Houston to launch autonomous shuttle pilot program

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Metro) has approved its first pilot program for autonomous shuttle service in Houston. The $250,000 pilot will take place on a mile-long route at the Texas Southern University campus but could expand to other parts of the city and connect with other transit options if deemed successful.

The driverless shuttles are expected to be the size of small buses, travel at about 12 miles per hour and will have a backup driver on board at all times for safety.

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