Ann Arbor-based May Mobility, Mcity of the University of Michigan, and Ann Arbor Spark will launch A2GO, a new autonomous vehicle shuttle service in the Ann Arbor area, on Oct. 11.
Additional partners on the project include Important Safety Technologies, 4M, Office of Future Mobility and Electrification, and Michigan Economic Development Corp. As part of the A2GO service, a fleet of five autonomous, shared, on-demand vehicles will operate in a 2.64-square-mile service area connecting the Kerrytown neighborhood to downtown Ann Arbor, U-M’s central and south campuses, pulse campus, and the State Street corridor.
The free service will be available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and riders will access the service via the May Mobility app, which is available through the Apple App store and Google Play.
May Mobility has hired four full-time employees since originally announcing service in Ann Arbor and plans to hire up to 20 autonomous vehicle operators to support the full A2GO deployment, with several open position currently hiring. The official launch event will take place Oct. 12 in Ann Arbor, where May with offer demonstrations of its technology.
A2GO is May’s eighth shuttle deployment since the company began operations. It is currently operating shuttles in Grand Rapids; Arlington, Texas; Hiroshima, Japan; and Indianapolis, Ind. In developing A2GO, the company worked with community and strategic partners who shared the company’s vision for equitable and sustainable public transportation solutions.
“The deployment of A2GO exemplifies Michigan’s leadership and innovation in public-private partnerships to facilitate long lasting change within our mobility ecosystem,” says Trevor Pawl, Michigan’s chief mobility officer. “We are excited to see the results of this pilot in the Ann Arbor community, as well as the next-generation solutions the team at May Mobility continues to bring to the state of Michigan.”
A2GO’s site operations are located at 4M, Ann Arbor’s first co-living townhomes that offer co-working and mobility solutions to its members. This includes garage parking for May’s autonomous shuttles, material storage, and offices for onsite staff that maintain daily operations, train autonomous vehicle operators (AVO), and manage rider and AVO communications.
The service also demonstrated the role Ann Arbor SPARK plays in advancing mobility in Ann Arbor and ensuring the community continues to be seen as a leader in the testing and adoption of AV technologies.