MSU Autonomous Bus

Fri, November 5, 2021 10:30 AM - Fri, November 5, 2021 11:30 AM at the charging station parking lot on Farm Lane opposite the MSU Pavilion.

Michigan State University introduced an electric autonomous bus — the Karsan Autonomous e-ATAK bus — that will serve students, staff, faculty and visitors beginning early 2022 as part of the campus’ smart mobility ecosystem. The bus represents one of the largest electric autonomous transit vehicles to be deployed on U.S. roadways to date.

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Through its collaboration with the Michigan Office of Mobility and Electrification, bus manufacturer Karsan and ADASTEC, a San Francisco-based company delivering advanced automated transportation platforms for full size commercial vehicles, MSU will officially deploy the bus after completing intense on-campus testing and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration validation of the bus, route and infrastructure.

Autonomous Bus Fact Sheet

Autonomous Bus Press Release

This event featured:

  • A variety of speakers explaining the significance of MSU’s new electric autonomous bus and what it means for the future of the campus and mobility in general. Speakers included:
    • Samuel Stanley Jr., M.D., MSU President
    • Satish Udpa, Interim Director of MSU Mobility and University Distinguished Professor of electrical and computer engineering
    • Trevor Pawl, Chief Mobility Officer for the state of Michigan
    • Dr. Ali Peker, CEO of ADASTEC
    • Tabby Basha, MSU Broad College of Business freshman
  • Tours of the bus

  • MSU Mobility Faculty Research Overviews (click here)
  • Contacts for Industry partnerships: Satish Udpa (email) and Brice Nelson (email)