Detroit, US is piloting AVs
The Motor City is entering the driverless era via a combination of private investment in an AV pilot and city investment in innovation leadership. In October 2017, a five-day trial was conducted by May Mobility, a University of Michigan spinoff based in nearby Ann Arbor. Two six-passenger electric shuttle vehicles, outfitted by May Mobility for autonomous operation, ferried employees of billionaire tech and real estate mogul Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock LLC on a mile-long route between the First National Building and the city’s Bricktown Car Garage.
Coordinating the city’s involvement in planning and evaluation of the pilot is the city’s first-ever Director of Mobility Innovation, appointed in November 2016. The purview of this new leadership position includes spearheading a variety of experiments, developing a comprehensive mobility plan, and developing funding sources for new initiatives.
2017-12-14: Ford announced it will consolidate more than 200 employees in its autonomous vehicle and electric vehicle business and strategy teams at a historic factory in Detroit’s Corktown district by end of 2018. Press release