Chamblee, US is preparing
In 2017, Chamblee, Ga. (pop: 28,000) began exploring the possibility of a shared autonomous vehicle pilot to provide first/last mile connections at the city’s MARTA rail station. The $45,000 study is being conducted by Stantec, an engineering firm, whose Urban Studio is engaged in several AV projects throughout North America. A draft of the completed feasibility study, which involved community group discussions and an online survey was adopted by city council in March 2018, and proposes a number of possible driverless shuttle routes serving the city’s main throughway of Peachtree Road, including employers such as the Center for Disease Control, Internal Revenue Service, and the Peachtree-Dekalb Airport. Key findings include an estimated operating cost of $12,000 to $14,000 per month per vehicle, some 70 percent less than conventional human-driven, full-size buses on the same routes.