The shuttle, which only goes 12 mph, takes students and employees just a half mile down the road from the BT bus stop to the front of the building.
The normal path people usually have to walk on is hilly and contains no sidewalk. The shuttle solves the problem of “last mile transportation” that many autonomous researchers are working to fix.
VTTI purchased the shuttle from EasyMile, a French company, and is conducting new research on how both passengers and other drivers respond to the shuttle.
This project is another great announced that will bring visibility for the Unmanned Systems industry in Virginia’s New River Valley.
For more information, read Jacob Demmitt’s article for the Roanoke Times.
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