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Capital Metro demos robot buses

Thursday, July 26, 2018 by Ryan Young

With robot buses now rolling around downtown streets, it looks like the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority will soon be the proud owners of the first autonomous vehicle fleet in Austin. The small shuttle buses – perhaps better described as “pods” – will fit several people each and make trips between the Central Library and the Austin Convention Center, stopping at Republic Square and other destinations along a 1.2-mile loop. Capital Metro, through its operating partner RATP Dev, is currently testing autonomous vehicles from two manufacturers, EasyMile and Navya – you may have already seen the blue “autonomous vehicle testing” signs downtown. The agency will evaluate autonomous vehicles from both vendors and acquire a fleet of six before the 12-month public pilot that is expected to begin later this fall. Capital Metro says the autonomous buses will run every 5 to 7 minutes, but operating days, service hours and the branding of the new service have yet to be decided.

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