Scientific Ghost Town: Hobbs, NM Home For Testing

Site will allow testing of new technologies

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An uninhabited town in New Mexico is the new home for scientific testing, officials say. Researchers will be able to try out the latest technology in everything from household items to traffic systems without fear of disrupting residents.

The city–estimated to cost about $1 billion when all is said and done–will be around 15 square miles in size, plotted on land just outside of the city of Hobbs. The project is the first of its kind, developed by the Center for Innovation, Technology, and Testing; directors say the ghost town will be modeled after a real town in South Carolina and will have highways, homes, and commercial buildings. The only thing missing will be people.

Part of the scientific initiative will be testing self-driving cars, which have been in the news recently because Google recently acquired a license to have one of their own autonomous cars drive around Nevada.

While most people are all for the testing site–including Hobbs mayor Sam Cobb–some are worried that there may be dangerous things planned that could affect neighboring counties. Senior managing director of the group responsible, Bob Brumley, didn’t do much to quell those fears recently when he commented on the future of the site.

“The only thing we won’t be doing is destructive testing, blowing things up — I hope,” said Brumley.

Still, those who have lived in the area and know the devastation caused by the ’80s oil bust are excited by the prospect and what it could mean for the surrounding towns.

“It brings so many great opportunities and puts us on a world stage,” Mayor Sam Cobb said, adding that it will be a great diversifier for the economy.

Scientific Ghost Town: Hobbs, NM Home For Testing
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  • stanley parham

    Those people there are no good. They like anything that is an enemy like the taliban and communists and the cartelers. Maby it doesnt sound popular to say so. But it really is a bad place and sould not be given such a good opportunity. It is their favorite to be an intruder. Try somewhere else like rural greenland.

    • kim

      I live in Hobbs and we are not all bad people. We are hard work, tax paying Americans. I dont think I want this research out my back door, but noone stopped by and asked our opinion on it either. I dont know where you get your information from Stan, but you dont know what the people are like here unless you live here!

  • Paul V.

    @ stanley parham – what a hater…because they are ALL bad people, but guess what? Bad people are everywhere my friend. You might be the worst of the worst.

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