In the New Mexico desert, a new fake city is underway that will enable researchers to test new technologies in a quasi “real world” setting.

City Lab, as it’s called, is a part of the Center for Innovation, Testing, and Evaluation (CITE). The new city is modeled on a mid-sized American city of about 35,000 people, and will cover about 400 acres, including zones for urban, suburban, and rural areas. The city will include typical…