Tuesday, 22 June 2021 17:44

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


...lend our knowledge and expertise with the team at May Mobility and to work alongside these industry leaders as they seek to improve Central Indiana's mobility ecosystem."


To ensure riders' health and safety, masks are currently required for all passengers and fleet attendants. Shuttles will carry only one household per ride, and all shuttles are equipped with partitions and UVC disinfectant lights that will clean the shuttle interior between rides.


The AV shuttle service is part of the Together in Motion Indiana initiative announced earlier this year by TMF and ESN. It aims to foster innovation through industry partnerships and propel research and development in advanced mobility technologies in Indiana.


The initiative supports the deployments of various mobility solutions to better serve the transportation needs of the local communities, to understand the changing ecosystems surrounding these needs, to potentially expand such initiatives into other communities and to establish networks for the sharing and leveraging of key learnings. As each mobility solution is developed with local community input, this human-centered approach facilitates the implementation of valued activities and the commercialization of an array of cooperative options.


"Indiana is the ideal location to launch the first Together in Motion initiative because of the strong local partnerships with Energy Systems Network and the local communities," said Ryan Klem, director of programs, Toyota Mobility Foundation. "They have facilitated May Mobility's integration into the local transportation offerings, and we look forward to learning about local use and impact so we can transfer and scale this knowledge to other locations."


Prior to opening the shuttle service to the public, May Mobility provided Indianapolis residents and Indy 500 race week guests free 10-minute-long rides along a special demonstration route near the Indiana Statehouse. More than 60 attendees experienced the AV shuttle service in a Lexus RX 450h equipped with May Mobility's autonomous technology.


"Bringing innovative mobility solutions to Indiana with partners steeped in advancing autonomous technology positions the state as a leader in this in-demand and growing sector," said Dave Roberts, chief innovation officer, Indiana Economic Development Corporation. "Engaging with ESN, Toyota Mobility Foundation and May Mobility to assist in this effort shows the commitment to finding the best technology partners to provide additional transportation resources to residents throughout the state."


In the next phase of the initiative, May Mobility will operate an AV shuttle route in Fishers, IN. This service is slated to begin in November.


Source: Toyota Mobility Foundation, Energy Systems Network, May Mobility


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