Driverless Shuttle to Begin Service in Downtown Las Vegas
After a successful pilot period back in January 2017, a driverless shuttle is ready to begin service on Fremont East in downtown Las Vegas.
While an official announcement hasn’t been made yet, the self-driving, autonomous shuttle is expected to begin operation on Nov. 8, 2017.
The shuttle service will be free.
The driverless shuttle is the first of its kind to be deployed on a public roadway in the country.
Unlike during the shuttle’s test run in January, it will not only move passengers between Flippin’ Good restaurant and the Downtown Container Park, it will loop over to E. Carson Ave., with a stop outside Donut Bar.
Previously, a lane of traffic was blocked off for the shuttle, but when it goes live this time, it will maneuver in traffic.
The shuttle is battery-operated and carries about 15 people.
Judging by the wrap on the vehicle, the shuttle service is sponsored by AAA.
Here’s a look at the shuttle in action during its pilot period earlier this year.
Expect some hooplah around the launch of the driverless shuttle program in the days to come.