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Heinleinís Controlway - Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Corridor In Michigan

The Michigan Department of Transportation is working on a proposed Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) corridor project in in Wayne and Washtenaw counties.

The project will advance key policy goals, including improving safety, achieving neutrality among vehicle OEMs through standards-based approaches, enhancing accessibility, affordability, and equity, and aligning with regional planning, thus encouraging innovation, R&D, economic development, open data access and shared learnings, cybersecurity, and replicability. Throughout the planning and development process, stakeholders will carefully evaluate potential impacts on the transportation workforce and ensure that it supports good-paying jobs.

The project envisions connecting Detroit and Ann Arbor along with key communities and destinations along Michigan Avenue and Interstate 94 in Wayne County and Washtenaw County with an innovative infrastructure solution that allows for a mix of connected and autonomous vehicles, traditional transit vehicles, shared mobility, and freight and personal vehicles.

(Via I-94 Connected & Automated Vehicle (CAV) Corridor Proposed Project)

Robert Heinlein predicted the development of a "controlway" for autonomous vehicles in his 1941 classic Methuselah's Children:

The car slid up the ramp, waited until the traffic control signaled a predicted break in traffic, then joined the high-speed northbound stream. Mary Risling settled back for a little nap...

She woke just before the signal from the car which would have called her... She signaled the traffic control ahead; it cut her out of the stream of vehicles and reduced the speed of her car, then rang the alarm which notified her to resume local control.

She followed the side road for several miles at a speed high even for a Camden speedster, turned into a narrow country road which ran down near the lake shore, and stopped.

She waited, lights out, sideport open.

To the south the ubiquitous glow of sprawling Chicago made a false aurora. Behind her was the muted whine of the controlway.

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