Houston, US is piloting AVs
Houston’s Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) has chosen Texas Southern University as the city’s first test bed for a self-driving pilot. METRO’S board approved a $250,000 budget for the first phase of the trial slated to begin in the Fall of 2018. On top of standard safety tests that METRO will be conducting, they are also exploring workforce development opportunities for the shuttle’s operators, according to METRO’s Chief Innovation Officer Kimberly Williams on Houston Public Media,
The partnership will be banking on the expertise of TSU’s Center for Transportation Research when the vehicles begin operation on mile-long Tiger Walk with intentions to run until the end of the year. Partners include the City of Houston, Houston-Galveston Area Council, and the Texas DOT. If successful plans are to extend self-driving shuttle as first/last mile connection to MetroRail and the Eastwood Transit Center.