Grand Rapids Autonomous Vehicle Initiative #AVGR

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Safety is May Mobility’s priority, which is why we have decided to suspend our public service in Grand Rapids starting Monday, March 16th. We will continue to keep the community informed as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves. Stay safe, everyone.

Read the full May Mobility statement here(PDF, 63KB).



The Grand Rapids Autonomous Vehicle Initiative (AVGR) brings four electric shuttles to downtown streets this summer for a year pilot. The six-seat shuttles are here through summer 2020. The shuttles are self-driving. However, they’ll always have an attendant when they’re on our streets.

New Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday: 7 am - 7 pm

Saturday & Sunday: No service

The Route

The May Mobility shuttles will follow the existing DASH West Route

Utilizing this route connects both sides of the river in a thoughtful and intentional way, building a stronger community through mobility and the places that make our city great.


AVGR is free for riders. 

There is limited seating for 5 so it's first come, first served.

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday: 7 am - 7 pm

Saturday & Sunday: No service

Wait Time

An AVGR vehicle (May Mobility) is at each stop every 20 minutes.

DASH buses arrive at each stop every 8 minutes.


Each vehicle will have an attendant. The fleet attendants are on board to monitor the vehicle and intervene if there should be a need to do so. Additionally, they are present to help answer your questions and provide feedback that helps improve the service.


Every stop is marked with a Pink DASH logo sign and an information detailing the hours of operation.


  •  All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.
  •  Babies, toddlers, and young children may only ride if their adult guardian has the appropriate safety seat available
  •  Child Safety Seats are to be provided and properly installed by the guardian of the child.

Safety Seat Requirements


All infants and toddlers should ride in a secure rear-facing car safety seat.


All children who have outgrown the rear-facing weight or height limit for their car safety seat should use a forward-facing car safety seat with a harness.


All children whose weight or height is above the forward-facing limit for their car safety seat should use a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle lap and shoulder seat belt fits properly, typically when they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height and are between 8 and 12 years of age.


When children are old enough and large enough to use the vehicle seat belt alone, they should always use lap and shoulder seat belts for optimal protection.

All children younger than age 13 should be restrained in the rear seats of vehicles for optimal protection.

Get Involved 

  1. Ride the AVGR shuttle 
  2. Share your trip on social media
  3. Tag #AVGR 
  4. Or use #AVGR for all your shuttle sightings

About the Vehicles

An autonomous vehicle can navigate itself without a human. Autonomous vehicles are more commonly known as a self-driving vehicles.

How It Works

May Mobility uses unique technology to collect data from the shuttle each time it is on the road. This improves the shuttle by giving it the ability to “think” on the road and grow smarter.

Why Do We Need Autonomous Vehicles in Grand Rapids?

Understanding how autonomous mobility will operate in our world and how our world will utilize or adapt to autonomous mobility is essential to making these systems accessible to people of all backgrounds and abilities.

We’ve made our autonomous shuttles accessible to more riders

 We introduced autonomous shuttles to you last summer. Since then, we’ve made a few changes to ensure more people in our community can ride them. The enhancements are:

  •  A wheelchair-accessible shuttle is available on demand
  • Vehicle attendants announce stops along the route when requested. This is to help individuals who have visual or hearing impairments.

Call 855.351.4544 for an accessible AVGR shuttle

Call 855.351.4544 for an on-demand accessible shuttle to pick you up at an AVGR stop.  

The DASH buses currently on the DASH West route are ADA accessible.


There’s limited floor space for bags and carry-on items and there is no trunk for additional storage.

Bike Racks

There are no bike racks on the AVGR vehicles but DASH buses can accommodate bicycles on the front of the buses.

Prohibited Activities

  • Animals - Only certified service animals are allowed on AVGR vehicles
  • Eating and Drinking - There is no eating or drinking allowed on the AVGR vehicles
  • Smoking - There are no tobacco products or vaping, smoking allowed on the AVGR vehicles
  • Alcohol - Alcohol products are not allowed on the AVGR vehicles

Park and Ride 


The Grand Rapids Autonomous Vehicle Initiative is a partnership of organizations that design and build the environments we live, work and move in every day. This pilot program is a partnership between:

City of Grand Rapids

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Consumers Energy






May Mobility

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PlanetM/Michigan Economic Development Corporation

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Rockford Construction

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Start Garden

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Together, they will operate and monitor autonomous vehicles on the streets of Grand Rapids.

About May Mobility

May Mobility is an Ann Arbor-based company that is:

  • Focusing on safe, reliable and accessible transportation services
  • Improving congestion and converting cities into green, vibrant and livable spaces
  • Measuring success by driving meaningful outcomes in the world