First Transit to offer autonomous shuttles at sports stadiums in Texas

16 August 2017  •  Author(s): Eurotransport

First Transit will provide two autonomous passenger shuttles for the Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau (ACVB) in Arlington, Texas. 

The AV passenger shuttles, named Milo (see above for video courtesy of the City of Arlington) will offer transportation connecting sports fans heading to Globe Life Park, home of the Texas Rangers, and AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys from parking lots surrounding both stadiums.

“We are excited to be a part of the innovative mobility solution that the ACVB is bringing to the City of Arlington,” says Brad Thomas, president of First Transit. “Showcasing this new technology allows us to increase awareness by promoting connectivity, growth and vibrancy.”

First Transit will operate and provide maintenance for the initial two AV passenger shuttles, which will run on a fixed-route stopping at designated stops for all home games, connecting fans to nearby parking lots.

Each AV passenger shuttle will have a First Transit customer ambassador agent onboard for passenger questions and information.

“Milo, the name of the Arlington AV shuttles, is a prime example of the City of Arlington’s interest in the next wave of transportation technology,” added Jay Warren, marketing communications manager for the City of Arlington. “Our City Council and Mayor see an opportunity for Arlington to lead the way in implementing creative transportation solutions.”

The shuttle is designed to travel short distances using pre-programmed routes, with each shuttle being equipped with a sensor and intelligent vehicle system to detect obstacles. The shuttles can carry 12 passengers and will operate for 14 hours on a single battery charge.

For passengers needing additional assistance, the shuttles are equipped with a button to activate a retractable ramp.

This is the third implementation of autonomous vehicle passenger shuttles in North America from First Transit, the first being the passenger shuttle pilot at the Bishop Ranch Office Park in San Ramon, California and the second being the partnership with GoMentum Station.

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