Self-Driving Shuttle Unveiled, Test Runs Starting this Week
Today it was revealed that Michigan-based startup May Mobility will be operating the shuttles, and that other routes could be added in the future.
Testing of the all-electric vehicles will begin this week, and the shuttles will begin accepting passengers in December. The project “will eventually include shuttles deployed to multiple routes,” according to a press release.
An operator will be present at all times in the vehicle, both to answer passengers’ questions and to take over driving if needed.
“We’re proud to have the first self-driving shuttle in Ohio being tested on the streets of Columbus,” said Mayor Andrew Ginther. “This pilot will shape future uses of this emerging technology in Columbus and the nation.”
Other stops along the Downtown route will include Bicentennial Park, COSI, and the new National Veterans Memorial and Museum, which is scheduled to open on October 27.
Partnering with Smart Columbus on the project is Ohio State University and DriveOhio, an initiative of the Ohio Department of Transportation designed to encourage collaboration between the public and private sectors in the field of autonomous and connected vehicles.