Texas University Launches Autonomous Shuttle Pilot

Photo courtesy of First Transit

Metro Houston and Texas Southern University (TSU) have launched a shared autonomous vehicle (SAV) pilot with First Transit.

Metro Houston is introducing the University District Circulator on the campus of TSU. An EasyMile shared autonomous vehicle shuttle will travel on a one-mile pedestrian walking loop, providing connection to multiple points and buildings on campus for students and faculty. The shuttle can carry up to 12 passengers and is designed to travel using a pre-programmed route. It is equipped with a sensor and intelligent vehicle system to detect obstacles and avoid collisions.

First Transit is providing onboard customer service agents for the SAV passenger shuttles, system and project management, and maintenance operations.

The University District Circulator pilot will operate during fixed hours and is open to university students, staff, and visitors. Everyone is required to sign a consent form before riding.

This is the eighth SAV initiative for First Transit.

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