Self-driving shuttles to hit the streets of Columbus, OH | Smart Cities Dive
Columbus, OH has partnered with May Mobility, an Ann Arbor, MI-based autonomous vehicle (AV) startup, to roll out self-driving shuttles in the city as part of an initiative with Smart Columbus and DriveOhio.
The all-electric shuttles, which can travel up to 25 mph, are equipped with a panoramic glass roof and a 49-inch digital display that provides riders with system and route information. Each shuttle has six seats and is staffed with a human "fleet attendant" who oversees the operation of the vehicle and can take control at any time.
To start, the shuttles will run without passengers while the proposed route along the downtown Scioto Mile loop is tested and mapped. The shuttles will begin accepting passengers in December, and the city plans to eventually deploy shuttles along other routes as well.
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