Gilbert B Norman wrote:I would read between the lines very carefully Mr. Norman. Just exactly what do you think a "real-world mobility testing ground" is? That's engineer jargon for a "real world" train station. As in "there will be real people making real trips in this area". I think what they have in mind is the ability to measure intermodal travel streams. For example what is the best way to connect between one mode and another? How can autonomous vehicles best serve an intermodal facility?....host of mixed-use spaces, including retail, restaurants, co-working space, office space and hospitality as well as a real-world mobility testing ground that will include the old train tracks behind the station.It appears that Ford has plans for the platform and tracks area; and it doesn't appear to be for resumption of passenger trains using the facility.
This strongly implies that they might actually *need* "real-world" intercity connections to take place in the facility in order to measure what interests them. I think they want this data in order to prove performance of their products in a whole variety of settings. Think about every single commuter rail station in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. I think they are going to use MCS as a global testing ground for their approaches to new mobility technology. I am also beginning to wonder if they are starting to think that most cars in the future will drive themselves.
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