May Mobility selects autonomous driving expert as COO

ANN ARBOR, MICH. – May Mobility, a leader in the development and deployment of autonomous vehicle (AV) technology, today announced the appointment of Kathy Winter as its Chief Operating Officer. Winter brings nearly 30 years of engineering and automotive experience leading companies to significant revenue growth and product development worldwide, including more than ten years exclusively working on advancements in the autonomous driving sector. Winter will be focused on accelerating execution across the company, as well as developing key strategies and partnerships to help May scale on a global basis.

“Our traction, both commercially and with our technology, is enabling us to scale and attract high-caliber talent even as others in the tech space pull back,” said Edwin Olson, CEO of May Mobility. “Kathy’s experience in the AV industry and growing billion-dollar businesses will be invaluable. We’re thrilled she is joining our executive team and we know Kathy will further propel May Mobility to the forefront of the industry, spurring investments and global growth.”

Winter joins the company most recently from American manufacturer and technology leader, Intel Corporation, where she served as vice president and general manager of their Autonomous Transportation & Infrastructure Division. Winter was responsible for establishing their Autonomous Vehicle Labs, global product strategy, roadmaps, P&L, and R&D for Intel’s Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS), Infotainment and Automated Driving businesses. She also led the company’s integration with Mobileye post-acquisition. Prior to Intel, Winter served as vice president for several divisions at Delphi, where she also established Delphi’s Autonomous Vehicle Lab, and drove key technology evaluation and acquisition to establish their first groundbreaking automated driving vehicles. Winter also held a number of senior R&D and business positions at Motorola in automotive telematics, cellular infrastructure and the mobile phones divisions. 

Winter is seen as an expert in her field as she was recognized by Business Insider in June 2018 on their list of “The 39 Most Powerful Female Engineers”,  EE Times recognized her in their November 2017 “Women in Tech: 25 Profiles in Persistence,” and she was named as Automotive News’ “Top 100 Impactful Women” in the automotive industry.

“I am delighted to join May Mobility and believe May’s groundbreaking autonomous vehicle technology is poised to enable the cities of the future,” said Winter. “I look forward to working with everyone at May Mobility and helping to continue advancing the company’s mission, and to help make transportation more accessible for everyone.”

Winter holds a Masters of Business Administration specializing in marketing and finance from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois. To learn more about May Mobility’s leadership team, visit maymobility.com/meet-may/

 

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About May Mobility

May Mobility is building the world’s best autonomy system. Their proprietary Multi-Policy Decision Making (MPDM) system is at the core of their mission to help make cities safer, greener and more accessible. MPDM’s proven track record has delivered more than 320,000 autonomy-enabled rides to date in several public transit applications across the U.S. and Japan. With key strategic partnerships including some of the world’s most innovative automotive and transportation companies, such as Toyota Motor Corporation, May Mobility aims to achieve the highest standard in rider safety, sustainability and transportation equity. For more information, visit maymobility.com.

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May Mobility Finalist Takes Second place in Society of Automotive Analysts’ (SAA) Mobility Innovation Awards

May Mobility is excited to share that our accessible autonomous vehicles (AVs) are a finalist in the Society of Automotive Analysts’ (SAA) 2022 Mobility Innovation Awards! Out of 19 submissions, we achieved first runner-up in the “Technologies Enabling a New Business Model” category for our accessible Toyota Sienna Autono-MaaS (S-AM) vehicles, which feature ADA-Compliant wheelchair ramps as well as audio and visual cues for passengers of differing abilities.

Creating accessible and equitable transportation options is a key pillar of our work, and we aim to make transit safer and easier for everyone. The introduction of our newest accessible AVs is the next step in that journey. The wheelchair-accessible vehicles, with rear-entry wheelchair ramps from BraunAbility, can carry a passenger in a wheelchair as well as two ambulatory riders, or four ambulatory riders. They also have space for service animals if needed. We recently announced the first deployment of these vehicles in our most accessible service yet in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

Judged by industry experts Lindsay Brooke, the editor-in-chief of SAE International, and Abe Vadhavkar, retired director at the Center for Automotive Research, the SAA Mobility Innovation Awards encourage new ideas and perspectives by recognizing innovations across the globe.

Sarah Gryniewicz, strategy analyst at May Mobility, presented the accessible S-AM at the award ceremony. “As we develop the incredible technology of an autonomous vehicle, we are deeply committed to making sure that all members of society can use our vehicles and services,” said Gryniewicz. “We are so honored by the SAA acknowledging the importance of uniting great technology with great accessibility.”

We’re thrilled to have SAA consider us as a nominee and for having the opportunity to connect with peers helping to advance mobility. 

Read SAA’s press release about the 2022 Mobility Innovation Award recipients by downloading it here.

The Evolution of Public Transit: AV Microtransit

Sarah Pressprich Gryniewicz, Strategy Analyst, May Mobility

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are the next and most sustainable form of Microtransit.

While most known for buses and trains, many transit agencies are exploring how to incorporate on-demand Microtransit services into their offerings. However, driver shortages and low capacities per vehicle can make on-demand service a challenging investment, especially at scale. AVs, which are reaching full maturity, will be key to expanding on-demand transit service while maintaining costs at a manageable level.

What is Microtransit?

Microtransit is an updated form of shared, on-demand public transportation that uses an app to book rides in selected service zones. The zones are designated by a transit agency, often where buses are challenged. Services are provided within the zone and to/from major transit lines, and typically use minivans or large vans that are big enough to share and small enough to be used in residential neighborhoods. Trip brokering is managed dynamically through an app (or call center) and software that optimizes routing, pick-ups and drop-offs with the goal of keeping waiting times and trips short, balanced with encouraging ride-sharing.

Who is implementing Microtransit and why?

Of the top 100 U.S. Transit Agencies by ridership, over 60 have one or more Microtransit zones and 15 more are planning for it. Microtransit improves access to mobility in low coverage areas, enhances fixed-line bus and rails networks by increasing access and convenience, and has the potential to replace low-performing bus routes in lower-density areas. Riders also prefer more convenience. Microtransit will be an important gateway for many in the community to start to use public transit of all modes.

An illustration of May Mobility's Toyota Sienna accessing office buildings, hospitals, grocery stores, and other public spaces.

Challenges

On-demand service is not a cure-all. Anywhere-to-anywhere mobility as offered by Transportation Network Companies, such as Uber or Lyft, may reduce the need to own a car, parking infrastructure, etc.; but it’s very likely to increase vehicle miles traveled, road usage and congestion. Sharing rides is the key to reducing these and creating more sustainable transit. In urban areas, fixed-route buses can carry more people per hour and are essential in high-density areas. Microtransit balances convenience and shared rides.

Looking Ahead

The ideal shared “Mobility as a Service” systems of the future will be a healthy mix of fixed routes that serve downtown areas and “ridership” corridors, while on-demand Microtransit will provide services where and when buses are most challenged. As autonomous vehicles reduce the cost of  shared transportation, the number of buses and on-demand vehicles can increase, exponentially expanding the usefulness of mobility networks. This makes it easier for individuals to not own a car, incentivizes high-density living and reduces the impacts on the environment and climate. May Mobility is dedicated to transforming cities and is a proud ally of transit agencies, policy makers and transit riders in creating an environment for a thriving planet and humanity!

About The Author

Sarah Pressprich Gryniewicz is a Strategy Analyst at May Mobility. She focuses on how autonomous vehicles can complement Public Transportation and achieve an equitable and sustainable mobility environment for all members of society. Sarah worked for several years in public transit Southeastern Michigan in strategy leadership, organizational development, and community engagement. Through her time as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin, West Africa, she became passionate about infrastructure and “community of place.” She has a BA in History and Economics from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Regional Planning from Cornell University.