The $6.5 million Mcity test track is operated by UM's Mobility Transformation Center.
The University of Michigan will officially open its new testing site for connected and driverless cars on Monday.
The 32-acre testing grounds, called Mcity, are designed to simulate urban and suburban roads with a network of controlled intersections, traffic signals, streetlights, sidewalks, construction obstacles and more, the university said in a statement.
The $6.5 million test track is operated by UM’s Mobility Transformation Center and is an extension of a $22 million, federally funded pilot program to study connected vehicle technologies at the university.
In 2012, the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute launched a safety pilot program, which includes the deployment of cars, commercial vans, buses and motorcycles equipped with transmitters and data-logging devices to track position, acceleration and velocity of vehicles and infrastructure.
At least 9,000 vehicles are equipped with the technology, which is tested throughout the Ann Arbor area.
The event on Monday at Mcity will feature demonstrations from local suppliers and project participants, including Robert Bosch LLC, Delphi Automotive plc and Denso International America Inc.