U-M startup May Mobility blazes toward autonomous fleet market | University of Michigan News
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.
This paper serves as a policy road map for complex issues related to this transportation revolution and its potential impact on equity, public transit, parking, land use and real estate development.
With civic engagement an increasingly important component for transportation planners and smart city leaders, examples of municipalities answering the needs of their residents can be instructive in addressing future transportation programs.
The “quite brilliant” engineers and technologists who are developing automated vehicles need to “step up and educate the public about this new technology” to boost confidence, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Tuesday.
By the end of the year, the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty will open the first portion of what will be world’s biggest autonomous vehicle testing facility.
The Buffalo Niagara region is writing a new story — a story about how a "rust belt" region is retooling itself in the 21st century to meet the real challenge of how to live more sustainably in an era of economic and demographic change and environmental uncertainty.
This project will establish a Regional Smart Transportation Network within the State of Louisiana across the strategic corridor from Interstate 10 south to the Louisiana Gulf Coast, and extend from the City of New Orleans to the western border.
The Midwest Connect Corridor project is part of the Rapid-Speed Transportation Initiative (RSTI) to explore intercity routes that could utilize two rapid-speed transportation technology options - traditional passenger rail and/or Hyperloop technology - between Chicago, Columbus, and Pittsburgh.
Smart Columbus has partnered with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and DriveOhio to seek proposals from technology partners to deploy, operate, and maintain an automated vehicle (AV) shuttle service under a one-year agreement with ODOT.
The ride-hailing company has bought Motivate, the largest bike-rental operator in North America and the parent company of NYC’s CitiBike and Chicago’s Ford GoBike. The business, which reportedly dominates roughly 80% of bike-rental trips in the U.S., will be renamed Lyft Bikes.
A bus-rapid-transit route in the works along Campbellton Road in southwest Atlanta is set to get signal prioritization and other improvements to improve the commute.
The Kroger Co. has announced yet another new partnership to redefine grocery shopping.
(TNS) — While many look to the coasts for the latest tech innovations, Ohio is making a move to be a driving force behind the development of autonomous vehicles.
As research and testing of autonomous vehicles and smart mobility programs in the state ramp up, we could see driverless vehicles on the streets of Cincinnati, in coordination with the ongoing Smart Cincy initiative.