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Self-Driving Shuttles Try Virus-Killing UV Rays to Assure Riders

  • Voyage and May Mobility putting light emitters in their AVs
  • Ambulances already use the devices to kill viruses, bacteria

A pair of self-driving car startups are offering a solution to commuters shunning shared transportation in the midst of a pandemic: ultraviolet rays.

Voyage and May Mobility, two autonomous-vehicle companies that charge riders to go on simple, specialized routes, are putting UV-light emitters in their shuttles to help keep their services running. The rays are already used in ambulances and can destroy viruses, fungus and bacteria between rides.