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April 3, 2024

MSU Mobility launches autonomous bus naming contest

Winner receives free campus use of Spin scooter for a year

MSU's new electric autonomous bus
MSU's new electric autonomous bus is expected to arrive on campus this spring and take passengers in the fall. Details about the route will be made public later this year. 

Michigan State University Mobility launched Wednesday, April 3 a naming contest for a new electric autonomous bus that's expected to arrive on campus this spring.

Those who enter are encouraged to submit names online that are catchy, creative, futuristic and uniquely MSU. No purchase is necessary. There are two phases to the contest. 

  • Phase 1: From April 3-17, current MSU students (with a valid email address) can each submit up to three names online. 
  • Phase 2: After an MSU Mobility committee narrows down the list of student entries to four potential names, non-students (general public) can submit up to three names per person from May 1-15.

All bus names must be submitted online at the following address:

A contest winner is expected to be announced on Tuesday, May 21. The winner will receive free use of a Spin scooter on MSU's campus for a year and see their winning bus name featured prominently on the bus.

For more details, check out MSU's institutional and news social media account pages on X (formerly known as Twitter) and Instagram. 

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Other bus details

MSU's new autonomous bus will have 22 seats and is expected to take passengers in the fall after a series of tests and certifications. 

It will be complaint with federal motor vehicle safety standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The bus will also be compliant with the Buy American Act. 

Additionally, the bus will feature an automatic ramp and fully automatic wheelchair securement station. The bus route will be announced at a later date. 

About MSU Mobility

MSU has transformed its 5,200-acre campus into a live, connected ecosystem to advance smart-vehicle technology and better understand the human element.

With a range of urban, suburban, industrial and rural zones, featuring nearly 60 lane miles of roads, MSU Mobility’s controlled infrastructure and active campus make it ideal to test emerging technologies for new mobility solutions.

Additionally, MSU offers a strong mobility talent pool, with more than 75% of engineering students remaining in the Midwest following graduation and nearly 60% being employed in Michigan. Learn more about the university’s ecosystem approach and Mobility at MSU.

Story courtesy of MSU Mobility and MSU Today.