ANN ARBOR – Starting this fall, students at the University of Michigan will have access to an entirely new form of transportation in the form of this adorable, completely autonomous shuttle bus.
“This first-ever automated shuttle service on campus is a critical research project that will help us understand the challenges and opportunities presented by this type of mobility service and how people interact with it,” said Huei Peng, director of Mcity and a professor of mechanical engineering, in a statement.
Anne Arbor won’t be the first city to feature Navya’s driverless shuttles. The French company has autonomous vehicles on the roads in London and Las Vegas. In both cases, Navya offered trips in its driverless pods for free; trips in Michigan will likewise be free.
Michigan has been a leader in the automotive industry, and now it wants to be a leader in the autonomous driving industry as well. Governor Rick Snyder recently signed a law allowing fully driverless cars on the roads as soon as they’re ready.
This story was published in The Verge.