This ghost town is unlike any western movie ghost town...
The $1Billion high-tech town will be built in Lea County New Mexico with the sole intention for testing futuristic technologies.
The testing area is approximately 15 square miles and will test innovations such as self-driving cars, intelligent traffic systems, self-flushing toilets to new-generation wireless networks (to name a few).
Considered to be the first of its kind... this center for innovation, testing and evaluation is set to break ground June 30th.
Pegasus Holdings and its New Mexico subsidiary, CITE Development, said Hobbs and Lea County beat out Las Cruces, for the Center for Innovation, Technology and Testing. Bob Brumley, senior managing director of Pegasus Holdings, said the town will be modeled after the real city of Rock Hill, S.C., complete with highways, houses and commercial buildings, old and new. No one will live there, although they could as houses will include all the necessities, like appliances and plumbing.
The point of the town is to enable researchers to test new technologies on existing infrastructure without interfering in everyday life. For instance, while some researchers will be testing smart technologies on old grids, others might be using the streets to test self-driving cars.
via dvice foxnews