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Michigan Plans Dedicated Road Lanes for Autonomous Vehicles


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Artist's rendering of an interstate highway with connected cars driving in designated lanes.

The state of Michigan is planning to have dedicated lanes for autonomous vehicles on a stretch of highway between Detroit and Ann Arbor.

Credit: Madrona Venture Group

The state of Michigan and private partners are planning to build or assign dedicated lanes for autonomous vehicles on a 40-mile section of highway between Detroit and Ann Arbor.

Organizers said the first phase will involve a two-year study to work out whether existing lanes or shoulders could be employed, or if new lanes need to be built.

The vehicles would be linked to a central computer, and share data from roadway and vehicle sensors, coordinating their speeds and letting them travel faster than regular traffic.

Autonomous buses and shuttles ultimately would travel along the Interstate 94 corridor, connecting the University of Michigan to Detroit Metropolitan Airport and downtown Detroit.

The University of South Carolina's Bryant Walker Smith said the lanes should be helpful, given that driverless vehicle technology currently cannot function safely with human-driven vehicles under all traffic and weather conditions.

From U.S. News & World Report
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