TOYOTA MOBILITY FOUNDATION, ENERGY SYSTEMS NETWORK, AND MAY MOBILITY INAUGURATE FREE AUTONOMOUS SHUTTLE SERVICE IN INDIANAPOLIS

INDIANAPOLIS (June 22, 2021) – The Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF), Energy Systems Network (ESN), and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), have joined with May Mobility, a leader in autonomous vehicle (AV) technology and shuttle operations, to inaugurate the launch of a free autonomous shuttle service in Central Indiana. The service, a part of TMF’s Together in Motion Indiana, began on June 1, 2021 and serves the downtown Indianapolis and Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) communities. Together in Motion is an initiative bringing stakeholders together to test the interoperability of mobility innovations and facilitates the efficient movement of people and goods. The autonomous shuttle service supports the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Sustainable Cities and Communities goal (#11), as well as Toyota’s commitment to providing Mobility for All.

“At May Mobility, our mission is to bring safe, accessible, and reliable mobility solutions to communities around the world,” said Edwin Olson, co-founder and CEO of May Mobility. “We’re excited to be bringing AV technology to Central Indiana through our partnership with the Toyota Mobility Foundation, Energy Systems Network, and IndyGo.”

 

The Together in Motion AV shuttle service began on June 1, 2021 and runs through November 19, 2021, operating Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The free service is available to the public and features five Lexus RX 450h vehicles and one wheelchair-accessible Polaris GEM shuttle equipped with May Mobility’s autonomous technology.

 

There are nine designated stops in Indianapolis, each identifiable by a sign providing route information and a scannable QR code leading to the Together in Motion Indiana website. Through the QR code, riders can learn more about May Mobility technology and the shuttle route. Shuttles arrive in 10- to 15-minute intervals on a rotating loop. The route was designed to increase mobility options by providing a connection from the Vermont Station – along IndyGo’s Red Line – to areas west of downtown. Additionally, the route circles the IU Health University Hospital and the Riley Hospital for Children campuses. Riders can plan their trips on Google Maps, and if desired, can see live updates of a shuttle’s location.  

 

“IndyGo exists to connect our community to economic and cultural opportunities through safe, reliable, and accessible mobility experiences,” said Lesley Gordon, V.P. of Communications and Marketing. “We will continue to lend our knowledge and expertise with the team at May Mobility, and to work alongside these industry leaders as they seek to improve Central Indiana’s mobility ecosystem.”

 

To ensure the health and safety of riders, masks are currently required for all passengers and fleet attendants. Shuttles will carry only one household per ride, and all shuttles are equipped with partitions and UVC disinfectant lights that will clean the shuttle interior between rides. 

 

The AV shuttle service is part of the Together in Motion Indiana initiative announced earlier this year by TMF and ESN which aims to foster innovation through industry partnerships and propel research and development in advanced mobility technologies in Indiana. The initiative supports the deployments of various mobility solutions to better serve the transportation needs of the local communities, to understand the changing ecosystems surrounding these needs, to potentially expand such initiatives into other communities, and to establish networks for the sharing and leveraging of key learnings. As each mobility solution is developed with local community input, this human-centered approach facilitates the implementation of valued activities and the commercialization of an array of cooperative options

 

“Indiana is the ideal location to launch the first Together in Motion initiative because of the strong local partnerships with Energy Systems Network and the local communities,” said Ryan Klem, Director of Programs, Toyota Mobility Foundation. “They have facilitated May Mobility’s integration into the local transportation offerings, and we look forward to learning about local use and impact so that we can transfer and scale this knowledge to other locations.”

 

Prior to opening the shuttle service to the public, May Mobility provided Indianapolis residents and Indy 500 race week guests free 10-minute-long rides along a special demonstration route near the Indiana Statehouse. Over 60 attendees experienced the AV shuttle service in a Lexus RX 450h equipped with May Mobility’s autonomous technology. 

 

“Bringing innovative mobility solutions to Indiana with partners steeped in advancing autonomous technology is positioning the state as a leader in this in-demand and growing sector,” said Dave Roberts, chief innovation officer, Indiana Economic Development Corporation. “Engaging with ESN, Toyota Mobility Foundation and May Mobility to assist in this effort, shows the commitment to finding the best technology partners to provide additional transportation resources to residents throughout the state.”

 

In the next phase of the initiative, May Mobility will operate an AV shuttle route in Fishers, Indiana. This service is slated to begin in November 2021.

 

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About Toyota Mobility Foundation

The Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF) was established in August 2014 by the Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) to support the development of a more mobile society in which everyone can move freely. The Foundation underscores TMC’s on-going commitment to continuous improvement and respect for people. It utilizes Toyota’s expertise and technologies to support strong mobility systems while eliminating disparities in mobility. TMF works in partnership with universities, governments, non-profits, research institutions and other organizations, creating programs are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to address mobility issues around the world. 

 

About Energy Systems Network (ESN)

ESN is an Indianapolis-based nonprofit initiative focused on the development of the advanced energy technology and transportation sectors. Over the last decade, ESN has collaborated with a range of industry, academia, and government partners to deliver sustainable energy and mobility solutions, including electric car sharing, vehicle-to-smart grid communications, mobility-as-a-service, and others. ESN’s mission is to leverage its network of global thought leaders to develop integrated energy solutions to increase quality of life for today and tomorrow. The company’s focus is to: reduce costs, emissions and waste; influence policy; and advance technological innovation. For more information, visit www.energysystemsnetwork.com.

 

About May Mobility

May Mobility is a leader in autonomous vehicle technology development and deployment. With more than 275,000 autonomous rides to date, May Mobility is committed to delivering safe, efficient and sustainable shuttle solutions designed to complement today’s public transportation options. The company’s ultimate goal is to realize a world where self-driving systems make transportation more accessible and reliable, the roads safer, and encourage better land use in order to foster more green, vibrant, and livable spaces. For more information, visit maymobility.com.

 

Media Contacts: 

 

Raquel Bahamonde

Senior Director of Communications, Energy Systems Network 

317-319-6875 

[email protected]

 

Alissa Moceri 

Toyota Mobility Foundation 

[email protected] 

 

Craig Daitch

Telemetry Public Relations for May Mobility

(248) 880-4403

[email protected]

 

MAY MOBILITY NAMES RYAN GREEN AS FIRST CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

ANN ARBOR, Mich.–  May Mobility, a leader in autonomous vehicle (AV) technology and shuttle operations, today announced the appointment of Ryan Green as its first Chief Financial Officer. Ryan brings over 20 years of experience leading financial functions and will focus on positioning May Mobility for growth. 

A headshot of May Mobility's CFO Ryan Green.

Green in 2021.

“With experience at the intersection of automotive, technology, and growth-stage companies, Ryan is an exceptional CFO for May Mobility,” said Edwin Olson, Chief Executive Officer of May Mobility. “Adding his knowledge and experience to our team will help us continue to accelerate our business and execute May Mobility’s vision.”

Green joins the company most recently from American electric vehicle maker and automotive technology company, Rivian, where he led their finance, accounting and corporate governance functions, growing a department of five to a staff of more than one hundred. Prior to Rivian, he served as CFO at Harley Davidson Financial Services, with previous experience at Ford/Visteon.

“I am beyond excited to join May Mobility and help the company continue to accelerate growth,” said Green. “What drew me to the company is how we directly impact the communities we serve. The clarity of May Mobility’s mission to provide a safer, greener, more accessible world through autonomous mobility is something I look forward to supporting in my role as CFO.”


Ryan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in finance from Michigan State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Wayne State University. To learn more about May Mobility’s leadership team, visit maymobility.com/meet-may/

About May Mobility

May Mobility is a leader in autonomous vehicle technology development and deployment. With more than 275,000 autonomous rides to date, May Mobility is committed to delivering safe, efficient and sustainable shuttle solutions designed to complement today’s public transportation options. The company’s ultimate goal is to realize a world where self-driving systems make transportation more accessible and reliable, the roads safer, and encourage better land use in order to foster more green, vibrant, and livable spaces. For more information, visit maymobility.com.

 

Contact:

Craig Daitch

Telemetry Public Relations for May Mobility

(248) 880-4403

[email protected]

MAY MOBILITY LAUNCHES PUBLIC ROAD TESTING OF NATIVELY AUTOMATED VEHICLE BASED ON THE SIENNA

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – May Mobility, a leader in autonomous vehicle (AV) technology and shuttle operations, announced today that it is testing a Toyota Sienna equipped with the next generation of its autonomous driving kit (ADK) and will work with Toyota to add the vehicle to public shuttle fleets in 2022. 

 

The automated vehicle based on the Sienna features Toyota’s highly adaptable Vehicle Control Interface (VCI), allowing for seamless technology integration and robust operation of key vehicle control systems, such as steering, brakes, and acceleration.

 

“As we’ve seen throughout the industry, companies developing self-driving vehicles need strong OEM partners to be successful,” said Edwin Olson, co-founder and CEO of May Mobility. “With Toyota, May Mobility can deploy our unique self-driving technology on the best vehicles in the world.”

 

The Sienna technology integration is a major milestone in May Mobility’s cooperative relationship with Toyota. From the initial investment in May Mobility to the Series B fundraising in 2019, the relationship has expanded to include a shuttle fleet in Hiroshima, Japan with MONET (a joint venture between Softbank and Toyota). May Mobility was also selected to provide autonomous shuttle services in Indianapolis, Indiana, as part of a Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF) initiative beginning later this spring.

 

Keiji Yamamoto, Operating Officer of Toyota and President of Connected Company said: “We are delighted that Toyota’s “Autono-MaaS*”(autonomous-mobility as a service) vehicle based on the Sienna will be utilized for May Mobility’s public road testing. This vehicle is equipped with the Vehicle Control Interface (VCI) that can easily connect to the ADK. Toyota continues to collaborate with automated mobility service providers through these vehicles and is implementing Autono-MaaS swiftly, aiming to realize a society where all people have the freedom of movement.“

 

Modifications to the Sienna include the addition of LIDAR, RADAR, and camera sensors, along with the compute and control modules that make up May Mobility’s autonomous driving kit. The May Mobility Toyota Sienna shuttle is currently being tested on public roads in Ann Arbor. Additional shuttles are under development and will be ready for use in public fleets in 2022.

 

Privately-held May Mobility was founded in 2017. Its most recent funding round was led by Toyota Motor Corporation with participation from SPARX Group alongside return investors Millennium Technology Value Partners, Cyrus Capital Partners, BMW iVentures, and Toyota AI Ventures, among others.

 

 *Combination of “autonomous” and “mobility as a service,” describing Toyota’s mobility services using automated driving vehicles.

 

About May Mobility

May Mobility is a leader in autonomous vehicle technology development and deployment. With more than 270,000 autonomous rides to date, May Mobility is committed to delivering safe, efficient and sustainable shuttle solutions designed to complement today’s public transportation options. The company’s ultimate goal is to realize a world where self-driving systems make transportation more accessible and reliable, the roads safer, and encourage better land use in order to foster more green, vibrant, and livable spaces. For more information, visit maymobility.com.

 

Contact:

Craig Daitch

Telemetry Public Relations for May Mobility

(248) 880-4403

[email protected]

A2GO AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE SHUTTLE SERVICE COMING TO ANN ARBOR IN OCTOBER

ANN ARBOR, Mich.May Mobility, Mcity and Ann Arbor SPARK announced the launch of A2GO, a new autonomous vehicle (AV) shuttle service during the Ann Arbor SPARK annual meeting today. The free shuttle service will be available to the public starting on Mon., Oct. 11, 2021, thanks in part to a grant through the mobility efforts of the state of Michigan. Additional partners on A2GO include !important Safety Technologies4M, Office of Future Mobility and Electrification and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.  

 

“We are thrilled to be launching a new shuttle service here in our hometown so that our friends, family and the entire community of Ann Arbor can experience our self-driving technology first hand,” said Edwin Olson, founder and CEO of May Mobility. 

 

May Mobility will operate a fleet of five autonomous, shared, on-demand vehicles as part of the A2GO deployment. Four hybrid-electric Lexus RX 450h vehicles (with three passenger capacity) and one Polaris GEM fully electric vehicle (with capacity for one wheelchair passenger) will operate in a service area that connects Kerrytown, the University of Michigan campus and the State Street corridor. To use A2GO, the free May Mobility app will be available closer to the launch date.

 

“This deployment demonstrates the collaboration happening in Michigan across public and private sectors that is driving impactful transportation solutions for individuals and creating an environment where companies like May Mobility can find long-term growth and success,” said Trevor Pawl, Chief Mobility Officer for the state of Michigan. “A2GO combines Michigan’s opportunistic approach to the advancement of new mobility technology with our commitment to improving the quality of life for people across the state and we are excited to help bring this innovative shuttle service from May Mobility to Ann Arbor.”

 

A2GO is May Mobility’s eighth shuttle deployment since the company began operations. May Mobility is currently operating shuttles in Grand Rapids, Mich., Arlington, Texas, and Hiroshima, Japan, and will be launching in Indianapolis, Ind. at the beginning of June.

 

The A2GO service requires the support of the community and strategic partners with common goals of making equitable and sustainable public transportation available. This unique service demonstrates how the mobility landscape is evolving, with partners representing transportation, safety, land use, and economic development. A primary example of how mobility can impact economic development and land use is 4M, Ann Arbor’s first co-living townhomes that offer co-working and mobility solutions to their members.

 

“4M invested in this important partnership because we believe new mobility solutions, especially those that provide the opportunity for transportation equity, are critically important for next generation community building and sustainability,” said Margaret Poscher, 4M Managing Partner.

 

Leveraging AV transportation solutions in programs such as A2GO will allow for the further refinement of the technology and lead to greater adoption by the public. 

 

“Automated vehicle technology has great potential,” said Greg McGuire, associate director, Mcity at the University of Michigan. “We demonstrated that with the Mcity Driverless Shuttle research project that wrapped up in 2019. Ultimately, however, the technology must be proven as the foundation for a valuable transportation service. A2GO takes Mcity down a path from academic research into a more public arena. We’re moving out of the lab into the living lab, if you will. And we’ll measure results in a way that more realistically reflects the potential of AV services to integrate smoothly with existing public transit systems, and make transportation more accessible to more people.”

 

This project also engages !important Safety, a Montreal-based company that opened their US Headquarters at Ann Arbor SPARK in 2019. This project provides an opportunity to advance development of their pedestrian safety technology, which communicates with nearby AV’s to prevent collisions.

 

“Ann Arbor proves once again that it is a powerhouse for innovation with its mobility initiative known as A2GO, and !important is proud to be a part of it,” said Bastien Beauchamp, CEO of !important. “The city’s A2GO initiative brings safety to the highest level possible by integrating with our free, smartphone safety app for the people of Ann Arbor.”

 

The A2GO service is another example of Ann Arbor SPARK’s work in furthering the community’s place as a mobility leader. 

 

“Connecting companies like May Mobility and !Important Safety is a way SPARK’s work advances our economy, ensuring that the technology our futures demands is being developed here in the Ann Arbor region,” said Paul Krutko, Ann Arbor SPARK president and CEO. “The power of partnerships is evident in May Mobility and !Important Safety working together to improve the safety of autonomous vehicles, which is critical to ensuring pedestrian safety and consumer adoption of this emerging technology. It’s exciting that work being developed and tested in Ann Arbor has potential global impact.”

 

About May Mobility

May Mobility is a leader in autonomous vehicle technology development and deployment. With more than 270,000 autonomous rides to date, May Mobility is committed to delivering safe, efficient and sustainable shuttle solutions designed to complement today’s public transportation options. The company’s ultimate goal is to realize a world where self-driving systems make transportation more accessible and reliable, the roads safer, and encourage better land use in order to foster more green, vibrant, and livable spaces. For more information, visit maymobility.com.

About Mcity 

Mcity at the University of Michigan is leading the transition to connected and automated vehicles. Home to world-renowned researchers, a one-of-a-kind test facility, and on-road deployments. Mcity brings together industry, government, and academia to improve transportation safety, sustainability, and accessibility for the benefit of society. For more information, visit https://mcity.umich.edu

About Ann Arbor SPARK

Ann Arbor SPARK, a non-profit organization, is advancing the region by encouraging and supporting business acceleration, attraction and retention. The organization identifies and meets the needs of business at every stage, from start-ups to large organizations. Ann Arbor SPARK collaborates with business, academic, government, and community investor partners. For more information, please call (734) 761-9317 or visit www.AnnArborUSA.org.

About Michigan’s Office of Future Mobility and Electrification (OFME)

The Office of Future Mobility and Electrification (OFME) works to increase mobility investment, expand Michigan’s smart infrastructure, enable the state’s mobility workforce and accelerate electric vehicle adoption to reaffirm Michigan as the global leader in transportation. The Office brings together mobility and electrification efforts across Michigan’s government, academic and private sector to create long-term economic opportunity and accelerate the development, deployment and adoption of advanced mobility technologies. It spans the existing foundation of successful state-led mobility initiatives through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the Michigan Department of Transportation, the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy, among others. Visit www.michiganbusiness.org/OFME to learn more.

About 4M

Established in 2016, Prentice 4M is a premier Operator of Lifestyle Assets which are created through the alchemy of space, cost, style and convenience. Designed from the ground up as a platform that helps improve the lives of its guests, 4M provides flexibility and bespoke services to enhance living, working and socializing, creating a foundational sense of purpose based on the experiences 4M develops.  Learn more at www.prentice4m.com.

About !important Safety Technologies
!important Safety Technologies is an Ann Arbor-based startup that developed the world’s first ViDAR to complement vehicle cameras, radars, lidars, and sonars. !important’s free mobile safety app safely and anonymously detects pedestrians, wheelchairs, e-scooters, bicyclists, and motorcyclists to protect them from vehicular collisions. Their technology can also alert the A2GO Autonomous Vehicle Supervisor to apply the vehicle’s brakes when needed. To download !important’s Safety app for free, please visit www.important.com.

 

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Contacts:

May Mobility: Craig Daitch, Telemetry Public Relations, (248) 880-4403 [email protected]

MEDC: Otie McKinley, Media and Communications Manager, [email protected]

Ann Arbor SPARK: Jenn Cornell Queen, Senior Vice President, [email protected] 

Mcity, University of Michigan: Susan Carney, Communications Director, (734) 223-6531, [email protected] 

!important Safety Technologies: Bastien Beauchamp, CEO, (855) 231-3783, [email protected]

MAY MOBILITY JOINS PARTNERSHIP FOR TRANSPORTATION INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY

ANN ARBOR, Mich. and WASHINGTON, DC – Today, May Mobility and the Partnership for Transportation Innovation and Opportunity (PTIO) announced that May Mobility has joined the coalition and its mission to study the impact of autonomous vehicles (AVs) on the workforce to ensure that deployment of the technology will improve quality of life and economic opportunity for all Americans.

 

 

“Planning for a workforce of the future is a critical component to May Mobility’s mission to support cities with safe, clean, and accessible autonomous shuttles. This mission starts with the transportation workers who help bring our autonomous services to the communities we serve,” said May Mobility vice president and chief of staff Rohit Bery. “We are committed to supporting PTIO and working with our coalition partners to help ensure a future where everyone benefits from autonomous mobility solutions.”

 

PTIO is led by its members at the American Trucking Associations, Daimler, FedEx, Ford, Lyft, Toyota Motor North America, UPS, and Waymo. The organization is working together with policymakers, industry, academia, and other interested stakeholders to identify policies and programs that ensure our entire workforce is prepared for the deployment of AVs and will ultimately benefit from this exciting technology. 


“May Mobility will provide unique insights and perspectives to PTIO’s work as the company has actively provided autonomous shuttle rides to over 270,000 people across multiple cities,” said PTIO Executive Director Kathryn Branson. “We are thrilled to have another leading AV company join us in our efforts to fully understand what AVs mean for the workforce, and subsequently derive policies that prepare incumbent workers and the workforce of tomorrow for this promising innovation. We welcome May as our newest member and will value its contributions to further PTIO’s objectives.” 

 

About May Mobility

May Mobility is a leader in autonomous vehicle technology development and deployment. With more than 270,000 autonomous rides to date, May Mobility is committed to delivering safe, efficient, and sustainable shuttle solutions designed to complement today’s public transportation options. The company’s ultimate goal is to realize a world where self-driving systems make transportation more accessible and reliable, the roads safer, and encourage better land use in order to foster more green, vibrant, and livable spaces. For more information, visit maymobility.com.

 

About PTIO

Launched in June 2018, PTIO is led by its members at the American Trucking Associations, Daimler, FedEx, Ford, Lyft, Toyota Motor North America, UPS, Waymo, and May Mobility — leading companies and associations that are working together with government, educators, and other stakeholders to examine the opportunities and challenges of AV deployment and identify policies and programs that ensure our entire workforce can benefit from the adoption of AV technology.

 

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Contact:

Craig Daitch

Telemetry for May Mobility

248-880-4403

[email protected]

 

Kathryn Branson

Executive Director

Partnership for Transportation Innovation and Opportunity 

484-553-6857

[email protected]

 

MAY MOBILITY ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF JENNIFER KEESMAAT TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ANN ARBOR, Mich. –  May Mobility announced today the appointment of former city of Toronto Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat to its Board of Directors. A Registered Professional Planner and a member of both the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Congress for New Urbanism, Keesmaat spent nearly fifteen years as a founding partner of Toronto-based planning and urban design firm Office for Urbanism in addition to being a founding partner of multi-disciplinary design organization, Dialog.

“Jennifer understands cities’ transportation challenges first-hand,” said Edwin Olson, CEO of May Mobility. “Her knowledge and experience will help us create products and services that better meet the needs of transportation planners.”

Keesmaat’s recognitions include a Distinguished Visitor in Residence Emeritus at the University of Toronto, a seat on the Advisory Board of the Urban Land Institute, Toronto, and is a member of the International Panel of Experts, Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority. Keesmaat was also named one of the “most powerful people in Canada” by Macleans, one of the “most influential” by Toronto Life, and one of the top Women of Influence in Canada.

“I am looking forward to serving in this role for May Mobility,” said Keesmaat. “How we move around in cities is fundamental to their success. We are in a moment in history where we have the opportunity to embrace new options and May is at the forefront of accelerating those options, with best-in-class leadership. Safer, greener and more accessible cities are within our reach, and May Mobility has both the aspiration and the technical expertise to deliver.”

Keesmaat has a Combined Honours degree in Philosophy and English from the University of Western Ontario, and a Masters in Environmental Studies, Politics and Planning, from York University. As a Registered Professional Planner, her work has been repeatedly recognized by professional associations, including as the recipient of the 2016 President’s Award of Excellence, from the Canadian Institute of Planners; the 2016 Bryden Alumni Award, York University, the 2017 City Builders Award from EDIT/the Design Exchange; the International Placemaking Award, City of Lyon, France 2017; and most recently, the 2019 The Edmund N. Bacon Award from the Center for Architecture and Design, Philadelphia.

Keesmaat joins existing board members Yoshinori Fukuoka of Toyota Motor Corporation, Benjamin Birnbaum of Keyframe Capital, Ray Cheng of Millenium Technology Venture Partners and May Mobility CEO Edwin Olson.

 

About May Mobility

May Mobility is a leader in autonomous vehicle technology development and deployment. With more than 270,000 autonomous rides to date, May Mobility is committed to delivering safe, efficient and sustainable shuttle solutions designed to complement today’s public transportation options. The company’s ultimate goal is to realize a world where self-driving systems make transportation more accessible and reliable, the roads safer, and encourage better land use in order to foster more green, vibrant, and livable spaces. For more information, visit maymobility.com.

 

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Contact:

Craig Daitch

Telemetry for May Mobility

248-880-4403

[email protected]

May Mobility Launches Lexus-Based Shuttle

New shuttle platform debuts as part of Arlington RAPID in March 2021

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – May Mobility, a leader in autonomous vehicle (AV) technology and shuttle operations, announced today that it will add the Lexus RX450h to its shuttle fleets. This is May Mobility’s first AV technology integration into an OEM’s platform.

May Mobility will begin operating four autonomous Lexus shuttles, alongside one wheelchair-accessible Polaris GEM shuttle, in partnership with the City of Arlington, Texas as part of the RAPID (Rideshare, Automation, and Payment Integration Demonstration) program. The May Lexus shuttles, like the current May GEM shuttles, will be staffed by a Fleet Attendant and will begin testing on public roads in Arlington this week. They will be available for service using Arlington’s Via On-Demand Rideshare app when the route launches to the public in March 2021.

“Adding the Lexus RX450H to our fleet allows May Mobility to elevate the shuttle experience and expand the services and capabilities we can offer municipalities and riders,” said Edwin Olson, co-founder and CEO of May Mobility. “With this vehicle platform, we advance May Mobility’s mission to transform cities with safe, clean, and accessible autonomous shuttles.”

May Mobility’s shuttles leverage multiple types of redundant sensors. Technology modifications to the 2020 Lexus RX450h include the addition of seven cameras, a top-mounted long-range Velodyne Alpha Prime lidar, four short-range Ouster lidars, and five radars. These shuttles will include May’s Clean Shuttle technology, with features that include a partition between the Fleet Attendant and passengers as well as a grēnlite™ UV-C light treatment system for passenger health and safety.

Privately-held May Mobility was founded in 2017. Its most recent funding round was led by Toyota Motor Corporation with participation from SPARX Group alongside return investors Millennium Technology Value Partners, Cyrus Capital Partners, BMW iVentures, and Toyota AI Ventures.

About May Mobility
May Mobility is a leader in autonomous vehicle technology development and deployment. With more than 270,000 autonomous rides to date, May Mobility is committed to delivering safe, efficient and sustainable shuttle solutions designed to complement today’s public transportation options. The company’s ultimate goal is to realize a world where self-driving systems make transportation more accessible and reliable, the roads safer, and encourage better land use in order to foster more green, vibrant, and livable spaces. For more information, visit maymobility.com.

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Contact:
Craig Daitch, Telemetry Public Relations, (248) 880-4403 [email protected]

May Mobility, Umtri Awarded Funding, Advance to Semi Finalist round of USDOT Inclusive Design Challenge

Team A4 to develop independent wheelchair loading and passenger securement system for AV shuttles

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – On Wednesday, the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced that a coalition of Ann Arbor-based mobility technology leaders were awarded $300,000 and selected as one of only 10 semifinalists to advance to the final round in the inaugural Inclusive Design Challenge.

May Mobility, a pioneer in autonomous vehicle (AV) technology, and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), a leading research institution for accessibility in mobility, will lead the Ann Arbor Automated Accessibility team (Team A4) in designing and deploying an autonomous shuttle with an independent wheelchair loading and passenger securement system.

Team A4 also includes United Spinal Association, Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, Feonix-Mobility Rising, and Braunability.

“We believe that public mobility systems must address challenges around equity and access to transportation,” said Edwin Olson, co-founder and CEO of May Mobility. “Working with riders, advocacy groups, the USDOT, and mobility researchers will help us better meet the needs of communities.”

UMTRI has previously worked on universal designs for wheelchair docking and automated wheelchair tie downs and will facilitate research, development, and user testing for the challenge. May Mobility plans to use these devices in accessible autonomous shuttles during future public deployments, a first in the industry.

“We are excited about the opportunity to take the research we’ve been doing in the lab and move forward with field evaluations to demonstrate how this approach can improve independence for people who use wheelchairs, while still prioritizing safety,” said Kathleen Klinich, Associate Director of UMTRI and principal investigator of the current project to develop prototype hardware elements that would allow passengers to dock their wheelchairs and don their seatbelts independently.

Currently, many wheelchair users rely on attendants in public transportation or assistance in their own vehicles for wheelchair securement. Automated loading and securement of wheelchairs in self-driving vehicles will be essential to fully realizing the promise of autonomous mobility for everyone.

The USDOT launched the Inclusive Design Challenge with a total $5,000,000 prize pool to fund innovative design solutions to enable people with physical, sensory, and cognitive disabilities to use automated vehicles to access jobs, healthcare, and other critical destinations. The May Mobility and UMTRI team, along with the nine other semifinalists, will participate in design charrettes this summer, with continued research and development throughout the year, and final awards made in summer 2022.

The project will also advance accessible transportation technologies beyond this use case. The docking and tiedown technologies are being tested on a Toyota Sienna, ensuring that the technologies developed as part of the Inclusive Design Challenge will be applicable to a wide variety of vehicles, from personally-owned adaptive vehicles to shared, autonomous shuttles.

May Mobility and UMTRI are pleased to be working on this project with BraunAbility, an industry leader that converts vehicles for use by occupants seated in wheelchairs, and with several key partners who represent the disability community.  United Spinal Association, a national 501(c) (3) nonprofit membership organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of all people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders, and the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living (AACIL), a dynamic and vibrant community enrichment, learning, and advocacy center providing classes, individualized counseling, programming, and resources to improve the quality of your life as someone with a disability or health condition, will provide input and feedback on wheelchair accessibility through feedback sessions and COVID-safe testing of the technology solution. Feonix – Mobility Rising, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing mobility options for underserved communities, will facilitate important links to feedback from paratransit drivers.

 

 

About May Mobility

May Mobility is unlocking a better life today through self-driving transportation. We deliver solutions that work in today’s communities to accelerate the path toward a future where people can drive less and live more. The company’s goal is to realize a world where self-driving systems increase the reliability of transportation, make the roads much safer, and encourage better land use in order to foster more green, vibrant, and livable spaces. For more information, visit maymobility.com.

About UMTRI

UMTRI is a global leader in transportation research and a partner of choice for industry leaders, foundations, and government agencies. UMTRI is one of the largest research institutes at the University of Michigan; the institute has conducted over 1,000 research projects and collected hundreds of terabytes of data. Our multidisciplinary research includes short and long-term projects in areas involving social and behavioral analyses, crash data analysis, and standards development and testing, as well as the deployment and evaluation of new safety and mobility technologies.

 

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Contact:

Craig Daitch, Telemetry Public Relations, (248) 880-4403 [email protected]

May Mobility Goes Global: Establishes AV Shuttle Operations in Japan with Autono-MaaS Pilot

 

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – May Mobility, a leader in autonomous vehicle (AV) technology and shuttle operations, announced today that it is the autonomous shuttle provider for Autono-MaaS, the transportation project sponsored by the Higashi-Hiroshima City Autono-MaaS Promotion Consortium. The overall goal of the project is to show a practical application of mobility as-a-service (MaaS) by combining AV technology and various mobility services.

May Mobility will begin operating a public route on Hiroshima University’s Higashi-Hiroshima campus starting in March 2021. In subsequent phases of the project, May plans to increase the service area and begin to incorporate on-demand service and mixed-use mobility services by incorporating passenger rides and grocery delivery. In addition to being the technology and platform provider, May Mobility will play a key role in operating and supporting the AV shuttle services. May has begun the process to hire a local team in Japan including operations support, engineers and researchers to support this project and future opportunities in the Japanese market.

“May Mobility is excited to be working with the Higashihiroshima City Autono-MaaS Promotion Consortium on this project and to be deploying our AV service in Japan,” said Edwin Olson, co-founder and CEO of May Mobility. “We are hopeful that our work with the Consortium will demonstrate the benefits and advantages of autonomous public transportation concepts and will help communities throughout Japan implement safe, reliable options to serve the country’s total population needs.”

The Higashi-Hiroshima City Autono-MaaS Promotion Consortium includes Higashi-Hiroshima City, MONET Technologies Inc., and the Institute of Contemporary Culture Co., Ltd. The goal of the Consortium is to create and demonstrate new mobility services for the future.

Additional details about Autono-MaaS will be available at a later date.

About May Mobility
May Mobility is unlocking a better life today through self-driving transportation. We deliver solutions that work in today’s communities to accelerate the path toward a future where people can drive less and live more. The company’s goal is to realize a world where self-driving systems increase the reliability of transportation, make the roads much safer, and encourage better land use in order to foster more green, vibrant, and livable spaces. For more information, visit maymobility.com.

Contact:

Craig Daitch, Telemetry Public Relations, (248) 880-4403 [email protected]

May Mobility and Via announce Partnership that will Integrate On-Demand AVs into Public Transit

Launching services in multiple cities in 2021

 

NEW YORK – May Mobility, a pioneer in fixed-route autonomous vehicle technology announces a partnership with Via, the leader in TransitTech, to extend its reach into on-demand mobility as it expands its shuttle operations to new cities in 2021. 

May Mobility and Via will launch a first-of-its-kind autonomous vehicle platform that integrates on-demand shared rides, public transportation, and transit options for passengers with accessibility needs all as part of one complete service offering.

The Partnership
May Mobility will adopt Via’s autonomous fleet platform to power booking, routing, passenger and vehicle assignment and identification, customer experience, and fleet management as part of their new transit solution for future autonomous vehicle deployments.

The long-term strategy involves integrating Via’s technology into May Mobility’s existing platform for autonomous vehicles, and will support the May Mobility with the launch of complex and flexible use cases for self-driving vehicles, including on-demand, dynamically-routed shared transit services. 

The Vision
Integrated mobility solutions that include AVs are the key to expanding access to affordable, efficient, and equitable transportation in cities.

In order for self-driving vehicles to reach their full potential as part of large-scale transit networks, they must be on-demand, optimally routed, and shared by multiple passengers. Efficient utilization of self-driving vehicles will relieve congestion, improve environmental sustainability, and reduce operating costs for transit providers, while expanding transportation options for consumers.

May Mobility and Via both have a goal to provide a full-scale solution as municipalities, public transit authorities, universities, hospitals, and organizations seek to understand how autonomous vehicle transit systems can strengthen transit and inclusive mobility in communities across the United States. 

“Partnering with Via is the natural next step for May Mobility as we work to integrate our shuttle operations with existing public transportation in more cities in 2021,” said Edwin Olson, founder and CEO of May Mobility. “Offering on-demand service will help us make progress toward our vision of a world where self-driving systems increase the reliability of transportation, make roads safer and encourage better land use in order to foster more green, vibrant and livable spaces.”

“Our partnership with May Mobility is the next step in Via’s vision to use technology to expand access to public transit across the globe,” said Via CEO and co-founder Daniel Ramot. “When autonomous vehicles are efficiently shared and on-demand, they are a solution that municipalities can use to strengthen and complement their existing transit networks, ushering in a new generation of flexible mobility offerings.”

Execution
The partners will introduce their first service available to the public in Arlington, Texas, in partnership with the City of Arlington and University of Texas at Arlington. 

Supported by a $1.7 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration’s Integrated Mobility Innovation Program to the City of Arlington, the partners will incorporate autonomous vehicles into Via’s existing on-demand public transit service in the city.

The one-year pilot program, called Arlington RAPID (Rideshare, Automation, and Payment Integration Demonstration), is expected to launch for the public in March 2021. The pilot will serve downtown Arlington and the University of Texas at Arlington campus, providing students with free rides during the test phase, all integrated into the same Via app currently used for on-demand public transit.

Beyond Arlington, the partners plan to expand access to full-scale autonomous transit networks in coordination and partnership with public transit systems in a number of locations across the US in 2021.

Experience
May Mobility is an Ann Arbor, Mich. based technology start-up that is focused on developing and deploying autonomous vehicle technology with the goal of offering safe, shared transportation solutions that will reduce the dependence on the use of individual vehicles, freeing up parking space in cities for parks, retail, and residential development. May Mobility is actively operating autonomous vehicle shuttles in Grand Rapids, Mich., and has provided more than 265,000 safe, AV rides for regular consumers since they started operating in 2018 – more than any other AV shuttles available today.

Via is a leading public mobility company with experience in software development that integrates with multiple AV platforms and providers to introduce shared, dynamically routed, on-demand transportation. Via has demonstrated its platform in Irvine, Calif. for “BotRide”, in partnerships with Navya and Aurrigo, and in its “BusBot” service in New South Wales, Australia. Via provides technology and operations that enable multimodal autonomous vehicle services, including public transit, private transit, pods, fixed line services, on-demand services, and taxis, and is building the infrastructure for autonomous vehicle providers to expand into low-cost, efficient multimodal transport. 

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About Via
Founded in 2012, Via pioneered the TransitTech category by using new technologies to power public mobility systems, optimizing networks of dynamic shuttles, buses, wheelchair accessible vehicles, school buses, and autonomous vehicles around the globe. Building the world’s most efficient, equitable, and sustainable transportation network for all riders — including those with limited mobility, those without smartphones, and unbanked populations — Via works with its partners to lower the cost of public transit and provide accessible options that rival the convenience of a personal car at a much reduced environmental impact. At the intersection of transportation and technology, Via is a visionary market leader that combines software innovation with sophisticated service design and operational expertise to fundamentally improve the way the world moves, with 150 global partners on six continents, and counting. 

About May Mobility
May Mobility is unlocking a better life today through self-driving transportation. We deliver solutions that work in today’s communities to accelerate the path toward a future where people can drive less and live more. The company’s goal is to realize a world where self-driving systems increase the reliability of transportation, make the roads much safer, and encourage better land use in order to foster more green, vibrant, and livable spaces. For more information, visit maymobility.com.

Contacts:

Caroline Hawkins
Via
704-651-0058
[email protected]

Craig Daitch

Telemetry Public Relations

(248) 880-4403

[email protected]