The City of Tampa, Florida, and the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) welcomed May Mobility to demonstrate autonomous vehicle technology in February. The downtown business district known as the Marion Transit Way corridor is a roadway where May Mobility could transport workers, shoppers, and business people in future.
Alisyn Malek, COO and co-founder of Ann Arbor’s May Mobility calls the potential partnership a “prime example of embracing and creating the city of the future.”
“Our autonomous vehicle fleets were created to bring people closer together and help support local economies, and we are excited to use our industry-leading technology to redefine transit for the Tampa Bay community,” says Malek.
Just one year after initial launch, May Mobility has attracted two new investors, raising a total of $11.5 million in seed funding. In February, the Ann Arbor-based autonomous vehicle innovator announced that BMW i Ventures and Toyota AI Ventures have joined existing investors Maven Ventures, SV Angel, Tandem Ventures, Trucks Ventures, and YCombinator to to fund the company’s innovative self-driving micro-shuttle transportation solution platform. The funding will allow May Mobility to expand vehicle placement across the country.
May Mobility’s six-passenger driverless shuttles carried Bedrock employees through the streets of Detroit last year in a groundbreaking trial
that was positively received. Perfectly suited for educational campuses and business districts, May Mobility’s shuttles operate across short distances using a combination of radar, LIDAR, and mapping technologies.
Through a unique combination of robotics, electric vehicle, and business experience, the May Mobility team has brought autonomous vehicles to the road quickly, an ability that is attractive to funders.
“Vehicles and programs of all sorts are being announced or tested and trialed, but May Mobility is actually solving today’s transportation issues with self-driving vehicles on real city streets today,” says Uwe Higgen, Managing Partner at BMW i Ventures.
“We invested in the team because they’re reducing the complexity of the problem to actually deliver autonomous mobility now, instead of years from now, and the feedback loop will be invaluable to the future of the industry.”
This spring, in addition to showcasing their technology at SXSW’s Michigan House in March, May Mobility will participate in the Washington Traffic Safety Commission Conference in April and the Urban Land Institute spring meeting at Detroit’s Cobo Center in May.