Mobility for all: Toyota Mobility Foundation with free self-service in Indianapolis
The Toyota Mobility Foundation has joined forces with May Mobility to start the initiative “Togheter in Motion“, and, facilitate mobility through innovation. The objective is the sustainable development of cities in the efficient movement of people and goods.
The test of mobility innovations is an initiative that brings together stakeholders such as the Toyota Mobility Foundation and , May Mobility, a leader in autonomous vehicle technology and transport operations.
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The launch of the free service initiative was made last month in Indianapolis and will be available in the city center. This autonomous transport service supports the United Nations and wants to become a mobility network accessible to all.
The city was chosen for having strong partnerships with the Power Systems Network and local communities.
Together in Motion” is a part of the initiative that runs until November 2021 and will make available to the public five Lexus RX 450h vehicles, with autonomous driving, and a Polaris GEM bus with wheelchair access. It’s all equipped with standalone May Mobility technology.
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The locations are identified with a sign that provides directions. Through a QR code, passengers are taken to the Togheter in Motion website and can learn about mobility technology.
Buses run at intervals of 10 to 15 minutes and , passengers can plan their trips on Google Maps, as well as see live the location of the bus.
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The initiative supports the implementation of different types of mobility and solutions to meet the transport needs of local communities. It also allows us to understand the change in the ecosystems that surround these needs, for a possible expansion to other places. This human-centered approach facilitates the implementation of valued activities and the commercialization of a range of cooperative options.
At launch, May Mobility provided Indianapolis residents and, Indy 500 (guests of the week), free 10-minute rides along a special demo route near the Indiana Statehouse. Another 60 participants tried out the AV transport service in a Lexus RX 450h with autonomous technology.