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Self-driving vehicle proving ground tests cars before they hit open road


A file photo of a Google self-driving car. The centre notes that it offers automakers, suppliers, technology companies and others four-season testing, day and night, in sun, rain, ice and snow, elements it calls the "perfect environment" for testing driverless and connected vehicles before they are deployed on public roads. — Bay Area News Group/TNS

A file photo of a Google self-driving car. The centre notes that it offers automakers, suppliers, technology companies and others four-season testing, day and night, in sun, rain, ice and snow, elements it calls the "perfect environment" for testing driverless and connected vehicles before they are deployed on public roads. — Bay Area News Group/TNS

DETROIT: The launch of self-driving vehicle testing at the American Centre for Mobility west of Detroit came with something that frequently confounds human drivers in Michigan – snow. 

But it's an element that actually boosts the value of the site, which was once the home of the famed Willow Run World War II bomber plant. The proving ground north of I-94 in Ypsilanti Township has been under construction for much of the past year and officially opened its first phase, which includes a 2.5-mile highway loop and 700-foot curved tunnel, on schedule in December. 

   

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