May Mobility and Via Launch Three Unique Autonomous Vehicle Services in Only 8 Months

  • May Mobility and Via’s trio of public, shared on-demand AV services in Michigan and Texas demonstrate how AVs can be scaled rapidly and integrated with cities’ existing transit infrastructure

May Mobility, a pioneer of autonomous vehicle (AV) technology, and shuttle operations, and Via, the global leader in TransitTech, have together launched three public autonomous vehicles services in just eight months in Arlington, TX, Grand Rapids, MI, and Ann Arbor, MI — demonstrating the partnership’s success in rapidly launching complex, flexible, and scalable autonomous vehicle deployments.

may mobility via
Each service has successfully provided effective, efficient driverless transportation services available to all.

May Mobility and Via’s first autonomous vehicle service, RAPID, which launched in Arlington, TX, in March, has already surpassed 20,000 rides to-date with a variety of destinations across Downtown Arlington and the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) campus. The services in Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, which launched in August and October 2021, respectively, both also continue to grow in ridership month-by-month.

While on-demand, dynamically-routed, shared AV services have been historically difficult to implement over any time period, Via and May have launched three services of this type in eight months. Each of the three services is customized to meet the needs of the city and community it serves. Despite the variety of  localities, rider demographics, and transit needs across Arlington, Grand Rapids, and Ann Arbor, each service has successfully provided effective, efficient driverless transportation services available to all — demonstrating how AVs reach their full potential when they are deployed as part of mass transit.

Data collected from the City of Arlington’s RAPID service to-date illustrates that when AVs are deployed as part of mass transit and scaled efficiently, they can serve as an accessible, convenient way to travel:

  • More than 60% of riders use RAPID to get to essential destinations including work, school, medical places, or shopping.
  • An overwhelming amount — nearly 90% — of riders agreed or strongly agreed they would ride RAPID again in the future, with a vast majority agreeing that booking their trip and boarding the autonomous vehicle with Via’s rider app and in-vehicle passenger screen was easy.
  • After riding RAPID, 80% of riders agreed or strongly agreed that AVs can increase the convenience of travel.
Cariann Chan, SVP of Business at Via, said:

At Via, we believe that for autonomous vehicles to reach their full potential as part of large-scale transit networks, they must be on-demand, dynamically routed, and shared. Our three services with May Mobility demonstrate how launching highly-customized, public AV services using a common software platform is possible for a variety of use cases and geographies. We couldn’t be more proud of the success we have seen in each market during a short period of time.

The 20,000 rides milestone in Arlington comes just over a year from when Via and May Mobility announced their partnership in November 2020. The collaboration aims to extend both companies’ reach into on-demand autonomous mobility on a global scale. The partnership involves integrating Via’s TransitTech software into May Mobility’s existing autonomous vehicles platform to support fleet management, booking, routing, passenger and vehicle assignment, and rider experience.

Shana Downs, Director of Sales and Channel Management at May Mobility, said:

May has a strong vision on how shared autonomous vehicles can be deployed to complement existing transit and bring value to communities. Utilizing Via’s technology has helped us take that vision to the next level and continue our track record of bringing tangible benefits to riders and communities today.

Via and May Mobility look forward to continuing to help cities and communities introduce autonomous vehicle networks as a way to expand access to efficient, equitable, and sustainable public transportation across the country.

This article was originally published by Via Transportation, Inc..

Visit Supplier

Visit Supplier Website

Contact Via


Via Transportation
160 Varick Street
4th Floor
New York
New York 10013

More News

Contact Via

Use the form to get in touch with Via directly to discuss any requirements you might have.

    We'd love to send you the latest news and information from the world of Future Transport-News. Please tick the box if you agree to receive them.

    For your peace of mind here is a link to our Privacy Policy.

    By submitting this form, you consent to allow Future Transport-News to store and process this information.