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May Mobility is transforming cities through autonomous technology to create a safer, greener, more accessible world. Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, May develops and deploys autonomous vehicles (AVs) powered by our innovative Multi-Policy Decision Making (MPDM) technology that literally reimagines the way AVs think. Our vehicles do more than just drive themselves - they provide value to communities, bridge public transit gaps and move people where they need to go safely, easily and with a lot more fun. We're building the world's best autonomy system to reimagine transit by minimizing congestion, expanding access and encouraging better land use in order to foster more green, vibrant and livable spaces. Since our founding in 2017, we've given more than 300,000 autonomy-enabled rides to real people around the globe.


Michigan plans to redesign road for self-driving cars

CNN US News

Washington, DC (CNN)Michigan announced Thursday that it's teaming with tech and auto companies to attempt to retrofit a roughly 40-mile stretch of two roads outside Detroit exclusively for self-driving vehicles. Michigan's partners include Ford and Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners, a company that Alphabet has invested in. Alphabet owns Google (GOOG) and Waymo, one of the companies at the forefront of developing self-driving vehicles. Both Interstate 94 and Michigan Avenue between Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan, would be retrofitted to include a dedicated lane for self-driving vehicles. Sensors and cameras added to the roads would help the vehicles better understand their surroundings.


Autonomous shuttle startup May Mobility expands to a third U.S. city

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May Mobility launched its first low-speed autonomous shuttle service in Detroit this summer. By March, the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based company will be operating in at least three U.S. cities. The company, which just announced plans to expand to Columbus, Ohio, is planning to add another route in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It's a rapid acceleration for a company that was founded less than two years ago. May Mobility is different from other companies racing to deploy autonomous vehicles at a commercial scale.


Autonomous Vehicles Might Drive Cities to Financial Ruin

WIRED

In Ann Arbor, Michigan, last week, 125 mostly white, mostly male, business-card-bearing attendees crowded into a brightly lit ballroom to consider "mobility." That's the buzzword for a hazy vision of how tech in all forms--including smartphones, credit cards, and autonomous vehicles-- will combine with the remains of traditional public transit to get urbanites where they need to go. There was a fizz in the air at the Meeting of the Minds session, advertised as a summit to prepare cities for the "autonomous revolution." In the US, most automotive research happens within an hour of that ballroom, and attendees knew that development of "level 4" autonomous vehicles--designed to operate in limited locations, but without a human driver intervening--is accelerating. Susan Crawford (@scrawford) is an Ideas contributor for WIRED, a professor at Harvard Law School, and the author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age.


Ford Targets Miami to Test Driverless Food Delivery

WSJ.com: WSJD - Technology

"We want to understand what customers do to interact with an AV vehicle," said Sherif Marakby, Ford's vice president of autonomous vehicles. Ford conducted a short test with Domino's in Ann Arbor, Mich., last year.


Can Ford Turn Itself Into a Tech Company?

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On a sunny afternoon in early October, I drove across a parking lot in Ann Arbor, Mich., and down a sloping road to a second, private lot. A fence lining the lot's perimeter was covered in black fabric, as if to deter snoops. Behind it was a 32-acre Potemkin village. There were paved roads with names and signs: Liberty Street, Main Street, Wolverine Avenue. There was a traffic roundabout, a covered underpass and a railroad crossing. There were cosmetic props, too -- newspaper boxes, sidewalk benches, a row of fake storefronts. Mcity, as the facility is known, was built by the University of Michigan as a testing ground for automakers, including Ford, which has been experimenting with self-driving cars here for about two years. I parked my rental and climbed into the back of a white Ford Fusion with four spinning Lidar sensors on the roof, each roughly the size of a water glass, and a rack of high-performance computers in the trunk. Next to me sat Randy Visintainer, Ford's director of autonomous vehicle development. Jakob Hoellerbauer, a young Ford engineer, took the driver's seat.


Trump camp updates U.S. self-driving car guidelines as more hit the road, paring safety assessment points

The Japan Times

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN – The Trump administration on Tuesday unveiled updated safety guidelines for self-driving cars aimed at clearing barriers for automakers and tech companies wanting to get test vehicles on the road. The new voluntary guidelines announced by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao update policies issued last fall by the Obama administration, which were also largely voluntary. Chao emphasized that the guidelines aren't meant to force automakers to use certain technology or meet stringent requirements. Instead, they're designed to clarify what vehicle developers and states should consider as more test cars reach public roads. "We want to make sure those who are involved understand how important safety is," Chao said during a visit to an autonomous vehicle testing facility at the University of Michigan.


Driverless cars on public highways? Go for it, Trump administration says

Los Angeles Times

Under those guidelines, automakers and technology companies will be asked to voluntarily submit safety assessments to the U.S. Department of Transportation, but they don't have to do it. And states are being advised to use a light regulatory hand. At a driverless-car test track in Ann Arbor, Mich., Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao painted a near future of greater safety, fewer deaths, higher productivity and more time spent with loved ones as robots increasingly take over the tasks of driving and commuters are freed for other activities. She unveiled a document titled "Vision for Safety 2.0" and delivered a speech that was strong on vision and light on regulation. "More than 35,000 people perish every year in vehicle crashes," she said -- 94% of those through driver error.


US might soon reveal its revised self-driving car guidelines

Engadget

We might finally get to see how the Trump administration has tweaked the Obama-era self-driving vehicle guidelines next week. According to Reuters, the Department of Transportation is slated to unveil the revised guidelines on September 12th at an autonomous vehicle testing facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan. That's a bit over three months after DOT secretary Elaine Chao announced that she has begun reviewing the existing guidelines in response to automakers' requests for the right to put more autonomous vehicles on the road for testing. By being able to test more vehicles, the companies have a much better chance of adhering to their plans of releasing autonomous cars in the next few years. Apparently, the White House already approved the revisions the DOT made back on August 31st.


Ford's 'Self-Driving' Pizza Delivery, BMW's Electric Mini, Uber Meltdowns, and More Car News From This Week

WIRED

Alex took us to the wilds of Seaside, California, where some cheeky car owners and tinkerers exhibited decidedly cruddy vehicles, their riposte to the ultra-fancy Concours d'Elegance held the same weekend in neighboring Pebble Beach. Every year, the Concours d'Lemons showcases non-newsworthy cars made fabulous by a little human ingenuity. Witness, par exemple, an unremarkable 1976 Ford Pinto transformed by its owner's insistence on dressing up as a priest, chugging mimosas, and spewing terrible altar boy jokes. Jack checked out Ford's fun, new autonomous vehicle project, delivering Domino's pizzas to the very hungry denizens of Ann Arbor, Michigan. The catch: The car isn't autonomous at all, just dressed up to look like an AV.