The Mcity Driverless Shuttle is back on the road at U-M’s North Campus Research Complex! Let us know what you think — as a passenger or as an observer — by completing a brief survey here.

The shuttle runs Monday-Friday, 9 am-3 pm, weather permitting. You must be at least 18 years old to ride.

With the Mcity Driverless Shuttle research project, we’re studying how passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and other drivers interact with the shuttle as a way to gauge consumer acceptance of the technology.

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Driverless Technology

The Mcity Driverless Shuttle research project uses two fully-automated,  11-seat, 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 are equipped with on-board cameras and Wi-Fi communications to capture data generated during operation.

Gathering Rider Feedback

Exterior cameras capture the reaction and behavior of other road users, including other vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. Interior cameras record the reactions of riders inside the shuttle. This includes the use of video and audio recordings, and photographs from the videos. Mcity is also monitoring ridership and usage patterns, and surveying 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.

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

Take Rider Survey

 

M city Nayva driverless shuttle interior

 

Route Map

 

Map of University of Michigan North Campus Mcity shuttle route

 

Shuttle Route
The current route is marked with a solid red line on the route map. Due to technical challenges and delays in construction projects along this route, a planned expansion to U-M’s Lurie Engineering Center (broken line) cannot be completed within the timeframe of this research project. Future connected and automated vehicle deployment projects are under consideration.

Shuttle Hours
The shuttle runs Monday–Friday, 9 am–3 pm, weather permitting, at U-M’s North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) on Plymouth Road.

Shuttle Tracking
The shuttle transports members of the U-M community 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.

 

 

Mcity Shuttle Resources

Route Map
Detailed map indicating shuttle route and stops.

Download route map

Case Study
The primary goal of the shuttle research project is to understand human acceptance, trust, and behavior when riding in a driverless shuttle or interacting with one on the road. This case study documents our experience getting ready to launch the Mcity shuttle. We hope others considering similar shuttle services can benefit from what we learned.

Download case study

Signage
For organizations launching a driverless shuttle program
Currently, there are no defined federal, state, or local regulations for signage along a driverless vehicle route. Download these graphics used for signs on the Mcity Driverless Shuttle route.

PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP

“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