Apr 3, 2024 - News

Our new autonomous shuttle

A map showing the 10.8-mile autonomous shuttle loop that the city and partners plan to pilot starting this summer.

The 10.8-mile autonomous shuttle loop the city and partners plan to pilot starting this summer. Map: Courtesy of the city of Detroit

A yearlong, autonomous shuttle program will start late this summer, running from Michigan Central in Corktown to the east riverfront.

The big picture: The Connect shuttle, which will be free and public, is a $1.5 million partnership among the city, Bedrock, Ford's Michigan Central and the state's mobility office to explore advances in urban mobility, per a news release.

  • The number of shuttle stops isn't yet set.

Between the lines: The program will use four electric Ford E-Transit vans with wheelchair accessibility, a pre-programmed route using AV software and a vehicle operator behind the wheel.

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