ANN ARBOR, MI - Equipped with a "safety conductor," rather than a driver, driverless shuttles made their highly-anticipated debut Monday, June 4, on the University of Michigan's North Campus.
Two fully-automated, 11-passenger, all-electric shuttles built by the French firm NAVYA are now running 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, weather permitting. The shuttle service will launch in phases, beginning with a route at the North Campus Research Complex.
Mcity, UM's 32-acre connected and automated vehicle test site
, plans to extend the route to the the Robert H. Lurie Engineering Center in the coming months. There is no cost to riders, and the two shuttles will cover the approximately one-mile circular route roughly every five to 10 minutes, depending on traffic.