May Mobility operates autonomous vehicle shuttles in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with planned deployments in 2021 in Arlington, Texas, and Higashi-Hiroshima City, Japan.
May Mobility has selected Velodyne as a provider of long-range, surround view lidar sensors for its entire fleet of self-driving shuttles.
Velodyne’s Alpha Prime is a next generation lidar sensor that utilises a patented 360-degree surround view perception technology to support safe, high-performance autonomous mobility.
A result of more than 10 years of lidar innovation and testing, the Alpha Prime supports precise, reliable navigation in real-time autonomous operation in urban and highway environments, Velodyne reports.
The sensor detects and tracks vehicles, pedestrians, and other obstructions to help autonomous vehicles safely navigate at various speeds, travelling night and day in a range of road conditions such as rain, sleet, and snow.
“Velodyne Lidar is a valued partner and we’ve chosen [its] long-range, surround view lidar sensors because they integrate well with our AV systems,” said Edwin Olson, co-founder and CEO of May Mobility.
“This will allow us to continue to improve the overall operation and safety of our shuttles and expand the capabilities of our vehicles into a wider range of operational design domains.”
May Mobility is operating autonomous vehicle shuttles in Grand Rapids, Michigan and claims it has provided more than 265,000 safe AV rides for consumers since 2018. Upcoming planned deployments in 2021 include those in Arlington, Texas, and Higashi-Hiroshima City, Japan.
“This will allow us to continue to improve the overall operation and safety of our shuttles and expand the capabilities of our vehicles into a wider range of operational design domains”
“May Mobility’s innovative autonomous technology is helping transform urban mobility by delivering safe, accessible transportation services,” added Anand Gopalan, CEO, Velodyne Lidar.
“May Mobility is demonstrating how Velodyne’s lidar sensors help make self-driving shuttles safe and efficient, positioning them to close public transit gaps and bottlenecks.”
Velodyne said its sensor and software solutions provide “flexibility, quality and performance” to meet the needs of a wide range of industries, including autonomous vehicles, advanced driver assistance systems, robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), smart cities and security.
May Mobility’s goal is to realise a world where self-driving systems increase the reliability of transportation, make the roads much safer, and encourage better land use in order to foster more green, vibrant, and liveable spaces.
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