Driverless EV Shuttle Set to Debut in Downtown Orlando

Autonomous Vehicle From Beep Can Carry up to Eight Passengers
An electric self-driving shuttle from Beep Inc.
Beep's driverless EV shuttle on display in Orlando, Fla. (John Raoux/Associated Press)

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ORLANDO, Fla. — There is going to be a new way to get around downtown Orlando, and it’s not going to require any human drivers.

Starting later this month, an electric, self-driving shuttle will whisk passengers around a 1-mile loop in the downtown area for no charge, Orlando officials said Aug. 16.

The eight-passenger shuttle service is part of a six-month trial for the central Florida city. Transportation planners hope to use data gathered from the pilot program to guide the city’s future transportation strategy.

“With the expansion of autonomous vehicle shuttles into our neighborhoods, we can converge cutting-edge technology with new mobility solutions to further redefine the way our community moves,” Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said.

Interior of Beep's driverless EV shuttle

Interior of Beep's driverless EV shuttle. (John Raoux/Associated Press)

The autonomous shuttle service is operated by Beep Inc., an Orlando-based company that already operates a similar service in a planned community near Orlando International Airport.

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