We’ve launched the testing phase of the Mcity Driverless Shuttle research project on the University of Michigan’s North Campus. We expect to add passengers beginning spring 2018.

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About the Shuttle Research Project

Mcity will study how passengers react to the driverless shuttles as a way to gauge consumer acceptance of the technology. Exterior cameras will capture the reaction and behavior of other road users, especially bicyclists and pedestrians. Mcity will also track ridership and usage patterns, and survey users about their experience. The data gathered will help researchers understand how to design safer vehicles and how to operate them more efficiently.

M city driverless shuttle


Route Map

North Campus driverless shuttle map



Fall 2017
We are conducting initial testing on the portion of the route that loops around U-M’s North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) on Plymouth Road, marked in yellow on the route map.

In the coming months, testing will extend to cover the full shuttle route from NCRC to the Lurie Engineering Center, marked in red on the route map.

Spring 2018
The shuttle will begin transporting U-M students, faculty, and staff on a non-stop two-mile route between the Lurie Engineering Center and the  NCRC.

Driverless Technology

The service will use two fully-automated, 15-passenger, all-electric shuttles manufactured by French firm NAVYA. In addition to lidar, which uses invisible laser beams to build a view of the surrounding environment, and GPS for localization, the two NAVYA ARMA shuttles will also be equipped with on-board cameras and Wi-Fi communications to capture data generated during operation.

M city Nayva driverless shuttle interior


“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.”

Huei Peng Director, Roger L. McCarthy Professor of Mechanical Engineering