The Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau (TX) is launching two automated shuttles to serve local sports fans.
Dubbed “Milo” — for mile zero — the fixed route 12-passenger shuttles will provide connections between parking lots and the home stadiums for the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Cowboys.
The city is leasing the self-driving, electric vehicles from the French company EasyMile for a one-year pilot. First Transit will operate and maintain the shuttles.
“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, in a statement. “Showcasing this new technology allows us to increase awareness by promoting connectivity, growth, and vibrancy.”
Each shuttle is equipped with a sensor and intelligent vehicle system to detect obstacles, and a customer service agent will be onboard to answer questions. Each shuttle can travel at 20 MPH and operate for 14 hours on a single battery charge. The vehicles will operate off road.
This is the third automated passenger shuttle for First Transit, following a pilot test at the Bishop Ranch Office Park in California and a partnership with GoMentum Station.
Image source: City of Arlington