May Mobility, Via announce partnership to integrate on-demand AVs into public transit

Nov. 19, 2020
The companies are launching services in multiple cities beginning in 2021.

May Mobility and Via have partnered to extend May Mobility’s reach into on-demand mobility as it expands its shuttle operations to new cities in 2021.

May Mobility and Via will launch a first-of-its-kind autonomous vehicle (AV) platform that integrates on-demand shared rides, public transportation and transit options for passengers with accessibility needs, all as part of one complete service offering.

The partnership

May Mobility will adopt Via’s autonomous fleet platform to power booking, routing, passenger and vehicle assignment and identification, customer experience and fleet management as part of its new transit solution for future autonomous vehicle deployments.

The long-term strategy involves integrating Via’s technology into May Mobility’s existing platform for AVs and will support May Mobility with the launch of complex and flexible use cases for self-driving vehicles, including on-demand, dynamically routed shared transit services.

The vision

For self-driving vehicles to reach their full potential as part of large-scale transit networks, they must be on-demand, optimally routed and shared by multiple passengers. Efficient utilization of self-driving vehicles will relieve congestion, improve environmental sustainability and reduce operating costs for transit providers, while expanding transportation options for consumers.

May Mobility and Via both have a goal to provide a full-scale solution as municipalities, public transit authorities, universities, hospitals and organizations seek to understand how AV transit systems can strengthen transit and inclusive mobility in communities across the United States.

“Partnering with Via is the natural next step for May Mobility as we work to integrate our shuttle operations with existing public transportation in more cities in 2021,” said Edwin Olson, founder and CEO of May Mobility. “Offering on-demand service will help us make progress toward our vision of a world where self-driving systems increase the reliability of transportation, make roads safer and encourage better land use in order to foster more green, vibrant and livable spaces.”

"Our partnership with May Mobility is the next step in Via's vision to use technology to expand access to public transit across the globe," said Via CEO and co-founder Daniel Ramot. "When autonomous vehicles are efficiently shared and on-demand, they are a solution that municipalities can use to strengthen and complement their existing transit networks, ushering in a new generation of flexible mobility offerings."


The partners will introduce their first service available to the public in Arlington, Texas, in partnership with the city of Arlington and University of Texas at Arlington.

Supported by a $1.7-million grant from the Federal Transit Administration’s Integrated Mobility Innovation Program to the city of Arlington, the partners will incorporate autonomous vehicles into Via’s existing on-demand public transit service in the city.

The one-year pilot program, called Arlington RAPID (Rideshare, Automation and Payment Integration Demonstration), is expected to launch for the public in March 2021. The pilot will serve downtown Arlington and the University of Texas at Arlington campus, providing students and faculty with free rides during the test phase, all integrated into the same Via app currently used for on-demand public transit.

Beyond Arlington, the partners plan to expand access to full-scale autonomous transit networks in coordination and partnership with public transit systems in several locations across the U.S. in 2021.