Knoxville, US is piloting AVs

Knoxville is emerging as a testbed for connected and autonomous vehicles thanks to a cluster of resources that includes startup GRIDSMART Technologies, a 3-d printing ‘microfactory’ operated by startup automaker Local Motors, the University of Tennessee, and the nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

In 2018, the city’s convention and visitors Bureau, Visit Knoxville, hopes to begin operations of a driverless shuttle pilot on a downtown loop serving popular tourist venues. Employing Local Motors eight-passenger Olli shuttles, the route would stop at venues such as the 1982 World’s Fair Park, Chilhowee Park and the Exposition Center.

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