Autonomous Vehicles are Coming

Autonomous vehicles, or AVs, use technology to sense the surroundings and navigate without human input. Radar, lasers, GPS and sensors embedded in roads are some of the technologies AVs use to “see” what’s ahead, behind and next to them on local streets and highways. AV technology typically go hand-in-hand with other innovations, such as electric vehicles, connected vehicle technology and ridesharing.

AVs and related technologies offer great opportunities to fill the “first mile/last mile” gap between transit stops and riders’ destinations. Imagine stepping off a TRAX or FrontRunner train, getting into a waiting AV car or van, and arriving at your office 10 minutes later, all the while working on your laptop with an uninterrupted connection to the internet. It’s coming, and it may be sooner than you think.

UTA's Tech Innovations Projects

Redwood Road Connected Vehicles Pilot Project
UTA is partnering with the Utah Department of Transportation to test connected bus technology on a portion of Redwood Road (UTA Route 217). The system monitors individual buses’ on-time performance and other real-time information and dynamically adjusts traffic signals to provide additional time on green lights to allow the bus to remain or get back on schedule. UTA anticipates expanding this type of connected vehicle technology to other major bus routes if this pilot program is successful.

Provo Orem Transportation Improvement Project Connected Vehicles
UTA is partnering with the Utah Department of Transportation, Mountainland Association of Governments (MAG), Provo, Orem and Utah County. The project's transit component is a bus rapid transit, or BRT, line. BRT is an innovative, high-capacity public transit solution that can significantly improve urban mobility and increase travel choices in a community. All BRT buses will utilize connected bus technology throughout the entire route to monitor individual buses’ on-time performance and other real-time information and dynamically adjusts traffic signals to provide additional time on green lights to allow the bus to remain or get back on schedule.

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What others are doing

Navya Shuttle, Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Las Vegas, with sponsorship from AAA, launched a self-driving shuttle on the streets of Las Vegas. This pilot took riders through eight city intersections, six traffic lights, and two stop signs, without a driver.

The Ultimate Urban Circulator, Jacksonville, Florida

  • The Ultimate Urban Circulator (U2C) connects people and places around downtown Jacksonville, bridging destinations on both sides of the St. Johns River.
  • Visit http://u2c.jtafla.com for more information.

Minnesota Department of Transportation

  • Minnesota DOT has launched an Automated Shuttle Bus Pilot in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area and around the state.
  • Visit https://bit.ly/2AQWkdv for more information.

Autonomous Shuttle, Arlington, Texas

  • The City of Arlington launched an AV shuttle in the entertainment district moving Dallas Cowboy fans from the parking lot to the stadium.
  • For more info visit http://bit.ly/2xwPTHY

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