Foxconn Floats the Idea of Autonomous Vehicle-Only Lanes on Wisconsin Interstate

Elias Hubbard
November 15, 2017

In a report from the Journal Sentinel, it seems that Foxconn has recently proposed the idea of using one of the lanes on Wisconsin's I-94 highway as a dedicated self-driving vehicle lane. But Foxconn reportedly suggested that some lanes be reserved for autonomous vehicles only. But, seeing as the I-94 highway is getting a bump from six to eight lanes anyway, regional officials figured they were prepared for the uptick in traffic.

There now aren't highway lanes dedicated to autonomous vehicles, according to a U.S. Department of Transportation spokesman. The facility could employ between 3,000 and 13,000 people, according to the Taiwan-based company.

Wisconsin transportation officials are considering the futuristic option because the electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn - whose Chinese factory produces up to half a million iPhones a day - confirmed in October that it will build a 20 million square-foot flat-screen factory in Racine County, Wisconsin. "But boy, there's a lot of stuff on the table".

One possibility, according to Tim Sheehy, president of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, is to have driverless lanes between the Hon Hai plant and Milwaukee's Mitchell International Airport to move supplies and products to and from the plant. Last year, VC firm Madrona Ventures floated the idea for replacing the I-5 freeway between Seattle and Vancouver with an "autonomous vehicle" corridor.

The company believes the panels built at the factory will be used in a number of different fields including crowd security, medicine, advanced manufacturing and driverless vehicle displays.

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