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Driverless vehicle lanes possible on I-94 for Foxconn

Among the plans being considered is one that would designate traffic lanes specifically for driverless, or autonomous, vehicles at the suggestion of the Taiwanese manufacturing giant, which is known as Foxconn internationally.

State highway planners in the US are reportedly studying the possibility of including special lanes for driverless cars on Interstate 94 (I-94) to accommodate the needs of Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., which recently signed a deal to build a state-of-the-art flat panel plant in the state of Wisconsin.

While companies like Uber and Waymo are trialing self-driving vehicles on roads across the United States, there's also been talk of dedicated lanes for robocars (and trucks). This will inevitably bring a ton of commerce-related traffic to the region, so Foxconn asked state officials to consider a self-driving vehicle lane to more efficiently move things to and from the factory. The facility could employ between 3,000 and 13,000 people, according to the Taiwan-based company.

The proposal for driverless lanes is made possible by the fact that Wisconsin had already planned to overhaul and widen a heavily used portion of Interstate 94. "But boy, there's a lot of stuff on the table".

One possibility would be to have such a lane between the plant in Racine County and Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, a distance of about 25-miles. Last year, VC firm Madrona Ventures floated the idea for replacing the I-5 freeway between Seattle and Vancouver with an "autonomous vehicle" corridor. Regardless of what the state decides, trucks brimming with Foxconn-produced screens will soon be barreling down the Interstate 94.

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 auto displays.



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