Arlington, US is piloting AVs
Arlington, Texas is home to a major General Motors SUV assembly plant, and residents have rejected mass transit in the past. Today, however, city officials are hopeful AV technology could change the equation and drive mobility innovation for this city of nearly 400,000. A September 2017 transportation vision, Connect Arlington, called for the use of driverless shuttles as favor long-term solutions for congestion on a number of key road corridors in the city.
Those recommendations came hot on the heels of the launch of a one-year pilot program employing two leased Easymile EZ10 shuttles in the city’s Entertainment District. This program made Arlington the first municipal government in the United States to offer autonomous shuttle rides to the general public on a continuous basis. The shuttles carry passengers on a fixed 13-minute journey on a paved trail through a linear riverfront city park. The Milo Shuttle program is scheduled to last until mid-2018.