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The World of Self-Driving Cars: Where Technology and Operations Meet

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October 01, 2018

Distinguished Lecture on Autonomous Vehicles: Tom Castle

Tom Castle addresses the audience

The College of Engineering & Science welcomed Tom Castle to present a distinguished lecture on the technological and operational aspects of autonomous driving.

Tom Castle is the Director of Fleet Operations for May Mobility, an Ann Arbor, Michigan-based company, that is transforming the experience of self-driving vehicles.  May Mobility has autonomous vehicles on the road today that serve employees of Bedrock Detroit, a commercial real-estate firm owned by Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert. Its micro-transit service uses six-passenger electric vehicles that steer themselves through traffic on a carefully mapped, closed loop. May Mobility’s shuttles will replace diesel buses that Bedrock had been using to connect its offices.

Self-driving vehicles and mobility services may be able to transform the landscape of cities to be greener and more vibrant but there are still obstacles to overcome. Each vehicle, while autonomous, has a safety conductor inside to provide personal interaction with the passenger and respond to emergency situations if necessary. Castle explains that May Mobility’s vehicles use triple redundancy for operation to provide a safe comfortable experience and plan to be in 10 cities by the end of 2019.

Castle encouraged engineering students to research the company and apply if they are looking to join an exciting organization that is a trailblazer in the market. “Our engineers map every route down to the bumps in the road. I challenge you to look up May Mobility and see what we’re about.”

For more visit May Mobility

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