5 Ways May Mobility Successfully Launches in Cities

May Mobility doesn’t use a one-size-fits-all template for bringing its autonomous shuttle service to a city. A prospective May deployment develops over time with an informed and collaborative approach to solving mobility challenges. 

“Our most successful deployments are a collaboration, helping a city to solve a transportation issue,” explains Nicole Kelly, Vice President of Customer Operations at May Mobility. “We fulfill a  greater purpose than simply doing a technology demonstration when we understand a city’s needs and how May can help shape that vision through our shared mobility solution.”

Though there isn’t a copy-and-paste list of requirements, several key elements are imperative to bringing a successful May Mobility deployment to a city: 

1. Doing the homework

Ahead of initial meetings with city officials and community partners, May Mobility already has some basic idea of the mobility gaps a May service may be able to help close. 

“Before we even interact with customers, our field engineering team studies potential service areas. We bring these suggestions to the city and other partners to help iterate and better understand how these routes can service these communities,” Kelly says.

2. Develop and maintain relationships

Close contact with city officials, community leaders and other stakeholders ensures that potential issues are addressed early on and solved before they become bigger. Further, an ongoing dialogue with stakeholders helps improve services as well as adjust routes and timetables when needed. 

“Close collaboration is key — and that starts on day one,” Kelly notes. Without a close connection to the community, a successful deployment is impossible.” 

3. Local presence, local engagement 

In each city, May employs a local team based at a physical headquarters to focus on that city and its unique May service. The teams are hired locally to help more seamlessly integrate into the community fabric. May hosts and attends community events to interact with residents and help expand its presence in the local ecosystem. 

“Once we are operating, we make sure we have a strong relationship between the site team, the ridership, as well as the larger community,” explains Kendra Newsome, Manager of Customer Operations.  

May Mobility participates in the University of Texas at Arlington’s Activity Fair in September of 2021.

4. Make riders feel comfortable and safe 

“We are deploying something most people have never interacted with before,” notes Newsome. “One of our main goals is making people feel safe and comfortable with the technology.” 

Most of the ridership doesn’t have experience with an autonomous vehicle, so it is important that initial impressions are positive. Autonomous Vehicle Operators, or AVOs, assist with that education for riders by answering any questions they may have. May Mobility also engages in training with local first responders to make sure they understand the technology and how to approach it in the case of an emergency. 

A rider enters an autonomous May Mobility shuttle in Fishers, IN ahead of the December 2021 launch.

Further, with a focus on making the service accessible, May Mobility hosts workshops with disability advocates and provides wheelchair-accessible vehicles. 

5. Be a mobility problem solver

“We are really focused on the last mile,” Kelly says, referring to the gap between the last transit stop or parking lot between a commuter and their destination. In many cities, the last mile is often the most difficult transportation hurdle. 

In cities such as Grand Rapids, MI, May Mobility shuttles provide routes no longer served by buses to connect neighborhoods to the downtown city center. Further, May is working to integrate with micro-mobility platforms such as e-bike and scooter hubs. And May shuttles have helped cities adjust the timing of traffic signals to help traffic move more efficiently.

White glove approach

May Mobility’s approach to launching a new service in a city involves a “white glove” interaction that includes frequent meetings and ongoing discussions with a location for six months up to one year before an official deployment. As outlined above, no single approach exists but rather several best practices that help May Mobility bring mobility solutions to cities to help solve transportation challenges.

Driving Workforce Development in the Age of Autonomy

At May Mobility, we believe in an autonomous future — one that offers safe, clean, and accessible transportation in cities around the world. The transportation workers who will keep autonomous vehicles operating each and every day are a key component of that future. According to the Michigan Mobility Institute (MMI), self-driving and electric cars will help create more than 100,000 mobility industry jobs in the U.S. in the next decade. These jobs will include both operational and technical roles that require training, retraining or upskill training from the roles many employees hold today. May is not only committed to providing that training, but is already taking steps to ensure that today’s workforce has the skills needed for the transportation landscape for the next decade and beyond.

Helping Move the Industry Forward

May Mobility is not at it alone. An autonomous future requires stakeholders from the private and public sectors to come together with a similar vision and mission to prepare today’s workforce for an autonomous future. 

The Michigan Mobility Institute (MMI), the first initiative of the Detroit Mobility Lab that works to accelerate mobility workforce development, upskilling programs, and post-secondary degrees by bringing industry, labor and education partners together, is one such organization. As an employer partner, May collaborates with MMI to create the strategy and tools that will be necessary to prepare talent for careers in mobility.  

Additionally, May joined the Partnership for Transportation Innovation and Opportunity (PTIO), a coalition of leading companies and associations with a shared interest in advancing autonomous vehicles and other transportation innovation and supporting the American workforce. The coalition studies autonomous vehicles (AVs) in the workforce to ensure that deployment of the technology will improve quality of life and economic opportunity for all Americans.

Both MMI and PTIO align well with one of May’s core missions: ensuring there is a real-world benefit for everything we create. 

“We want to create a future where everyone benefits from autonomous mobility solutions,” said Tara Lanigan, Head of Policy and Advocacy for May. “We are committed to supporting, developing and implementing programs that help prepare and train the workforce of future mobility.”  

A May Mobility Autonomous Vehicle Operator (AVO) prepares the vehicle to perform service for the day in Arlington, TX. Photo by Anthony La Penna.

Learning with Our Partners

In addition to playing an active role in industry organizations, May works closely with industry partners such as transit agency IndyGo. As part of the Together in Motion AV project, May Mobility and IndyGo are sharing learnings and collaborating on the future of mobility in Indianapolis. 

During the downtown Indianapolis portion of the TiM pilot, IndyGo and May Mobility set out to connect regularly for two primary reasons: for IndyGo to gain insight on AV operations in its own city, and for May Mobility to better understand how transit agencies envision the future of AVs tying into their own operations. 

“The benefits to public transport appear limitless,” said Brooke Thomas, Director of Strategic Planning for IndyGo. Adding, “further advancements in automated vehicle technologies for public transport is everything from maintaining and enhancing the safety of our transit operations, increasing the efficiency or productivity of our transit network, or both, to enhancing the customer experience.”

“One of the things that makes May Mobility unique is that we design autonomous solutions to complement existing transit options and not replace them,” said Lanigan. “This mindset extends to workforce development as we learn what training might be required for future mobility.” 

May and IndyGo outlined learning goals they have for each other. IndyGo was particularly interested in workforce development as they work to define their team’s jobs of the future. 

In August, May Mobility hosted IndyGo for a half-day event designed to help IndyGo identify the roles that are likely to exist as transportation becomes more autonomous. The May team provided an overview of our technology, services and internal operations, and the IndyGo team participated in job shadowing May employees.  

Representatives from IndyGo and May Mobility at a workforce development session in Indianapolis in August of 2021.

In September, the two organizations reflected during a virtual session on the learnings from the previous job shadowing session and further discussed the future of workforce development. The conversation revealed many operational similarities between the companies and provided good insights for what an autonomous workforce might look like. 

“May hopes to show our partners and educators the importance of building AV-career pathways from their classrooms,” said Shana Downs, Director of Sales and Channel Management at May Mobility. “The skills required to work in AV overlap with many existing areas of study, including technicians, hospitality, digital media and network security. 

The Jobs of the Future

As mobility and transit jobs evolve from inside the vehicle to outside, there will be an increased need for both technical and operational staff. Vehicle operators will have opportunities to transition to a variety of different roles, including repair and maintenance technicians, route logistics managers, data analysts and fleet managers — all responsible for managing the fleet and ensuring the safety of the vehicles and riders. Additional customer service and team management roles will emerge, specifically as companies work to understand how riders are using services and how routes can be improved. 

A significant number of technical roles will be necessary in the mobility future as well. Autonomous vehicles require a great deal of software and equipment upgrades, calibration and replacement. AVs will need to be managed and monitored remotely as well. 

“We feel that AVs could create a lot of new work activities, and May wants to work with cities, transit agencies and other partners to understand what those roles and career paths could be,” said Downs.

Regardless of what the future of autonomous mobility will hold, May Mobility is working hard to ensure the workforce is trained and prepared to keep things moving, creating more opportunity today even as the future of mobility evolves before our eyes.

How Sustainable Cities and Transportation Equity are Linked to Freedom with Jennifer Keesmaat

May Mobility is on a mission to solve for transportation equity with an autonomous solution that links into current transportation systems — providing a better alternative to current consumptive, expensive and unsustainable modes of transportation. Jennifer Keesmaat, Board Member for May Mobility and former chief city planner for the City of Toronto, explains why equitable transportation is ultimately linked to providing freedom for citizens and cities to fully thrive. Learn more from Jennifer on these critical issues.

Watch this video and more on our Youtube channel.

May Mobility Case Story: Understanding Customer Success

May Mobility’s vision is to transform communities literally. From the way that people get around to the way cities are built, May Mobility wants to use safe, accessible and sustainable autonomous driving technologies to transform cities where:

  • you can sit outside at a cafe under a tree, and actually hear your friend over the calm flow of multi-modal traffic
  • you can rely on affordable and reliable transportation options over a personal vehicle, and
  • transportation is accessible, convenient, and serves everyone.

To do this, May Mobility works hand-in-hand with local municipalities and other stakeholders to ensure this city transformation doesn’t happen in a vacuum and to ensure our services aren’t forced. Many rideshare services, bikes, scooters and other mobility modes have dropped into a community overnight — often against their will, cementing a sour relationship between the company and its users.

That’s no way to transform a city.

At May Mobility, a constant theme is working with communities, not imposing ourselves on them. To us, customer success starts with service that is built on a collaborative foundation. 

What True Service Looks Like 

Our belief is that true service comes from understanding what our customers need. This understanding comes from observing, listening, and then partnering on solutions. Each community has different needs. Some communities are looking to build a mobility ecosystem, while others want to showcase innovation or simply reduce parking congestion. Many of our partners are in the process of defining their mobility needs for the future – what their community will look like in five years. 

AVO in autonomous vehicle in Ann Arbor, MI

An Autonomous Vehicle Operator (AVO) on route in an autonomous Lexus RX 450h vehicle in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

May is in a unique position in our industry because we have deployed autonomous services in multiple locations, domestically and internationally. 282,000 rides around the world give us a lot of experience. In each location, we have AVOs (Autonomous Vehicle Operators) who interact with and learn from our riders on a daily basis and in real-time.

We use that experience to help our customers understand all that is possible and collaborate with them to find the best solution for them that benefits the community. 

Our approach is simply “Here is what we can do – now what can we do with that to best benefit the communities we serve and the users of our services?” 

Ask – Don’t Anticipate

May Mobility takes an anthropological approach to learn how riders use different modes of transportation. We ask a lot of questions: where do people travel? Are people more likely to walk or bike? How often are buses running without passengers? We dig deep into the environment and study the behaviors of people in the community. We also employ members of the community to lend expertise.

This approach is quite different from others in the mobility space. Far too often, companies begin by offering an existing product or service in a new city. To the community, this can feel as though large corporations are forcing mobility services upon them — and we see the results. 

A lot of these services end up failing simply because they didn’t take the time to understand what the community wants or needs.

A woman exiting a May Mobility shuttle in front of the Arlington theater in Arlington, TX.

A rider in Arlington, TX, where residents have taken over 9,000 rides with the RAPID program. Photo by Anthony La Penna.

And because of this approach of doing things to cities, many communities now suffer from mobility pollution: they’re filled with a lot of different transportation solutions that they didn’t ask for and that aren’t being utilized — and shareholder dollars end up in the garbage.

Through May’s collaborative process, our partners may find our service to be a lower dollar per rider over the long term, which for a cutting edge service is an incredible feat and a testament to how we deploy the right service for communities by asking the right questions.

Co-Creating the Future

At May, we create unique value with each and every project – while our autonomous shuttles are a constant, our deployments all solve real-world transportation issues on behalf of communities. May has taken AV to the streets, and out of the labs and test tracks.   

Fishers, Indiana is a commuter city about 20 miles north of downtown Indianapolis. When we began working with our partners there, we needed to define the best way to incorporate shared mobility into a community that was car-heavy. Although many parking structures exist throughout the city, when we dug into the usage data, we noticed people used street parking instead. As we work with our partners to define the route, we will place shuttle stops in front of the parking structures to encourage people to use them and will replace several on-street parking spaces with stops as well. 

On the other hand, when May launched service in Indianapolis – the route included three IU Health stops: IU Pediatric Care, IU School of Dentistry and a stop near IU Hospital. Rather than create a service that was redundant to existing solutions, May identified areas where service is needed, which is the first step in creating value through first- and last-mile service.

At May, success is not simply providing our customers with a service or our riders with safety and comfort. We believe true success comes from creating a sustainable, long-term solution that impacts the community and improves people’s lives.  

A group of May Mobility employees in front of two Together in Motion shuttles.

May Mobility employees at the June 2021 launch of the Together in Motion Indianapolis service.

Getting to know May Mobility CEO Edwin Olson

For someone who built robots throughout undergrad, it never occurred to May Mobility CEO Edwin Olson that he could make a career out of robotics. After two false starts as a graduate student however, Olson took to the field, finding himself out on a boat in the Mediterranean helping with an autonomous submarine and then in the California desert working on MIT’s autonomous car for the DARPA Urban Challenge. 

Image of Edwin Olson with an autonomous submarine in 2002

Edwin Olson with the Bluefin Odyssey III autonomous submarine in 2002.

“On the DARPA Urban Challenge competition day, we hit the ‘go’ button and the car drove off into the distance, first disappearing around a corner, then its audible beeper fading away. Six nervous hours had passed when I heard the faintest whisper of our car’s beeper, growing louder and louder. It was an amazing feeling to hear the sound of that beeper that signaled our car had completed its mission and was almost home. I’ve been chasing that feeling ever since.”

Edwin Olson graduated with his PhD from MIT in 2008 and joined the faculty at the University of Michigan to continue his work on autonomous vehicles. While at the University of Michigan, he led the winning team in the 2010 Mobile Autonomous Ground-robotic International Competition (MAGIC) by developing a team of 14 robots that semi-autonomously explored and mapped a large-scale urban environment.

The winning team of semi-autonomous robots from the 2010 MAGIC competition.

He also worked with Ford on their autonomous vehicles before joining Toyota Research Institute as a co-director of autonomous driving.

While there were a number of research opportunities in robotics, the culmination of years spent in research left Edwin driven to develop autonomous technologies so they could solve real world problems.   

“I’ve always been less interested in proofs of concept and more interested in solving real-world problems,” shared Edwin. “I looked around and saw all these problem domains where robots were a solution to real problems that are important to society, and that’s what led to May Mobility. How do we take the technology that we have into the world and actually generate impact and improve people’s lives with it?”

Bringing Technology with Impact to May Mobility

With transportation inequity a noted and growing issue in the United States, Edwin co-founded May Mobility in 2017, focused on developing autonomous solutions that would have an immediate impact on solving the issue in heavily affected cities.

“Technology without impact is pointless,” said Edwin. “Yes, it’s interesting to make and operate a driverless vehicle. But what’s even more interesting is to use that technology to provide a service that reduces congestion, makes better use of space and over time, can change the way we live in cities with green spaces and affordable housing in place of traffic jams and parking lots.”

That clarity of mission has allowed May to focus on the transportation solutions needed today rather than trying to predict what might be possible years or decades down the road. It keeps the company driven to innovate solutions that will help people get to and from school, to the grocery store, to doctors appointments and jobs. 

Edwin Olson at the Together in Motion Indianapolis launch event in June of 2021. To read more about Together in Motion visit our webpage.

In order to have the most immediate impact, May prioritizes communities with the greatest transportation inequities and focuses on first and last mile routes. By collaborating with community and corporate partners, May creates autonomous solutions unique to each market.  

“Very poor equity exists in transportation, and it’s not for lack of trying on the community or city level,” said Edwin. “Many communities don’t have the tools they need to provide equitable and accessible transportation. That’s where May Mobility comes in – we bring new tools to the table that help them deliver transportation solutions that transform people’s lives.”

From Transactions to Transformations

After four years and more than 275,000 revenue-generating rides, what gets Edwin the most excited is hearing how May’s technologies have translated into real world changes for its riders. And despite leading a team of 200 May employees in 7 cities around the world, he remains active in solving problems and identifying mobility solutions that help transform cities.

“When you hear these stories about two-plus hour commutes being replaced with more work, more time with family or simply more time to rest, you realize we’re doing so much more than simply moving people to jobs, medical care or grocery stores. We’re expanding access to more and better opportunities that improve the daily lives, health, financial security and ultimately happiness of our riders,” said Edwin. “That’s the kind of impact that I get really excited about: hearing how what we are doing translates into better lives for everyday people.”

How May Mobility Uses Imagination to Drive Innovation

Giving our Autonomous Vehicles the Power of Choice

It’s fairly straightforward to tell an autonomous vehicle (AV) how to respond to specific situations it might encounter on the road. In situation 1, do X. In situation 2, do Y. The challenge comes from the number of situations that an AV might encounter. Will the AV do the right thing in situation 43,768?

At May Mobility, one of our key technologies is Multi-Policy Decision Making (MPDM). MPDM is our way of reframing the challenge: instead of telling the vehicle when to do what (which is hopeless), we give the vehicle options and let it decide for itself which option is best.

In a sense, we’re giving our AV’s an imagination.

The image shows a May Mobility employee demonstrating an MPDM maneuver on their desktop.

Sajan Patel, Senior Robotics Engineer at May Mobility, demonstrates a particular driving scenario using MPDM.

By giving our AV’s an imagination– the ability to imagine what might happen if it does X, or if it does Y, we can simulate the likely outcome of X (perhaps “pass the car in front of us”) versus the likely outcome of Y (perhaps “follow the slow car”). This imagination makes it much easier to determine whether X or Y is the better option. MPDM is not making decisions at the individual “action” level– for example gas/brake/steer, or specific trajectories that our car will follow. In contrast, each policy that we choose between is a driving strategy that can adapt its behavior in response to what other road users are doing.

It’s fair to say that every AV company does simulation offline. Their reason for doing so is to measure the quality of their AV software. May Mobility has differentiated our approach by doing simulation online; simulation that accounts for the actions and responses of our AVs to what’s taking place on the road is very different. Understanding the way that road users interact with each other is absolutely critical to driving well.

In this gif, the green rectangle is a May Mobility autonomous shuttle simulating how it could maneuver around the green and purple polygon, which is a parked vehicle in front of it. The vehicle behind it (yellow polygon) is making a left turn from behind the May shuttle. The different lines shooting out of each agent show their various future trajectories as simulated by MPDM, and the darker the trajectory, the more likely that future outcome will occur.

To achieve online simulations that enable an AV to imagine outcomes, the MPDM simulator on our vehicles has to be extremely fast. For example, MPDM runs tens of thousands of times faster than real-time, which allows May to imagine different future outcomes. We can vary both our AVs strategies as well as the strategies of other road users. No single simulation is right, but by simulating enough possible scenarios, we can decide whether strategy X is better/safer/more comfortable than strategy Y. And this is where things get interesting. A consequence of electing a particular policy with MPDM is that we actually don’t know what the vehicle will do. Not exactly. And of course we don’t know exactly what other road users are going to do either. It doesn’t make sense to say “here’s the trajectory I’m going to follow.” What we do have is a probabilistic characterization of the types of trajectories that a policy might generate. And that lets us pick the best/safest/most comfortable trajectory.

The gif depicts a May Mobility autonomous vehicle making a right turn.

A May Mobility autonomous vehicle uses MPDM to simulate its own behavior and the behavior of other road users as it makes a right turn.

Put in layman’s terms, everyone has experienced driving on the road with “so-so” drivers –  the ones who technically follow the rules of the road but create hazards for other road users. For example, you’re not required to make space for a vehicle merging in, but it makes the road safer for everyone if you do. When we consider the result of choosing strategy X or Y, we evaluate the safety for everyone, not just our own vehicle. And so our vehicle leaves a little more space for a bicycle or pedestrian, even if it didn’t have to.

Of course, MPDM isn’t magic, and there are still iterative opportunities that we can improve upon. Building better agent models– so our predictions are better– is a big one. Designing policies and ensuring our AVs learn them is another. The remarkable thing about our technology stack is how consistent it has been in design and intention. We’ve simply been pushing it forward along a path we imagined back in 2017, step by step.

The advantages of MPDM are huge. Instead of telling the AV when it should do what– which doesn’t scale– we let the AV imagine the outcomes itself. That leads to emergent behavior, where the vehicle can solve problems that we never considered. Our system gets smarter every time we add a new policy – we’re up to 14 now, because MPDM has more options to choose from. And that efficiency is one of the reasons why May Mobility has been able to launch in seven cities, despite being much smaller than most AV companies. Technology matters and we’re proving it every day.

All you need is a little bit of imagination.

To learn more about MPDM, you can watch our introductory video here.

May Mobility’s expansion in Ann Arbor underscores Michigan’s leadership position in autonomous and connected vehicle technology

Autonomous technology leader investing, adding jobs with support from Michigan Strategic Fund

August 5, 2020 (Lansing, MI) – Michigan continues to demonstrate its leadership in the mobility and autonomous vehicles sector as May Mobility, a global developer of autonomous shuttles, announced plans to expand in Ann Arbor with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today. The project is expected to create 100 high-paying, high-tech jobs.

“May Mobility’s expansion creates significant well-paying jobs for Michigan residents and underscores the strength of the talent in the state’s mobility and technology sectors,” said MEDC CEO Mark A. Burton. “We have worked closely with May Mobility on key deployments across the state as the company has continued to thrive in Michigan. This latest investment reinforces Michigan’s reputation as the center for the automotive industry and a leader in future automotive technology, and we’re pleased to work with our local partners to support the expansion.”

May Mobility, Inc., founded in 2017 and headquartered in Ann Arbor, is reimagining transportation by deploying autonomous shuttles to help people get where they need to go safely, easily and with a lot more fun. The company operates in several cities across the U.S. including Detroit and Grand Rapids, by partnering with enterprises and municipalities to offer transportation services through their turnkey shuttle services. May Mobility’s shuttles complement public transportation by moving people between high-value points of interest within urban centers.

May Mobility is looking to expand all aspects of its services, including enhancements to its Autonomous Vehicle (AV) shuttle fleet, a project that will generate a total private investment of $11.8 million and create 100 high-wage engineering and tech jobs in Ann Arbor. Today, the Michigan Strategic Fund awarded the company a $700,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant in support of the project.

“With the support of the MEDC, May Mobility is able to grow our team during a crucial time in the race to develop safe, reliable autonomous technologies as we work to improve access to mobility solutions in cities across the country,” said May Mobility Founder and CEO Edwin Olson. “We are excited to work with MEDC to help make Southeast Michigan not only a great place for the auto industry, but also a leader in autonomy.”

This planned growth aligns with several of MEDC’s strategic focus areas, including supporting a business in the target industry of mobility and fostering high-wage job growth. Ann Arbor SPARK has offered to assist the company in finding candidates for the new positions. For information on careers with May Mobility, visit https://boards.greenhouse.io/maymobility.

“Ann Arbor continues to attract leading mobility companies like May Mobility, proving that our region can serve as a living laboratory to test, validate and commercialize new technologies by delivering the resources those companies need to accelerate their growth,” said Ann Arbor SPARK President and CEO Paul Krutko. “The SPARK team is excited to help May Mobility find the talent they need to continue to push their success forward and deepen their roots in Ann Arbor.”

In July 2019, MEDC’s mobility initiative, teamed up with May Mobility, the city of Grand Rapids and nine Michigan companies to form the Grand Rapids Autonomous Vehicle Initiative (AVGR). Coordinated by Seamless, an innovation platform in Grand Rapids, the initiative placed May Mobility autonomous vehicles on Grand Rapids’ city streets to demonstrate civic infrastructure and operational capabilities of the rapidly growing AV market. The coalition – a first of its kind – brings together enterprise and infrastructure to gather and analyze critical information with the goal of understanding the usage of autonomous vehicles in a city environment. The May Mobility fleet operates complementarily to the city of Grand Rapids’ existing DASH transportation fleet.

Today’s announcement also builds on the launch last month of the Office of Future Mobility and Electrification (OFME), reaffirming Michigan’s position as the global leader in producing and developing the next-generation of transportation technologies. The new office is working across state government, academia and private industry to enhance Michigan’s mobility ecosystem, including developing dynamic mobility and electrification policies and supporting the startup and scale up of emerging technologies and businesses.

“Michigan has a highly collaborative environment between its public and private sectors. This allows us to consistently pair next-generation technologies with government efforts to prioritize the safety and inclusion of all Michigan residents as we improve transportation services in our cities,” said Trevor Pawl, chief mobility officer with the Office of Future Mobility. “We’re pleased to work together with May Mobility in supporting projects that have meaningful impact and create a better quality of life for our residents. We look forward to working with the company as it continues to develop advanced mobility vehicles and technologies.”

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May Mobility Honored as a 2020 Michigan Celebrates Awardee!

July 29, 2020 (Ann Arbor, MI) – May Mobility is being recognized as one of the 2020 awardees for SmartZone Best Small Businesses, presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business. May Mobility was honored at an awards ceremony during the 16th annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business virtual gala event on July 28.

May Mobility is reimagining transportation by deploying autonomous shuttles to help people get where they need to go safely, easily and with a lot more fun. Founded in 2017, May has provided over 260,000 autonomous shuttle rides to date.

“Building May Mobility in Michigan has allowed us access to a fantastic engineering and technology talent pool, as well as tremendous support and economic development opportunities,” said Edwin Olson, Co-Founder and CEO of May Mobility. “We truly appreciate this recognition and look forward to continuing to grow and innovate here in Michigan.”

Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs), Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), and SmartZones are organizations located across the state that provide support services to Michigan small businesses. Each region of these various support organizations selects a company to be recognized as a Best Small Business Awardee for demonstrating a strong relationship with the organization as well as significant success as a company. Awardees must be a PTAC, SBDC or SmartZone to submit a Best Small Business Awardee, and each PTAC, SBDC or SmartZone may only submit one company to be recognized. Representing all regions of the state and a diverse range of industries, companies like May Mobility are known for their exceptional entrepreneurial leadership, creation of innovation or use of innovation in creative ways, and their sustainable competitive advantage.

“Michigan’s small businesses are the lifeblood of our local economies and play a vital role in making our communities attractive places to live, work, visit and play,” said Josh Hundt, Chief Business Development Officer for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “As the state continues to recover from the COVID-19 outbreak, we are honored to recognize and celebrate these small businesses, which demonstrate the resilience, innovation and grit that sets Michigan apart.”

Winners were selected by Michigan-based judges from the banking, economic development, entrepreneurship development, and venture capital communities. The selected companies also go through a rigorous due-diligence process.