THE AUTONOMOUS SHUTTLE IS BACK
The Autonomous Shuttle is back at the University of Utah to participate in a study conducted by the Department of Psychology. The pilot project by The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) gives the public a first look at a completely autonomous vehicle (AV) — meaning there is no driver, steering wheel or pedals. The shuttle follows a pre-determined route but reacts to other vehicles, pedestrians, etc. in real-time as they are encountered.
Students, staff and faculty can hop on Utah's first completely autonomous shuttle July 6 through September 4, 2020, from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. (excluding weekends).
The AV Shuttle stops at two locations: the Union and the Lassonde Studios. The shuttle loops around the Union parking lot and heads up Student Life Way towards the Lassonde Studios. This route also serves as a great connection to the Student Life Center and the TRAX Fort Douglas station.
Autonomous shuttles are electric vehicles with capacity for six to 12 passengers. The vehicle does not have a driver's seat, a steering wheel, pedals, or the other features usually associated with traditional vehicles. The shuttle follows a pre-determined route, but reacts to other vehicles, pedestrians, etc. in real time as they are encountered.
March 16 through April 14 from 9 a.m - 3 p.m. The AV shuttle will not operate on weekdays.
No, the AV shuttle is available to students, faculty, staff and visitors at no cost.
Yes, the AV shuttle is equipped with an automated ramp to assist in boarding. The shuttle can be configured with automatic internal and external stop announcements as well.
Yes! The shuttle follows a pre-determined route but reacts in real-time to other vehicles, pedestrians, etc. This is a Level 4 High driving automated vehicle, meaning the vehicle is capable of performing all driving tasks, with no expectation that a driver will be asked to intervene when the vehicle is operating in those conditions. The shuttle operates at up to 15 miles per hour.
- Lassonde Studios
- Student Life Center
EasyMile operators will implement the following safety procedures:
- EasyMile operators will wear face coverings
- EasyMile operators will disinfect seats, public areas, buttons, handles, and other frequently touched areas
- EasyMile recommends all riders wear face coverings
- EasyMile recommends no more than 1 operator and 4 riders sitting in the four corners of the vehicle be on the vehicle at one time
- UTA recommends that the windows be open during operations
- EasyMile will limit the need for the riders to push any buttons
- EasyMile will implement any other guidelines that the University of Utah or UTA requires to keep operators and riders safe