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A look at Mcity, a test site for self-driving cars (pictures)

Mcity's 4.2 miles of roads feature false buildings, a four-lane road and different intersection types. CNET's Road Trip 2015 takes a look.

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Stephen Shankland
Michigan's Mcity from the air
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Michigan's Mcity from the air

The University of Michigan's Mcity is a 32-acre site with 4.2 miles of roads where researchers can test self-driving cars and technology to let them communicate wirelessly.

Mcity's adaptable cityscape
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Mcity's adaptable cityscape

Mcity has fake buildings that can be moved and changed to suit self-driving car tests.

Mcity roundabout intersection
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Mcity roundabout intersection

Mcity comes with a smaller traffic circle and a larger roundabout, intersection types common in Europe and spreading in the United States, according to the university. This photo shows part of the roundabout. Wolverine Ave. is named after the University of Michigan mascot.

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Mcity's University of Michigan roundabout

The University of Michigan's blocky maize-colored "M" logo appears on the large roundabout.

Mcity aerial view
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Mcity in the evening

The University of Michigan's Mcity lets researchers put self-driving cars through a wide variety of challenges such as different types of intersections, traffic signals, lighting conditions and road types.

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Mcity intersection

Mcity has different traffic signals, including older models, to test self-driving cars' abilities.

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University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute

The University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) runs the Mobility Transformation Center (MTC), a partnership with private-sector companies and the Michigan Department of Transportation. MTC operates the Mcity test site.

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Mcity entrance

The 32-acre Mcity site is right next to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute's building at the university's north campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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