Tulsa considers using driverless shuttles
The Associated Press and Tulsa World - August 18, 2018 9:23 am
(Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com)
TULSA, Okla. (AP) – Tulsa officials are exploring the possibility of operating what they say would be the first driverless shuttle in Oklahoma.
The Tulsa World reports that the autonomous electric shuttle would go from the Gathering Place park to the Philbrook Museum. The route would have a stop in between for riders hopping off the new Bus Rapid Transit buses, which are scheduled to begin service next summer.
The shuttles would operate within existing car lanes and hold 15 people. The driverless vehicles would rely on GPS mapping, cameras, and light detection to direct them.
Officials stress that planning is in preliminary stages, with public safety and public input being key considerations.
Autonomous shuttles are already implemented in places like Arlington, Texas, which just completed a yearlong pilot program.