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Driverless shuttles start carrying passengers in Ann Arbor

driverless shuttle bus
Tyler Scott
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Michigan Radio
Two driverless shuttles owned by the University of Michigan launched today in Ann Arbor. They run on a one-mile loop around U of M’s north campus. ";

Ann Arbor residents may see some unusual vehicles driving around the University of Michigan's north campus starting today.

There’s one thing missing: a driver.

The two driverless shuttles will run on roughly one-mile loop and have a conductor on board in case anything goes wrong.

The 11-passenger shuttles are part of a research project from M-City, a public-private partnership with U-M that develops driverless technology.  

Researchers placed cameras onboard to study how passengers and pedestrians will respond to seeing them on the road.

The free shuttles will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays.  

Lauren Talley is Michigan Radio’s Morning Edition producer. She produces and edits studio interviews and feature stories, and helps manage the “Mornings in Michigan” series. Lauren also serves as the lead substitute host for Morning Edition.
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