Driverless car lanes studied to ease traffic
MILWAUKEE — As regional leaders prepare for challenges that will result from the massive Foxconn plant in southeastern Wisconsin, the possibility of driverless vehicles is being studied as one way to deal with traffic issues.
State highway planners are studying the possibility of including special lanes for driverless vehicles on Interstate 94, said Tim Sheehy, president of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce.
State money has been earmarked to widen I-94 to eight lanes and improve local roads as Foxconn develops a $10 billion flatscreen manufacturing plant in Mount Pleasant, about 25 miles south of Milwaukee, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported . The facility could employ between 3,000 and 13,000 people, according to the Taiwanbased company.
State transportation planners are considering many options to deal with the plant’s traffic, said Michael Pyritz, a spokesman for the Department of Transportation’s southeast region.