Self-driving car company Drive.ai has partnered with the Texas city of Arlington to run a one-year pilot programme deploying autonomous vehicles in the city’s Entertainment District.
The pilot, scheduled to start in late October, will see the partners roll out a fleet of three self-driving passenger vans, making Arlington the first city in Texas to offer an on-street autonomous transportation service to residents and visitors alike.
“Drive.ai looks forward to the opportunity to bring our innovative self-driving technology to the City of Arlington. This forward-thinking, bustling city has unique transportation needs, and we plan to provide a last-mile transit solution within a vibrant entertainment district,” said Conway Chen, vice president of business strategy at Drive.ai.
“Together with the city, we aim to reshape the way people experience transportation in Arlington, Texas.”
Drive.ai’s self-driving vans will travel alongside other vehicles in a predetermined, geo-fenced area, at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour.
Safety operators will be on board each van during the initial phase of the pilot programme, which will support the day-to-day mobility needs of Arlington’s residents, and ferry visitors to and from remote parking lots to venues such as AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park.
“The City is excited to continue our exploration into new and innovative mobility solutions,” said Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams.
“Early testing of these technologically advanced solutions will prepare the City to take advantage of unique and efficient transportation options as they become available.”