The Ann Arbor-based startup May Mobility has been making news lately with its self-driving vehicles.
In June, May Mobility was announced as the self-driving shuttle service of Quicken Loans and its families of companies. The company’s self-driving electric vehicles shuttle Quicken employees on a one-mile loop throughout downtown Detroit, taking riders from their parking garage to their office.
Now May Mobility is taking part in a pilot autonomous vehicle communication platform from transportation analytics company INRIX. The platform, INRIX AV Road Rules, is intended to help connect local road authorities with highly automated vehicle (HAV) operators, allowing cities and authorities to assign, validate, and manage traffic rules, as well as restrictions for autonomous vehicles.
The platform could lead to safer and more effective autonomous vehicles. It will also report back HAV data for improvements to infrastructure, leading to safer and more effective city streets.
"The program demonstrates our commitment to safety and reliability and gives us the opportunity to work more closely with cities," says Steve Vozar, CTO and co-founder of May Mobility.
"It also provides the tools to make sure that our vehicles have the most up-to-date information which expedites our process for putting self-driving vehicles on public roads today."
The INRIX AV Road Rules platforms will digitize local road restrictions, allowing autonomous vehicles to rely on local data in addition to street signs for speed limits, crosswalks, stop signs, and the like.
Cities participating in the pilot program include Austin, Boston, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Portland, Maine, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, which includes Las Vegas, and Transport for West Midlands and Transport Scotland in the United Kingdom.
In addition to May Mobility, Jaguar Land Rover, nuTonomy (an Aptiv company), and operators running Renovo’s Aware platform are taking part in the roll-out of the platform.