The American Center for Mobility

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The American Center for Mobility near Ypsilanti, Mich., has been selected by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation as one of 10 facilities to validate technologies used in self-driving cars.

Andy Smart, chief technology officer for the site, notes that the 330-acre facility currently under development will have low- and high-speed roads and areas that simulate traffic conditions in urban, commercial, residential and rural areas.

The goal is to give carmakers and other developers a safe off-road environment in which to test and verify autonomous driving features in various conditions before putting them on public roadways, Smart says.