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Driverless shuttles start carrying passengers in Ann Arbor

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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.  

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