Public gets look at autonomous, flying cars at Detroit Moves exhibit


The future of mobility is on display in downtown Detroit, with live demonstrations at the Detroit Moves exhibit sponsored by Quicken Loans Inc.

The event, which runs through Sunday, will showcase innovative mobility technology that is being created in Michigan, coinciding with the Technology in Motion conference presented by Detroit-based Crain Communications Inc. and Detroit-based MSX International Inc.

The outdoor exposition is taking place at the Spirit of Detroit Plaza, Campus Martius and Woodward Avenue Esplanade. The free public event also features art, music and food trucks.

On display at the Spirit Plaza is a self-driving shuttle introduced by Ann Arbor-based May Mobility Inc., a flying car produced by Canton-based Detroit Flying Cars LLC, an autonomous vehicle by Michigan State University College of Engineering and bicycles from Detroit-based Detroit Bikes LLC, among other innovative mobility technologies.

Next month, May Mobility will pilot an autonomous shuttle to transport Bedrock LLC staff to and from a parking garage and company-owned building. CEO Edwin Olson discusses some of its safety features below.

May Mobility CEO Edwin Olson gives a safety rundown of the self-driving car set to cruise downtown in a shuttle pilot Oct 9-13 #DetroitMoves

— Tyler Clifford (@_TylerTheTyler_) September 8, 2017

Detroit Flying Cars, founded by engineer Sanjay Dhall, has spent the past two years building its “WD1” prototype. Dhall hopes to begin testing the flying car next summer. Product designer Nathaniel Jachim runs down its features.

Some are building self driving cars, but Detroit Flying Cars are building, well, flying cars. Nate shows it off at #DetroitMoves downtown

— Tyler Clifford (@_TylerTheTyler_) September 8, 2017

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