ANN ARBOR–May Mobility, a developer of autonomous vehicles, and the transit technolkogy developer Via, announced a new agreement under which the companies plan to deploy thousands more AVs globally for public transit in the next three years.
Via’s software helps public transportation agencies, municipalities and school districts optimize fixed bus routes, strategize placements of new bike lanes, plan paratransit and school bus services, and incorporate private on-demand ride sharing services into a city’s transportation system.
“May Mobility and Via share a deep belief in technology’s ability to provide equitable transit solutions,” said Manik Dhar, chief commercial officer for May Mobility. “Our partnership means that we can leverage each other’s strengths to address a larger customer base globally. The communities we serve benefit from our combined depth of autonomy technology experience and fleet deployment solutions.”
May Mobility and Via have partnered since 2021 and currently offer on-demand, dynamically routed, and shared AV services in three cities. Over the next three years, May Mobility and Via will incorporate thousands more AVs into the public transit systems of cities around the globe. Powered by Via’s AI-based booking and intelligent routing algorithms, on-demand rides are available to anyone through a Via-powered app, which matches riders headed in the same direction into one vehicle to create efficient, flexible shared trips.
The combination of Via’s intelligent routing and booking software with May Mobility’s AV technology efficiently and reliably transports riders to and from popular hubs such as corporate, hospital and university campuses or stores, restaurants and churches. This expanded agreement will enable faster, more streamlined launch operations for future sites worldwide.
May Mobility and Via operate in a mix of urban, suburban and rural cities each with unique needs. Together, the companies design customized AV services that consider the ridership requirements of each of the communities they serve. May Mobility’s focus on improving accessibility means that all fleets include wheelchair-accessible vehicles, equipped with an ADA-compliant ramping system. Wheelchair users can permanently toggle their status on the app to ensure pickup by one of May Mobility’s wheelchair-accessible vehicles.
To date, May Mobility and Via have together served around 50,000 AV rides.
As part of the expanded agreement, May Mobility will have access to Via’s Remix software, the first transit planning software for on-demand and other flexible mobility services. With Remix, May Mobility will further optimize its AV routes and advance sustainability and equity goals by using proprietary data from over 200 Via deployments and 100 million shared Via rides.