Ford has announced that it is the first car maker to test self driving cars in a simulated urban environment.
The car maker is testing out its self driving cars at Mcity, which is a 32 acre simulated urban environment at the University of Michigan.
Ford’s testing focused on the Fusion Hybrid Research Vehicle, putting cameras, radars, new sensors and real-time 3D mapping technology through their paces on Mcity’s diverse roads and neighbourhoods.
The vehicle was tested on a variety of road surfaces, including concrete, asphalt, brick and dirt. Plus manoeuvres on two, three and four-lane roads, ramps, roundabouts and tunnels.
Ford has said that this simulated environment will help the company develop its self driving vehicles faster, as Mcity gives the company a chance to test out their cars in real world situations without being on the public roads.