A Michigan-based start-up will test two self-driving shuttles in downtown Detroit next month.
May Mobility will begin testing the six-passenger vehicles on October 9. Two shuttles will transport employees of Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures to downtown parking lots in a part of the city AutoBlog describes as a “”complicated area.” Shuttles will operate for three hours a day, from 7 PM to 10 PM, for five days.
“We have a couple vehicles that are supposed to be ready to go around a path,” said developer Dan Gilbert, who is the chairman and founder of Rock Ventures and Quicken Loans. “We have shuttles that shuttle people around downtown for parking and back and everywhere else. So we’re going to give it a shot and see what happens.”
A safety driver will ride in the vehicle just in case. “A pilot rep will be on board making sure everyone is comfortable with the ride,” said May Mobility CEO Edwin Olson. “In the long term we expect to be able to operate without a safety driver.”
And while the company is currently testing six-passenger shuttles, Olson said the self-driving technology can be adapted to larger vehicles. “The technology we build is broadly applicable to any motor vehicle,” he said. “It’s our first product and won’t be our only product.” Link to full story in The Detroit News.
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