San Antonio, US is piloting AVs
San Antonio, Texas’s second largest city, is one of the fastest-growing cities getting a head start on AVs. With a population that is expected to nearly double by 2040, the city is eagerly looking for alternatives to single-passenger vehicles. San Antonio is one of five key municipal partners in the Texas AV Proving Grounds Partnership, itself part of a network of 10 regions designated by the US federal government in January 2017 as Automated Vehicle Proving Grounds.
Future AV pilots will focus connecting the booming downtown’s South Texas Medical Center corridor along Fredericksburg Road. Key goals include extending and improving safety on the 12-mile, 12,000-passenger per day VIA Primo bus rapid transit (BRT) line, which links downtown San Antonio and the South Texas Medical Center. The Southwest Research Institute, a locally based defense think tank with more than 2,800 employees, will anchor the consortium’s R&D along with the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Transportation Research and Texas A&M’s Transportation Institute.