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May Mobility announces launch of third-generation autonomous driving system

  • By Karsten Kutterer
  • March 16, 2023
  • Autonomy

The company’s proprietary Multi-Policy Decision Making (MPDM) technology delivers a safe, reliable service for communities and customers

May Mobility's Toyota Sienna autonomous vehicle against a green background

ANN ARBOR, MICH. – May Mobility, a leader in the development and deployment of autonomous vehicle (AV) technology, today announced the launch of its third-generation autonomous driving system, another significant step on the path to driverless commercial operations that will improve safety, efficiency and rider satisfaction. Improvements include increased speed, tele-assist capabilities and improved detection accuracy.

May Mobility’s technology improvements benefit communities and riders in urban, suburban and rural areas who have access to cutting-edge transit. The company’s autonomy stack includes its third-generation vision stack, next-generation pedestrian modeling and other improvements that allow the vehicle to navigate smoothly through a variety of interactions and situations.

“The fundamental thesis behind May Mobility is to make public transit better than taking a personal car. By improving the quality and scope of our autonomy system and delivering a more efficient service, we can gradually reduce the need for personal car ownership,” said Edwin Olson, CEO of May Mobility. “These strides will further enable MPDM to scale on our path to commercial driverless operations.”

Meet May Mobility's third-generation autonomous driving system, another significant step on the path to May's driverless commercial operations that will impr...

May Mobility’s autonomy stack advancements include:

  • Next-Gen Pedestrian Modeling—Improved pedestrian modeling that enables the system to make more robust predictions about pedestrian behavior in complex environments. May Mobility’s vehicles can operate more efficiently in downtown environments where dozens of pedestrians move and interact in many different ways, like downtown Ann Arbor. Specifics include the ability to safely navigate through intersections with high pedestrian traffic and smoothly respond to pedestrians who are jaywalking or otherwise violating the rules of the road.
  • Enhanced Policies for Smoother Rides—Added more lateral—or within-lane—movement policies to its MPDM technology. These additions allow the vehicle to move smoothly through crowded streets, moving slightly to the right or left within the lane to avoid minor impediments. The smooth and subtle movements feel human-like.
  • Tele-Assist—Rolled out enhanced tele-assist capabilities that help the vehicle through tricky popup situations, such as construction, to make sure riders can get to their destination on time or faster. May Mobility’s approach to tele-assist combines in-the-moment human insight with the company’s MPDM. The vehicle remains autonomous throughout the assistance while the human operator serves to monitor the environment to ensure that the vehicle remains within its designed operating parameters and approves actions that the vehicle proposes to take. Additionally, the May Mobility tele-assist operator can provide hints to the autonomy system that are used to generate alternative routes through a complex situation.
  • On-Vehicle Traffic Light Detection—Version two of the company’s on-vehicle traffic light detection (OVTL) improves safety with increased precision in challenging lighting conditions such as early morning and late evening. Enhanced vision also detects non-working traffic lights so the vehicle knows to treat them as stops.

“A successful AV service needs to be useful, safe and verified. We rigorously test our technology to ensure that it can handle the wide variety of factors and stimuli presented, whether on a busy street downtown or on a quiet rural road,” said Jacob Crossman, vice president of autonomy for May Mobility. “These updates prepare May to launch driverless commercial operations by the end of the year.”

May Mobility offers on-demand service in urban, suburban and rural settings. In line with the company’s commitment to providing sustainable transit solutions, the point-to-point transit groups riders heading in the same direction. This reduces travel and wait times, provides customers with a more convenient, personalized service, and transit operators with greater flexibility and efficiency.

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About May Mobility

May Mobility, established in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2017, is building the world’s best autonomy system. Their proprietary Multi-Policy Decision Making (MPDM) system is at the core of their mission to help make cities safer, greener and more accessible. MPDM’s proven track record has delivered more than 320,000 autonomy-enabled rides to date in several public transit applications across the U.S. and Japan. With key strategic partnerships including some of the world’s most innovative automotive and transportation companies, such as Toyota Motor Corporation, May Mobility aims to achieve the highest standard in rider safety, sustainability and transportation equity. For more information, visit www.maymobility.com.

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