we are leading the transformation to connected and automated vehicles.
Mcity at the University of Michigan is leading the transition to connected and automated vehicles. Home to world-renowned researchers, a one-of-a-kind test facility, and on-road deployments, Mcity brings together industry, government, and academia to improve transportation safety, sustainability, and accessibility for the benefit of society.