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Take a 360 video tour of Mcity

Explore the test facility from inside an autonomous vehicle, during this personal tour from the deputy director.| Short Read
In this 360 video of the Mcity Test Facility from inside of an autonomous vehicle, tour the 32-acre simulated urban and suburban environment.

It’s an unpredictable world. How will we ever possibly engineer a vehicle that can respond to whatever might happen on the open road? Developing a test facility exactly like the real world is a good start.

Mcity is a 32-acre simulated urban and suburban environment that includes a network of roads with intersections, traffic signs and signals, streetlights, building facades, sidewalks and construction obstacles. It is designed to support rigorous, repeatable testing of new technologies before they are tried out on public streets and highways.

In this 360 video tour of Mcity, Michigan Engineering grad Carrie Morton (BSE ME ’99, MSE ‘04) shows the facility where she is deputy director. Morton, who spent more than a decade working in industry, explains why Mcity is unique – and why driverless technology matters so much in the first place.

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The electrons absorb laser light and set up “momentum combs” (the hills) spanning the energy valleys within the material (the red line). When the electrons have an energy allowed by the quantum mechanical structure of the material—and also touch the edge of the valley—they emit light. This is why some teeth of the combs are bright and some are dark. By measuring the emitted light and precisely locating its source, the research mapped out the energy valleys in a 2D crystal of tungsten diselenide. Credit: Markus Borsch, Quantum Science Theory Lab, University of Michigan.

Mapping quantum structures with light to unlock their capabilities

Rather than installing new “2D” semiconductors in devices to see what they can do, this new method puts them through their paces with lasers and light detectors. | Medium Read