New neighborhoods and even complete cities are starting to experiment with the development of autonomous vehicles. Cities will need to adapt to the technology and the new traffic patterns that it will create.

This facility, based in the auto capital of the world Detroit, Michigan, will not only look at it from a global perspective, but will bring in new stakeholders to test design aspects of the vehicles and to educate, all moving toward a safer driving future.

It's also about helping create and maintain voluntary industry standards for autonomous and connected vehicle tech going forward. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration presented draft guidelines for broad industry use around self-driving tech, but in addition to open comment and debate among the stakeholders involved, it makes sense that an actual full-scale testing facility where the parties involved can all interact and conduct research in tandem would help facilitate some kind of consensus building.

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