A US transit agency has appointed software and technology company Coast Autonomous to operate autonomous shuttle services in downtown Tampa, Florida.
The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) selected Coast, along with community design firm Stantec, to provide what Coast says is the first deployment of self-driving shuttles by a transit agency located in the US.
Coast Autonomous and Stantec are managing the project and providing related infrastructure design, while Coast will provide and operate the autonomous systems and fleet.
During the project, funded by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Coast will operate its newly unveiled P-1 self-driving shuttles in an open environment with live and mixed traffic.
Coast’s self-driving shuttles will connect the city’s Marion Transit Center and parking to employment centres during daylight hours. The company expects the project to act as a catalyst for further transport automation throughout the Tampa Bay region.
“Transportation is changing,” said Coast Autonomous Managing Director David Hickey. “FDOT and HART are leaders in this transportation transformation that will deliver safer, cleaner, and more flexible mobility options.
“We are honored to be part of this innovative team and look forward to setting a new standard for self-driving vehicle service in this first-in-the-nation project.”