Ann Arbor-based autonomous vehicle technology provider May Mobility has received an unspecified minority ownership investment from Bridgestone Americas, a global manufacturer of tires and sustainable mobility solutions based in Nashville, Tenn.
This is Bridgestone’s first investment in public-serving autonomous vehicles.
The new partnership will include the future integration of Bridgestone’s digital and predictive tire-centric technologies into May Mobility autonomous vehicles, granting deeper AV intelligence for safer and more efficient operation. Through the partnership, Bridgestone also will gain insights into autonomous vehicle operations to improve its core tire products and mobility solutions.
The new relationship between Bridgestone and May Mobility expands the AV technology company’s ability to operate and service its vehicles in new markets through Bridgestone’s nationwide network of more than 2,200 tire and automotive service centers doing business under the Firestone Complete Auto Care, Tires Plus, Hibdon Tires Plus, and Wheel Works retail brands.
In addition, May Mobility also will be able to leverage the company’s mobile service provider, Firestone Direct, to support its expansion. This will further enhance May Mobility’s ability to scale AV operations for its growing fleet of Toyota passenger vehicles, including the Toyota Sienna Autono-MaaS. May Mobility plans to continue expanding operations in the U.S. and Japan, building sustainable, accessible, and affordable AV transit solutions.
“May Mobility is at the forefront of AV innovation and development, and we are excited to partner with the company through our broad service network of company-owned retail stores,” says Brian Goldstine, president of mobility solutions and fleet management at Bridgestone Americas. “Our future plans to integrate the Bridgestone suite of predictive maintenance insights will help ensure that May Mobility vehicles operate even more safely, efficiently, and sustainably.”
May Mobility vehicles also will utilize insights derived from in-wheel sensors and proprietary Bridgestone predictive algorithms to monitor the health of tires, including tire pressure, temperature, and tread wear, which will allow for proactive and predictive maintenance that helps improve fleet safety, efficiency, and sustainability.
Azuga, a cloud-based fleet mobility solution acquired by Bridgestone in 2021, also will be leveraged by May Mobility to improve business performance through the platform’s fleet management, camera intelligence, and route planning features.
“The ability to operate and service vehicles using Bridgestone’s 2,200 nationwide stores gives May Mobility an unmatched ability to scale across the country,” says Edwin Olson, CEO of May Mobility. “This collaboration builds upon our shared mission of providing safe and sustainable mobility solutions on a global scale.”