MCITY EXISTS TO MAKE AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES LESS SCARY
Motor Trend|March 2022
THE RESEARCH BODY IS DEVELOPING TESTING PROTOCOLS IN ORDER TO WIN PUBLIC TRUST AND REDUCE CONCERNS ABOUT RIDING IN AVS
ALISA PRIDDLE

In 2037 when we hop into an autonomous shuttle, our biggest concern is whether our favorite seat is open. The notion this isn’t a safe way to travel never enters our mind. After generations of integrating ever more artificial intelligence into their neural nets, these computers on wheels read their surroundings flawlessly. They react to anything in nanoseconds, and the tech is so advanced that a crash is almost inconceivable.

That’s the possible future the Mcity team has been helping lay the groundwork for. Part of the University of Michigan, the transportation research body is bringing together industry, government, and academia in an effort to help ensure autonomous vehicles (AVs) are proven safe before they make the move to public roads.

The world’s major automakers are working furiously and spending billions to bring autonomous technology to market. Research facilities like Mcity help do that by accumulating and sharing data and developing future testing protocols.

But like any new technological frontier, today’s guidelines still vary and are open to interpretation, which has led to some high-profile incidents.

In 2018, a pedestrian in Arizona was hit and killed by an Uber vehicle that was testing autonomous technology, the first such incident of its kind. Then there’s Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who has pushed boundaries with Tesla’s Autopilot handsfree advanced driver assistance and “full self-driving” systems. Some drivers have taken Autopilot far too literally and abdicated driving responsibilities when they shouldn’t. People have died.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM MOTOR TRENDView All

2022 Pininfarina Battista

It's quicker than whatever supercar you drive.

2 mins read
Motor Trend
April 2022

2022 Subaru WRX

Big shoes to fill.

2 mins read
Motor Trend
April 2022

Tip of the Spear

Our inaugural pvoty evaluation ran the market's sharpest cars through the gauntlet in search of the best of the best

6 mins read
Motor Trend
April 2022

Superformance MKIII-E Electric Cobra Prototype

The future of hot rodding is here, and it's still gnarly.

2 mins read
Motor Trend
April 2022

2004 Porsche 911 GT2

It sure seemed crazier back in its day.

5 mins read
Motor Trend
April 2022

Day in the Life 2037

We asked scientists, auto executives, and forecasters what they thought a typical day in the life of a middleclass American would look like 15 years from now. How will they get around and go about their day? How much of what we read about today could soon be reality? Created out of those discussions, this essay explores what the not so distant future—automotive and otherwise—could be ...

9 mins read
Motor Trend
March 2022

The Big Picture

Has the ultimate driving machine run out of road?

3 mins read
Motor Trend
March 2022

Technologue

The inevitable future, as foretold by Nostratechnologūs.

3 mins read
Motor Trend
March 2022

The Holy Driver - When Virtual Meets Reality

A talented young gamer eventually learns that the driving simulation he’s playing has become all too real, with life-and-death consequences

10+ mins read
Motor Trend
March 2022

Finalists

MOTORTREND PERFORMANCE VEHICLE OF THE YEAR 2022

10+ mins read
Motor Trend
April 2022
RELATED STORIES

THE FUTURE OF TECH

From self-driving cars to space travel, we answer your questions about where technology is heading

7 mins read
Reader's Digest US
June 2022

The Big Twitter Takeover

Elon Musk's latest high-profile move has shaken more than just the tech community

5 mins read
YOU South Africa
12 May 2022

Carbon Capture Comes Of Age

Delays in cutting emissions have opened opportunities for technologies promising to undo climate damage

5 mins read
Bloomberg Businessweek
May 09, 2022

Bottom-Fishing Can Be Scary

In a rough year for stocks, it’s tempting to try to grab bargains now. Just be careful

6 mins read
Bloomberg Businessweek
May 09, 2022

GRIND HARD AND PUT AWAY WET

A TEAM OF YOUTUBERS TAKES AN OFF-ROAD-MODIFIED SALVAGED TESLA DOWN THE MOJAVE ROAD.

4 mins read
Car and Driver
April 2022

40K 2019 Tesla Model 3

Long-term test. After tracking every charge, service, problem, complaint, dent, and dog hair, car and driver presents the 40,000-mile evaluation. Beyond the noise

8 mins read
Car and Driver
May 2022

What Elon Wants...

The world's richest man spent $44 billion on Twitter but says he doesn't "care about the economics at all"

6 mins read
Bloomberg Businessweek
May 02, 2022

WHAT'S NEXT NOW THAT TWITTER AGREED TO MUSK BID?

Twitter’s acceptance of Elon Musk’s roughly $44 billion takeover bid brings the billionaire Tesla CEO one step closer to owning the social media platform.

4 mins read
AppleMagazine
April 29, 2022

TESLA 1Q EARNINGS 7 TIMES MORE THAN YEAR AGO ON STRONG SALES

Tesla reported that its first-quarter net earnings were over seven times greater than a year ago, powered by strong sales despite global supply chain kinks and pandemic-related production cuts in China.

3 mins read
Techlife News
April 23, 2022

MUSK LAWYER: GAG ORDER WOULD TRAMPLE ON FREE SPEECH RIGHTS

Elon Musk’s lawyer says a federal judge would trample on the Tesla CEO’s free speech rights if he ordered Musk to stop talking about 2018 tweets saying he had the funding to make Tesla a private company.

2 mins read
Techlife News
April 23, 2022