Self-Driving Buses Pave the Way for Self-driving Vehicles in Central Florida
LAKE NONA, FL – According to an online news report at wmfe.org, the community of Lake Nona has released a duo of self-driving shuttles this week, which paves the way for self-driving vehicles in Central Florida.*
The two buses, owned and operated by the company Beep, will follow a fixed route from Pixon to Village Center.
The autonomous vehicles will operate by using GPS technology and sensors that enable them to navigate around obstacles and a variety of different traffic conditions. The CEO of Beep notes that the shuttle buses are aimed to improve the quality of life for local citizens and those who commute to help create a pedestrian-friendly community in Lake Nona. “The ultimate goal is to dramatically improve that access and provide a safe and secure means of getting around the community without having to utilize your car,” he noted.
The buses will have an attendant, and emergency personnel have already been trained to face a number of different scenarios, from medical emergencies to having to clear the shuttles off of the road. “Whatever might cause the first responders to have to engage, we wanted to make sure they were comfortable with and familiar with the technology, you know. So, that formal training took place over a three day period recently,” the CEO noted.
The shuttles are free of charge, can handle a capacity of up to eleven passengers, and go no faster than fifteen miles per hour.
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Source:https://www.wmfe.org/self-driving-buses-debut-in-lake-nona/136286 and https://www.go-beep.com/
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