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.

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.

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Route Map

North Campus Shuttle Map



Fall 2017

We are conducting initial testing on a portion of the shuttle route around U-M’s North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) on Plymouth Road.

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 is expected to begin transporting U-M students, faculty, and staff. The round-trip, non-stop route is about two miles.

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.

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“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