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]

Afaf Farah
TelemetryAgency for May Mobility
248-346-0407
[email protected]

The Detroit Free Press Names May Mobility a Winner of the Detroit Top Workplaces 2020 Award

November 9, 2020 (Ann Arbor, MI) – May Mobility has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2020 honor by The Detroit Free Press. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage, LLC. The anonymous survey uniquely measures 15 drivers of engaged cultures that are critical to the success of any organization: including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

“In times of great change, it is more important than ever to maintain a connection among employees,” said Eric Rubino, Energage CEO. “When you give your employees a voice, you come together to navigate challenges and shape your path forward based on real-time insights into what works best for your organization. The Top Workplaces program can be that positive outcome your company can rally around in the coming months to celebrate leadership and the importance of maintaining an employee-focused culture, even during challenging times.”

May Mobility is committed to providing a safe, flexible work environment with the tools and resources needed to encourage the creativity and innovation to advance the company’s core technologies and services.

“We are proud to be recognized by our employees as a Detroit Free Press Top Workplace for 2020,” said Tom Tang, vice president of People, May Mobility. “As we grow the May Mobility team and expand our operations, we will continue to evolve and improve our workplace, and implement new programs and tools to meet the needs of our people.”

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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 Energage
Energage offers a fully unified SaaS platform, plus support and professional services, to help organizations recruit and retain the right talent. As a B-Corporation founding member, Energage has committed itself to the purpose of making the world a better place to work together. Based on 14 years of culture research, the engine behind 51 Top Workplaces programs across the country, and data gathered from over 20 million employees at 60,000 organizations, Energage has isolated the 15 drivers of engaged cultures that are critical to the success of any business, and developed the tools and expertise to help organizations measure, shape and showcase their unique culture to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. For more information, please visit energage.com. Follow us on Twitter @teamenergage and Facebook and LinkedIn @energage.

May Mobility Accepting Grant Applications From First® Alumni Groups Until Nov. 15

FIRST® Alumni Groups assist/mentor local FIRST teams; volunteer at FIRST events

 

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – May Mobility, a leader in autonomous vehicle technology, is once again supporting FIRST® this year through sponsorships of both PreK-12 Teams and FIRST Alumni Groups. The May Mobility team also volunteers their time mentoring teams and supporting competitions.

“We are thrilled to support FIRST, and programs like it, that encourage young people to love math and science and most importantly to innovate,” said Tom Tang, vice president of People, May Mobility. “So many of our current employees participated in FIRST competitions growing up and have demonstrated the critical skills needed to bring new technology to market with quality and excellence – making it an ideal organization for us to look for recruits once they have completed their education.”

FIRST Alumni Groups are encouraged to apply for the available sponsorship dollars by completing the sponsorship form by Nov. 15. Each FIRST Alumni Group may apply for up to $5,000. 

 

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 FIRST®  
FIRST® is a robotics community that prepares young people for the future through a suite of inclusive, team-based robotics programs for ages 4-18 (PreK-12) that can be facilitated in school or in structured afterschool programs. An international not-for-profit organization founded by accomplished inventor Dean Kamen in 1989, FIRST has a proven impact on STEM learning, interest, and skill-building well beyond high school. Boosted by a global support system of mentors, coaches, volunteers, alumni, and sponsors that include over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies, teams operate under a signature set of FIRST Core Values to conduct research, fundraise, design, and build robots, then compete and celebrate at local, regional, and international events. High school students are eligible for more than $80 million in college scholarships. Learn more at firstinspires.org.

May Mobility Restarts Autonomous Shuttle Service in Grand Rapids

Rigorous cleaning procedures in place to ensure passenger safety

August 24, 2020 (Grand Rapids, MI) – May Mobility and the City of Grand Rapids today announced the relaunch of autonomous vehicle (AV) shuttle service starting Aug. 31.

The free shuttles – launched in July 2019 – were operating as part of the Grand Rapids Autonomous Vehicle Initiative (AVGR) until March 2020 when service was paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since that time, the May Mobility team, with help from its AVGR partners, has been working to modify the interior of the shuttles and implement stringent cleaning procedures to ensure a safe rider experience. The following safety and cleaning measures have been implemented:

  • The shuttles now feature a partition, developed by a team of May Mobility engineers, that splits the cabin into two sections. The area in the front is reserved for the May Mobility fleet attendant who is monitoring the vehicle’s movements and able to take over driving if needed. The passenger area in the rear still features seating for four people but now is limited to carrying one rider at a time or one grouping of riders who are part of the same household or party. All eight shuttles will be back in service, including one with wheelchair access. Fleet attendants and riders will be required to wear face coverings in the vehicles.
  • grēnlite™, a UV-C light treatment system from Holland, Mich. based GHSP, has been installed in each shuttle and will be used to disinfect the interiors in between each rider or grouping of riders. According to GHSP, a 5-minute dose of grēnlite UV-C is up to 99.9-percent effective in disabling germs and pathogens that cause illness, including human coronavirus.
  • Halosil International’s™ Halo Disinfection System® will be used daily to achieve total surface disinfection of the entire shuttle interior. The HaloFogger®, which is also used in hospital settings, ensures the uniform delivery of an EPA-registered virus, bacteria, and spore-killing solution — utilizing dry-fogging technology to reach all of the crevices and areas beyond the reach of sprays, wipes, and UV lights.
  • The shuttles already featured dual-zone AC systems. The May Mobility team has added MERV 13 filters to each zone that can easily be replaced on a regular basis to further ensure clean air quality in the cabin.

“I am so proud of the May Mobility team for coming together with our partners to find the right combination of cleaning technologies to get the shuttles back in service in Grand Rapids – this is a perfect example of how nimble and innovative we can be as a company,” said Edwin Olson, founder and CEO of May Mobility. “The Grand Rapids shuttle program also demonstrates our company mission of delivering safe, efficient transportation options that will ultimately improve cities.”

Grand Rapids is eager to welcome back autonomous vehicles, said Josh Naramore, director of the City’s Mobile GR and Parking Services Department.

“We are pleased to return AVGR to the streets in a safe and responsive way,” Naramore said. “The AVGR pilot continues to be an innovative and popular option for travelers while advancing autonomous vehicle technology in Grand Rapids.”

AVGR operates on the 3.2-mile existing DASH West bus route, which provides access to downtown and the city’s West Side and Heart side business districts. The route includes 20 stops, 30 traffic lights and 12 turns, including three left turns. All autonomous vehicles have an attendant onboard when they are on Grand Rapids streets. As a free, commuter-drivenservice, DASH West provides connectivity to more than 10 City-owned parking lots and points of interest that include museums, entertainment venues and other hot spots.

“In Michigan, resiliency and innovation is in our DNA, and it’s never been more apparent than during this global pandemic,” said Trevor Pawl, Chief Mobility Officer of the State ofMichigan. “Ensuring transportation options are not only safe but also meet the bio health concerns of Michigan residents is a massive undertaking. We are so grateful to May Mobility for their continued dedication to making sure that accessible and inclusive transportation options exist for everyone in our communities.”

The coalition supporting AVGR, led by Seamless, a Grand Rapids based edge innovation platform, includes May Mobility, Consumers Energy, Faurecia, Gentex, Rockford Construction, and Steelcase and public organizations that include the City of Grand Rapids, PlanetM and Start Garden.

Fleet operations for the May Mobility vehicles are housed and charged in the parking garage connected to the headquarters of Rockford Construction, which contains the necessary EV charging equipment and parking spaces to clean, maintain and service the technology on the vehicles.

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 the City of Grand Rapids
The City of Grand Rapids provides a full range of services to residents, students and visitors. Grand Rapids is a diverse and culturally rich community of nearly 200,000 residents located along the banks of the Grand River, 30 miles east of Lake Michigan. It is the second-largest city in Michigan and serves as the county seat of Kent County and the economic engine for the western part of the state. Grand Rapids has been recognized nationally for its quality of life and named one of the 25 best places to live in the U.S. It also has been touted among the best cities to start a career, raise a family and retire, among others. Stay connected with City news, events and information at: grandrapidsmi.usfacebook.com/CityofGrandRapids , twitter.com/CityGrandRapids, and instagram.com/citygrandrapids.

About Seamless
Seamless is an edge innovation platform in Grand Rapids, MI. With a hand-selected consortium of enterprise partners and scouts around the world finding cross-sector problem-solving global innovations, Seamless works to de-risk innovation and build the future with leading-edge startups. Learn more at https://www.seamlessiot.com.

 

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.”

About Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business development, job awareness and community development with the focus on growing Michigan’s economy. For more information on the MEDC and our initiatives, visit www.MichiganBusiness.org. For Pure Michigan® tourism information, your trip begins at www.michigan.org. Join the conversation on: FacebookInstagramLinkedIn, and Twitter.

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.