Canadian auto parts supplier Magna International Inc. will partner with Michigan startup May Mobility on self-driving shuttles, the companies said on Wednesday.
Magna will outfit low-speed electric shuttles equipped with May Mobility self-driving software.
The automotive and software supplier will retrofit the low-speed self-driving “micro transit” electric vehicles from the chassis up. Magna will provide:
- Body modifications, such as custom doors and a panoramic moonroof;
- Drive-by-wire upfitting to convert the vehicles into an autonomous-ready state;
- Sensor integration, including mounting, cabling, and streamlined cowlings.
Magna will work on the vehicles at its custom build center in suburban Detroit. May Mobility engineers will collaborate on the development from the company’s Ann Arbor, Mich., headquarters.
The shuttles will be deployed initially this summer in a commercial ride-sharing service in downtown Detroit. Eventually, the companies want thousands of the vehicles deployed in several markets.
May Mobility intends to offer on-demand services by 2019 and expand its suite of vehicles and services based on customer demand.
Investors in May Mobility include Toyota Motor Corp. and BMW AG.
Reuters contributed to this report.