Alphabet-backed startup to build self-driving ‘road of the future’ – FreightWaves

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A startup called Cavnue will build a first-of-its-kind 40-mile connected corridor in Michigan with dedicated lanes for autonomous vehicles.

AV companies are paying more attention the physical, digital and regulatory infrastructure necessary to get self-driving trucks and cars on the road.

The corridor project comes as the state of Michigan continues to rebrand Detroit as a center of 21st- century vehicle innovation.

What comes first: the driverless vehicle or the driverless road? For years the autonomous vehicle community has been pretty sure of the answer: It’s the vehicle, (stupid).

But in mid-2020, as the industry emerges from a sobering period defined by layoffs and consolidations, investors, startups and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) alike are starting to pay more attention to the physical, digital and regulatory infrastructure that will actually allow autonomous cars and trucks to move beyond the pilot phase and onto city streets and highways.

That effort got a big boost last week with the announcement that Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners (SIP) is launching its first big project — a subsidiary called Cavnue to develop infrastructure for connected and autonomous vehicles.

“We’re building the road of the future,” Mike Shapiro, vice president, SIP, told FreightWaves.

Government and private sector …

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