Driver­less car lanes stud­ied to ease traf­fic

The Columbus Dispatch - - Clpssifitieas -

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.

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