The METRO Board of Directors today approved a pilot project that would test a self-driving vehicle on the campus of Texas Southern University.
The autonomous vehicle will drive itself at speeds of 8 to 12 miles an hour. It will travel up and down the mile-long Tiger Walk on the TSU campus. An operator will be on board at all times. The vehicle will look like a mini-van and will be similar to those used in Las Vegas and Arlington at AT&T Stadium.
The METRO board voted to spend up to $250,000 for the first phase. The pilot will help METRO study how to improve the first and last mile connections. If successful, start looking for autonomous vehicles connecting with the Purple Line and the Eastwood Transit Center.
METRO was a partner in the Texas AV Proving Grounds Partnership which was selected as one of 10 pilot sites by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
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