Will a self-driving car be able to get over for an emergency vehicle racing to a fire or car crash? Self-driving cars were put to the test in Ann Arbor on Monday morning.
May Mobility – a self-driving transportation service that shuttles passengers throughout Ann Arbor – tested their vehicles’ ability to detect sirens from emergency vehicles with help from the city’s first responders.
“We prioritize safety first and foremost and having good interactions with emergency vehicles is part of that,” said May Mobility spokesperson Brittany Lockard. “... This most recent testing in Ann Arbor was part of our ongoing work to ensure that when our vehicles are truly driverless they will continue to be good road users.”
While issues with other companies’ self driving vehicles interfering with emergency services have been reported across the country, Lockard said she is not aware of any issues between the May Mobility’s vehicles and first responders in Ann Arbor.