First Transit announces a shared autonomous vehicle (SAV) pilot with Houston METRO and Texas Southern University (TSU). This is the eighth SAV initiative for First Transit and the first-of-its-kind in the region, according to the company.
Houston Metro is introducing the University District Circulator on the campus of TSU. An EasyMile SAV shuttle will travel on the Tiger Walk, a one-mile pedestrian walking loop, providing connection to multiple points and buildings on campus for students and faculty.
The SAV passenger shuttle can carry up to 12 passengers and is designed to travel using a pre-programmed route, equipped with a sensor and intelligent vehicle system to detect obstacles and avoid collisions.
First Transit is providing onboard customer service agents for the SAV passenger shuttles, system and project management, and maintenance operations.
The University District Circulator pilot will operate Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. and is open to university students, staff and visitors. Everyone is required to sign a consent form before riding.