May Mobility, an autonomous vehicle technology developer, and Stantec, a design and engineering firm, announced a partnership Tuesday to develop “turnkey AV microtransit solutions,” the companies said in a press release.
Microtransit consists of “small-scale, on-demand public transit services that can offer fixed routes and schedules, as well as flexible routes and on-demand scheduling,” according to the American Public Transportation Association website.
Established in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 2017, May Mobility has partnered with Via since 2021 to provide on-demand microtransit using AVs in three cities: Arlington, Texas; Ann Arbor, Michigan; and Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The two companies recently announced plans to bring “thousands more AVs into the public transit systems of cities around the globe.”
May Mobility is transitioning its fleet to the Toyota Sienna Autono-MaaS (a reference to mobility-as-a-service) minivan, a hybrid-electric vehicle produced in Indiana and outfitted by BraunAbility to be wheelchair accessible, a spokesperson said.