Arlington, TX undertakes a pilot of multiple technologies for food bank delivery services
Arlington received a U.S. Department of Energy grant for a two-year pilot of autonomous food deliveries. Extensive outreach efforts and route planning will precede two demonstration periods of up to four weeks each in East Arlington. Three hundred boxes of food from Tarrant Area Food Bank will be delivered using an Aerialoop ALT6-4 VTOL Delivery Drone and a CLEVON 1 delivery robot. Project leaders will use the Airspace Link AirHub Portal for drone management and route analytics.
San Francisco, CA connects commuters to Treasure Island locations with its autonomous shuttle pilot
The nine-month Loop pilot operates two Beep self-driving shuttles on a route through central Treasure Island. Commuters ride for free and the seven-stop route starts and stops at Ship Shape Community Center. The Loop runs seven days a week from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm with stops serviced every 20 minutes. Local officials are evaluating if autonomous shuttles complement the existing Muni 25 bus line, function well in daily traffic, and serve commuter needs.
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Altamonte Springs, FL introduces autonomous shuttle service in Upper Altamonte with CraneRIDES pilot
Florida-based Beep will operate two autonomous shuttles on a 1.5-mile route during the pilot's first year. Commuters in Upper Altamonte board at four locations including Altamonte Mall and the Renaissance Center. Each shuttle has a maximum speed of 15 miles per hour and operates seven days a week. The three-year pilot co-funded by the state's Department of Transportation will double the fleet in the second year and expand services to the city's SunRail Station.
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Orlando, FL tests Beep's autonomous shuttles in effort to expand public transit options
Orlando and the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority will test two Beep shuttles during an eight-month pilot. The self-driving shuttles travel up to 18 miles per hour with a capacity for up to 10 passengers. The pilot takes place on an existing bus rapid transit route with autonomous buses operating daily during non-peak hours. City officials approved $500,000 for the project including fare-free rides for commuters.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.