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Detroit’s Self-Driving Future

Detroit's Self-Driving Future



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Shifting Gears

The City of Detroit’s Office of Mobility Innovation (OMI) is engaging with Detroit residents to understand how self-driving vehicles can best meet their needs. OMI’s overarching mission is to expand and improve transportation options for all Detroiters, recognizing that accessible transportation provides pathways to opportunity in Detroit.

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What's Happening Now

OMI wants to hear your thoughts about self-driving vehicles. This engagement initiative will help the OMI team imagine ways new technology can improve transportation options for Detroit residents. Classic modes of transportation, including personal cars, Uber/Lyft (and other rideshares), public transportation, shuttles, and delivery services, can be reimagined. As we engage with one another through this initiative, OMI commits to placing the following values at the heart of our work: mobility equity, accessibility, and transparency.


Self-driving personal cars are not the only type of self-driving vehicle. This technology is already being deployed in cities across the United States, and is incorporated in shuttles, delivery robots, and rideshares

Self-Driving Vehicle Examples



Imagine the public transportation options available today: Bus Routes, Shuttles, Paratransit. These vehicles all have the potential to be self-driving, lowering costs and increasing the efficiency of our existing systems.



You may have seen these robots roaming the streets and sidewalks of Detroit already through pilots currently underway. These robots can expand delivery options for food and other goods in the years to come.



Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft also have the potential to become self-driving. They would be able to pick you up and bring you to your destination just like a driver could. This technology could make these services more affordable and accessible in the future.


How can I get involved?

Over the next few months, there will be opportunities to participate. Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Fill out our Survey

  • Get the word out by sharing this project with your neighbors, family, and friends

  • Subscribe to this project for email updates

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