May Mobility and SouthWest Transit have partnered to provide an autonomous microtransit service in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

Under this partnership, May Mobility’s autonomous vehicles (AVs) will be integrated into SouthWest Transit’s network in the autumn of this year.

May Mobility and SouthWest Transit announce first autonomous microtransit service in the Twin Cities area
May Mobility and SouthWest Transit announce first autonomous microtransit service in the Twin Cities area

This will mark the first autonomous microtransit service to be launched in the Twin Cities area, providing the public with an additional on-demand option.

The service will enhance SouthWest Transit’s existing microtransit service, SouthWest Prime.

May Mobility’s AVs will connect the public to residential, employment, and shopping districts and will provide essential first- and last-mile transportation to key mobility hubs in Eden Prairie.

The service will also include a stop at the Southwest Light Rail, which connects downtown Minneapolis, downtown Saint Paul, and places in between.

Riders will be able to conveniently travel to and from pre-determined stops using their current Prime mobile app, which is powered by Spare.

Erik Hansen, CEO of SouthWest Transit said:

We’re excited to be the first to bring this innovative transit solution to the Twin Cities. By expanding on our wildly popular Southwest Prime microtransit service, we will stay on the cutting edge and ensure that we can provide a premium transit service for years to come.

SouthWest Transit has signed a three-year contract with May Mobility for this service.

May Mobility will deploy five wheelchair-accessible AVs that feature an ADA-compliant wheelchair ramp and securement system. By using a fully wheelchair-accessible fleet, the service will give both wheelchair users and other riders greater access to safe, convenient, and comfortable transportation.

This consideration highlights the potential for autonomous vehicles to enhance accessibility and promote mobility and independence.

Manik Dhar, chief commercial officer for May Mobility said:

Our autonomous driving technology has proven its ability to scale well across diverse circumstances and even navigate under the state’s harsh winter climates. Our experience in deploying safe and equitable autonomous rides will enhance the city’s public transportation system and connect even more people to essential destinations both near and far.


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