Gainesville, Florida will soon have an autonomous shuttle that will operate for free in the college town.
A driverless shuttle will be operating in Gainesville by the spring.
It will be the company’s second driverless shuttle project in Florida. The shuttles are being used in the new Southwest Florida model town of Babcock Ranch. That project is the first autonomous shuttle operation for the French company in North America, though it operates driverless shuttles in Australia, France and Holland. It is also testing shuttles in Atlanta, Ga.
The company showed off its vehicles in the “Street of the Future” exhibition last month at the transportation conference LA Comotion.
In Gainesville, home to the University of Florida, the shuttles are expected to be carrying people around the city’s downtown area by April. They’ll be called the Gainesville Autonomous Transit Shuttle, or the GAToR. The contract is to run the service for three years.
Transdev also operates the famous streetcar system in New Orleans, as well as streetcars in Cincinnati, Detroit and Milwaukee.