A Las Vegas Innovation District is launching a free autonomous bus service for the public.
Global public transport giant, the Keolis Group, which manages services in 16 countries, is partnering with America’s auto club, AAA, and the City of Las Vegas, to operate the NAVYA Arma fully electric shuttle, which seats eight.
It is the first self-driving system in America to be ‘fully integrated with smart city infrastructure’ and will communicate with traffic lights to increase safety and improve the flow of the traffic.
“From the horseless carriage to the driverless car, AAA has built its legacy on making travel safer, easier, and more enjoyable. AAA believes autonomous technology has the potential to save lives and improve traffic safety. We believe our Las Vegas pilot will allow the public to experience this exciting technology for themselves and allow their voice to be heard as AAA studies how autonomous transportation can be safely deployed for public use,” said Tim Condon, President & CEO of AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah.
The pilot project will be used by AAA – and other stakeholders – to see how the service functions in a ‘live traffic environment’.
It has been a big week for autonomous vehicles, with Waymo also announcing its new fully self-driving service, without a test driver for the first time ever, for shared travel in the Phoenix metro region.