U-M startup May Mobility blazes toward autonomous fleet market | University of Michigan News

Getting our cars on public roads within our first months of operation couldn’t have happened without this relationship with U-M,” Olson said. “Our leadership in the autonomous vehicle space is driven by unique technology that gives us an advantage over our competition. It’s a good demonstration of how academia and industry can work together.
— Edwin Olson, CEO + Co-Founder of May Mobility

Driverless shuttle in Detroit, Michigan. Image courtesy: May Mobility

ANN ARBOR—While the Big Three automakers are still in the research and development phase, University of Michigan startup May Mobility already has tested its bright green-and-white driverless shuttles on public streets in downtown Detroit, and has ambitious plans for growth.

The company recently licensed five autonomous driving-related technologies from U-M that will help build out a fleet of autonomous public transit vehicles planned for business districts, corporate and college campuses, medical facilities and other communities across the country.

May Mobility has already attracted $11.6 million in funding from private donors, along with local and Silicon Valley venture capital funds such as Maven, Tandem Capital and Trucks Venture Capital.

Edwin Olson, CEO and co-founder of May Mobility and a University of Michigan professor. Edwin Olson, May Mobility's founder and CEO, is a U-M associate professor in computer science and engineering. Olson's co-founders are U-M alumni Alisyn Malek, chief operating officer, and Steve Vozar, chief technology officer. Together, they've worked on autonomous vehicle projects with Ford, General Motors and Toyota.

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