Autonomous Vehicles are Here
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. Check out UTA's Autonomous Shuttle Pilot.
UTA's Tech Innovations Projects
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.
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.