Take a look inside University of Michigan’s new Ford Motor Co. robotics complex
An aerial view of the Ford Robotics Building at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich.ANN ARBOR – University of Michigan and Ford Motor Co. are opening a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to developing robots and roboticists. The Ford Motor Company Robotics Building is on U-M’s North Campus. The building’s fourth floor holds a robotics and mobility research lab for Ford -- the first on any university campus, as well as 100 Ford engineers and researchers. AdA workspace in the Ford Robotics Building at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. The atrium of the Ford Robotics Building at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Majority of riders felt safe in U-M’s driverless shuttles, study reveals
ANN ARBOR – Riders and nonriders of the driverless shuttles on University of Michigan’s North Campus had a high level of trust in the vehicles, according to a report my Mcity. Regardless of their feedback for improving the shuttle, riders were very satisfied with their driverless shuttle experience. On a scale from 1-10 with 10 being “truly exceptional,” riders rated their experience a 7.87 (mean), and 75% said they would be willing to ride the driverless shuttle again. A vast majority of riders, 86%, stated post-ride that they trusted the Mcity Driverless Shuttle; as did 67% of nonriders surveyed, including pedestrians, bicyclists and other vehicle drivers. Slow speeds and limited on-route stops did not make the Mcity Driverless Shuttle a practical alternative to riders' daily transportation challenges.
TheRide seeks public input for its long-range transit plan in Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area
(Credit: Meredith Bruckner)ANN ARBOR - The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, or TheRide, is seeking community input to help shape the future of its long-range public transportation plan, which is now in development. According to TheRide, the long-range public transportation plan in the greater Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area will use public input to:Create a vision for public transit in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti areaGuide and prioritize investments for the public transit network in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti areaCreate a disciplined approach to achieve the goals outlined by TheRide's board of directorsCoordinate efforts with other transportation projects and plans throughout the regionTheRide is hosting a series of public meetings through Nov. 11. "This input, along with feedback from key stakeholders, will be used to shape future public transit services." What role do you see innovation and technology having in changing your interaction with public transit? All About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.