Major Metro Detroit freeway to soon become corridor for driverless cars

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DETROIT (WWJ) -- A major freeway in Metro Detroit could soon become the first corridor in Michigan for self-driving cars only.

Between Detroit and Ann Arbor rests I-94, which will have a dedicated lane with the necessary infrastructure in place to support autonomous vehicles.

Washington, D.C.-based Cavnue was asked back in 2020 to develop a self-driving vehicle roadway in Southeast Michigan. And on Wednesday, the company announced it has raised $130 million to help "drive innovation and execute on a robust project pipeline--including Michigan but also others."

A stretch of 25 miles on I-94 will be focused on for development, said officials. Cavnue and the Michigan Department of Transportation will be conducting further traffic studies and operational planning beforehand.

Executives said that insight gathered from I-94 will be used to evaluate a similar project along Michigan Avenue and other roads and freeways in Southeast Michigan.

Officials said that the new connected and automated vehicle corridor is designed to improve safety as well as the overall driving experience.