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May Mobility Gets Back to Business

Robo-shuttle service to resume in Grand Rapids, Mich.


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May Mobility, a startup supplier of self-driving-shuttle services, is resuming limited operations for the first time in five months.

The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based company suspended operations in mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. May Mobility had been conducting test services with its electric vehicles in Detroit and Grand Rapids, Mich., and Providence, R.I.

May Mobility’s robo-shuttle

The company says it will resume operations on Aug. 31, but only in Grand Rapids, for now. Eight of its shuttles will travel along a carefully mapped 3.2-mile urban route that makes 20 stops and negotiates a dozen turns and 30 traffic lights.

Revised Format

Normally, each vehicle can carry six passengers. During the service restart, each shuttle will be limited to either one rider or as many as four people from the same household. A partition will seal the passenger area from a safety driver who monitors the vehicle’s behavior.

May Mobility specializes in low-capacity vehicles that can deliver first-mile/last-mile more efficiently than is possible with standard city buses.

The company was founded in 2017. Since then, it has attracted $84 million in funding, much of it from Toyota and its Toyota AI Ventures investment unit.

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