May Mobility, a developer of AV technologies, has launched its first driverless service for riders on public roads in Sun City, Arizona.
The company’s vehicles used in the service will leverage its proprietary Multi-Policy Decision Making (MPDM) technology and operate daily during the week without an operator sitting in the driver’s seat. Sun City represents one of many communities in which May Mobility aims to launch its autonomous transit services as it works toward its broader goal to transform cities by providing them with accessible, safe, and reliable transportation.
The MPDM system works to support the decision-making capabilities of May Mobility’s AVs when faced with uncertainty, particularly when they encounter an unknown scenario. Here, the system runs real-time, on-board simulations to analyze thousands of possible scenarios every second before choosing the safest one to execute. This approach enables May Mobility’s vehicles to sufficiently handle edge cases, while allowing the company itself to scale more efficiently and more quickly.
Before transitioning to its rider-only service, the company’s AVs began operating on public roads in Sun City in April 2023. At this time, it launched its on-demand autonomous public transit service with Via to serve the community and provide greater access to affordable mobility with shared, on-demand AVs. The service was ultimately designed to help the aging population gain increased freedom and mobility in a safe and reliable manner. This initial pilot went on to inform the service’s transition from operating with a safety driver, to operating without one while continuing to meet the needs of the local community.
Through the driverless service, select customers in May Mobility’s Early Riders group will be able to request a pickup in one of its Toyota Sienna ‘Autono-MaaS’ vehicles from a variety of stops. Initially, it will operate on public roads in Sun City Monday through Friday in the afternoon and be offered at no cost to Early Riders. Powered by Via, the service will serve resident complexes, medical centers and other key locations. Feedback from the Early Riders will work to inform and evolve its driverless operations – understanding how this evolution can maintain its focus on safety, and how AVs can be successfully used in public transit.
In the future, May Mobility will look to expand the reach of its rider-only mobility services as it progresses its wider plan to improve transportation across markets. May Mobility’s public sector, go-to-market, strategy will see them partnering directly with cities, transit agencies, municipalities and government agencies to identify potential gaps in their public transportation systems and solve key transportation challenges for the communities they serve.