Cary, NC evaluates Connected Autonomous Shuttle Supporting Innovation at Bond Park
Town officials partnered with the North Carolina Department of Transportation on the three-month CASSI pilot. An eight-seat, all-electric Navya shuttle completes four stops between the Community Center and the Senior Center each weekday. The CASSI operates at a maximum speed of 12 miles per hour. Autonomous operation is made possible by using LiDAR, GPS, and live video footage with an onboard attendant available for manual operation if necessary.
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, GB purchases autonomous shuttle for real-world testing
Council officials acquired an Aurrigo Auto-Shuttle for an 18-month pilot on local roads. The 10-seat, all-electric shuttle uses onboard sensors for safe operation in traffic. The trial started with free trips for locals on a one-mile route starting from the National Exhibition Centre. Solihull later tested the Auto-Shuttle on a route around Birmingham Airport. The council plans two fixed routes served by autonomous vehicles and overseen by a regional Remote Monitoring Teleoperation facility.
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, GB
Milton Keynes Council, GB trials applications of drone technology for public and private services
Milton Keynes, Cranfield University, and Westcott DronePort are testing drone collaboration with autonomous vehicles and human-led services. Drones will conduct building inspections and traffic monitoring tasks typically completed by council staff. The pilot tests better methods for keeping packages away from thieves and delivering medical supplies in emergency situations. Council officials received £1 million in national funds for pilot development.
Milton Keynes Council, GB
Seattle, WA introduces Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit for road tests of self-driving technology
The new permitting process requires advance notification of vehicle testing by automakers and tech firms. Permit applicants supply proof of insurance, histories of past collisions or moving violations, and contact information to the city. Self-driving vehicles used in testing must have human observers on board and display company logos. Each applicant must also host two community outreach events explaining safety precautions before their permit is issued.
Detroit, MI leads Michigan Mobility Collaborative into a pilot of autonomous driving systems
The city-led collaborative received a federal grant for the four-year project. Feedback sessions with seniors and commuters with disabilities will identify opportunities for self-driving shuttle use in public transit. Researchers at the American Center for Mobility and the University of Michigan will test selected technology before its use in real-world routes. The Detroit ADS Project will determine how autonomous shuttles can be safely incorporated into Detroit's transit system.
Järfälla, SE converts its fixed-route autonomous shuttle pilot into a permanent on-demand service
Municipal leaders began the Res i Barkarby pilot with transit operators SL and Nobina in 2018. Electric shuttle rides followed pre-programmed paths to 30 transit stops in the Barkarbystaden. Commuters can now request rides in the same service area using a dedicated mobile app. Res i Barkarby operates seven days a week with passenger pick-ups completed in about 10 minutes. Transit routing software identifies the most efficient routes based on current traffic and rider destinations.
White Bear Lake, MN works with state officials on Bear Tracks autonomous vehicle shuttle pilot
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is funding the one-year self-driving shuttle pilot. AECOM will use an all-electric, 11-seat Navya Autonom Shuttle for the program. Commuters can stop at four locations on the 1.5-mile route including Phoenix Alternatives, two senior apartments, and the local YMCA. Bear Tracks operates for free Monday through Friday. The pilot fills a gap in local transit and generates data for autonomous vehicle use throughout the state.
White Bear Lake, MN
Trenton, NJ MOVES project will deploy 100 fully-electric autonomous mini-buses for public transit
The city of Trenton is developing the Trenton Mobility & Opportunity: Vehicles Equity System (MOVES) project which aims to deploy 100 autonomous vehicles to improve transportation services. Through the MOVES project, riders will have access to fully-electric, autonomous mini-buses through a smartphone app or from one of 60 kiosks installed across the city. During the first couple years, hosts will be onboard the mini-buses to assist passengers and serve as backup drivers in case of emergencies.
Cambridgeshire County Council, GB and Starship pilot autonomous robots for grocery deliveries
Residents in Lower and Upper Cambourne request deliveries from their local co-op on the Starship app. Delivery robots are entirely powered by electricity and use sensors for accurate navigation during their journeys. The app offers real-time tracking and instructions on how to retrieve orders upon arrival. Local officials and Starship will use lessons from the 5,000-home pilot zone as they consider countywide expansion in the future.
Cambridgeshire County Council, GB
Coventry City Council, GB Project SAVOR tests autonomous vehicles in city center traffic
Project SAVOR consisted of two weeks of real-world autonomous vehicle testing. A Ford Ranger and a Nissan ENV200 were equipped with Conigital's ConiCAV system for Gosford Street trips. Remote operators monitored vehicle performance through challenges like a diamond interchange. Each vehicle also had a driver on board in case of technical problems. Project partners Coventry University and Applus IDIADA are evaluating how the city can support autonomous driving in the future.
Coventry City Council, GB
Gold Coast, QLD evaluates autonomous vehicle performance with Smart Shuttle Trial at Main Beach
An EasyMile autonomous shuttle operates on a 2.4-kilometer route centered on Main Beach. The six-passenger vehicle travels up to 18 kilometers per hour and serves seven stops. Commuters can ride the Smart Shuttle for free every day from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm through December 2022. Safety measures include roadside signage indicating the pilot area and an onboard operator. Gold Coast and the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ) will compare pilot results with previous RACQ trials.
Gold Coast, QLD
Plymouth City Council, GB improves marine plastic waste collection with autonomous WasteSharks
Initial deployment at the Turnchapel Wharf will expand to the Plymouth Sound during the pilot. The all-electric robots gather up to 43 gallons of waste per trip with a per-charge range of three kilometers. University of Plymouth researchers gather WasteShark data on waste volumes and types. Local officials plan naming and design competitions to engage area residents. Plymouth is working with Marine AI and MSUBS on vehicle improvements for targeted waste collection.
Plymouth City Council, GB