An initial testing phase begins today. Autonomous buses from a few different companies will be evaluated for street performance, safety, and efficiency along 3rd Street downtown. Autonomous vehicle manufacturers will then be able to submit proposals for CapMetro to lease six vehicles for the pilot program.
During the pilot, CapMetro will be collecting data about customer experience, safety, and the public’s perception of autonomous vehicles. It’s all part of a larger effort aimed at making Austin a leader in the adoption of shared, electric, and autonomous vehicles.
“Capital Metro wants to lead the charge – to be among the first transit agencies in the United States to showcase this technology to our ‘smart’ city. I believe this will be the largest public AV bus pilot in the country.” said Randy Clarke, Capital Metro’s president/CEO, in a press release. “This is an amazing opportunity to better connect our customers and community while also shaping the future of transportation.”