Self-driving shuttles are hitting the streets of Detroit on Tuesday.
Ann Arbor-based May Mobility is launching the first commercial fleet of autonomous vehicles on Michigan’s public streets. The shuttles will run in the city’s central business district starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Property management company Bedrock, the real estate arm of Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert, is paying May Mobility to provide five six-seat electric vans for its employees. The shuttles will transport the company’s employees in a circuit between their offices, parking sites and company events.
The self-driving vehicles are replacing a bus-shuttle route currently driven by humans. They will run from 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. weekdays starting Wednesday along a route about a mile long, which starts in Cadillac Square, passes through Greektown and includes Bates Street, Beaubien Street, East Congress Street and Monroe Avenue. During peak hours, there will be three vehicles running on the route.