Gainesville, US is piloting AVs
In partnership with the University of Florida and public transit giant Transdev, Gainesville plans to launch a driverless shuttle service in 2018. Named in honor of the University of Florida’s mascot, GAToRS (Gainesville Autonomous Transit Service) will transport students between the campus and downtown Gainesville. The service will run daily from Monday to Friday during the three-year pilot. Funding comes from the Florida Department of Transportation via a $2.7 million grant.
This marks the first AV project in North America for Transdev, one of the world’s largest transit operators, which currently operates driverless shuttle systems at a business park in Rotterdam and at a nuclear power station in Civaux, France. The company’s North American arm runs some 200-plus systems and takes in more than $3 billion in annual revenues. According to reports, the company plans to manufacture its own vehicle for the project.