INSIGHT | Winter 2020
How we drive progress
Mcity’s test facility, living labs, research funding, and community outreach efforts continue to drive progress in transportation and mobility. As we prepare to celebrate Mcity’s fifth anniversary in 2020, it is an appropriate time to review our accomplishments of the past year and consider the challenges ahead. Find out more in our 2019 annual report.
Verizon brings 5G to the Mcity Test Facility
Verizon is working with Mcity t o advance transportation safety and shape the future of autonomous vehicles and smart cities using 5G. The Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband network is now live at the Mcity Test Facility where Verizon is testing various 5G solutions designed to boost pedestrian safety and avoid car accidents.
Mcity Partner News: Toyota's autonomous e-Palette to transport athletes around Tokyo 2020 Olympics
Toyota will supply up to 20 specially-designed "Tokyo 2020 Version" e-Palette vehicles to support athlete mobility at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. The vehicles will provide automated, loop-line transportation in the Olympic and Paralympic villages for athletes and related staff. The battery-electric, automated vehicles have been adapted specifically for use during the games based in part on feedback from Olympic and Paralympic athletes about their mobility needs in the past games.
The New York Times: Avoiding carsickness when the cars drive themselves
Autonomous vehicles could enhance the daily commute by allowing people to focus on reading or entertaining themselves instead of driving, but many may suffer carsickness as a result. University of Michigan researchers are using the Mcity Test Facility to help solve this problem: The New York Times recently highlighted this important research.
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.