We’ve launched the Mcity Driverless Shuttle research project on the University of Michigan’s North Campus.

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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, including other vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. Interior cameras will record the reactions of riders inside the shuttle.  This includes the use of video and audio recordings, and photographs from the videos.  Mcity will also monitor ridership and usage patterns, and survey users about their experience. The data gathered will help researchers understand user trust over time, as well as how to design safer vehicles and how to operate them more efficiently.

Tell Us About Your Experience with the Shuttle

The Mcity Driverless Shuttle is currently being tested on U-M’s North Campus without shuttle passengers. If you’ve seen or had any interaction with the shuttle, we’d like to hear about your experience.  Your valuable feedback will help researchers understand how the shuttle impacts other road users, bicyclists and pedestrians.


Please note, if your experience has changed since you last provided feedback, we encourage you to take our short survey again.

MCity’s autonomous shuttle making its rounds at NCRC on the University of Michigan’s North Campus.


Route Map

Map of University of Michigan North Campus Mcity shuttle route



Spring 2018

The shuttle runs Monday–Friday, 9 am–3 pm, weather permitting, at U-M’s North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) on Plymouth Road. The current shuttle route is marked with a solid red line on the route map.

Future testing will extend to cover the full shuttle route from NCRC to the Lurie Engineering Center, marked with a dotted red line on the route map.

Shuttle Tracking

The shuttle transports U-M students, faculty, and staff at NCRC. The round-trip, non-stop route is about one mile. During operation, shuttles are trackable using the DoubleMap website or the DoubleMap app.



Driverless Technology

The service will use two fully-automated,  11-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 Autonom 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