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35,000 people could live inside CITE, a new city being built in the deserts of New Mexico — but they never will. 

Instead, CITE, which stands for the Center for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation, will be used to test new technologies, like alternative energy sources and smart transportation systems, such as driverless cars. 

"New technologies can be tested at scale, allowing researchers and manufacturers to manage the unpredictability of product performance before being introduced into the market," the CITE website explains.

A contemporary ghost town, CITE will have all the features of a typical, modern city, including houses, a hospital, and a police station. The project, budgeted at $1 billion, is backed by technology development firm, Pegasus Global Holdings

In 2012, Business Insider reported that construction was slated to begin, but the project was put on hold for a few years after CITE ran into issues finding a location, CNN reports.

Now, CITE is just waiting on commercial licenses that will allow them to break ground as early as this year.

Keep reading to learn more about the $1 billion "human-less" city.

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