Infrastructure upgrades needed for self-driving cars


3 HOW SOON WILL THESE SELF-DRIVING CARS BE ON THE ROAD? MAYBE SOONER THAN YOU THINK. I MET WITH STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS TO GET A BETTER IDEA OF WHAT EXACTLY NEEDS TO BE DONE TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. 3 WOULDN’T IT BE NICE TO SIT BACK, RELAX AND LET YOUR CAR DO THE DRIVING. MATT SMITH WITH M-DOT’S INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS SAYS IT’S NOT AS FAR OFF AS YOU MAY THINK. THINK. (( 8:58 TO 9:10 MATT SMITH / MDOT: WE’RE LEVERAGING A LOT OF COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY WE ALREADY HAVE THE SAME COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY THAT ALLOWS US TO GET THESE CAMERA IMAGES BACK FROM THE ROADWAY BACK TO THIS TRAFFIC OPERATIONS CENTER.)) SMITH SAYS A CHUNK OF WHAT’S NEEDED FOR AUTONOMOUS DRIVING IS ALREADY IN PLACE… IT’S JUST A MATTER OF UPGRADING THE CURRENT TECHNOLOGY AND INFRASTRUCTURE. INFRASTRUCTURE. (( 1:07 TO 1:21 MATT SMITH / MDOT: ROAD AGENCIES SUCH AS MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION WE CAN TAKE OUR SIGNAL AND TIMING INFORMATION AND BROADCAST THEM INTO THE VEHICLE AND THE VEHICLE CAN THEN USE THAT TO DETERMINE HOW FAST A VEHICLE SHOULD GO, WHETHER THEY NEED TO SLOW DOWN FOR LIGHTS.)) LIGHTS.)) 3 THAT’S PART OF THE MOTIVATION FOR AUTONOMOUS DRIVING. ACCORDING THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION MORE THAN 35-THOUSAND PEOPLE DIED ON U.S. ROADWAYS IN 2015. THE FEDS SAY AUTOMATED DRIVING COULD DRAMATICALLY DECREASE THOSE NUMBERS… POINTING OUT… 94 PERCENT OF CRASHES CAN BE TIED TO HUMAN CHOICE OR ERROR. BUT WHILE MICHIGAN ALREADY HAS M-CITY IN ANN ARBOR… WHERE AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES ARE BEING TESTED… THAT’S A 32 ACRE FACILITY… WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO GET THE WHOLE STATE UP AND RUNNING… 3 ((3:04 TO 3:28 MARLEE: IS THIS REALISTIC? MATT SMITH / MDOT: IT CERTAINLY IS REALISTIC. MARLEE: IT’LL TAKE A LOT OF MONEY, TRUE? MATT SMITH / MDOT: FORTUNATELY A LOT OF IT COMES FROM THE PRIVATE SIDE… PROVIDE SUPPORTING INFORMATION FOR THEM TO USE.)) 3

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