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Tuesday, 22 June 2021 17:44

Toyota Mobility Foundation, Energy Systems Network, May Mobility Inaugurate Free Autonomous Shuttle Service in Indianapolis

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The Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF), Energy Systems Network (ESN) and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) have joined with May Mobility, a leader in autonomous vehicle (AV) technology and shuttle operations, to launch a free autonomous shuttle service in Central Indiana.

The free service, a part of TMF's Together in Motion Indiana, began June 1, and serves the downtown Indianapolis and Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) communities.

 

Together in Motion is an initiative bringing stakeholders together to test the interoperability of mobility innovations and facilitate the efficient movement of people and goods. The autonomous shuttle service supports the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Sustainable Cities and Communities goal (No. 11) and Toyota's commitment to providing Mobility for All.

 

"At May Mobility, our mission is to bring safe, accessible and reliable mobility solutions to communities around the world," said Edwin Olson, co-founder and CEO of May Mobility. "We're excited to bring AV technology to Central Indiana through our partnership with the Toyota Mobility Foundation, Energy Systems Network and IndyGo."

 

The Together in Motion AV shuttle service runs through Nov. 19 and operates 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

The service is available to the public and features five Lexus RX 450h vehicles and one wheelchair-accessible Polaris GEM shuttle equipped with May Mobility's autonomous technology.

 

There are nine designated stops in Indianapolis, each identifiable by a sign providing route information and a scannable QR code leading to the Together in Motion Indiana website. Through the QR code, riders can learn more about May Mobility technology and the shuttle route.

 

Shuttles arrive in 10- to 15-minute intervals on a rotating loop. The route was designed to increase mobility options by providing a connection from the Vermont Station---along IndyGo's Red Line---to areas west of downtown. Additionally, the route circles the IU Health University Hospital and the Riley Hospital for Children campuses. Riders can plan their trips on Google Maps and see live updates of a shuttle's location. 

 

"IndyGo exists to connect our community to economic and cultural opportunities through safe, reliable and accessible mobility experiences," said Lesley Gordon, vice president of communications and marketing at IndyGo. "We will continue to...


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