Self-Driving Shuttles Arrive in Columbus
On Monday, curious riders can take a spin in an autonomous vehicle in Downtown Columbus, traversing a short span in the RiverSouth area along the Scioto Mile. New vehicles will offer free rides on a loop — dubbed “Smart Circuit” — between the Smart Columbus Experience Center and COSI.
“Smart Circuit gives us an opportunity to learn more about self-driving technology in real time as we work to improve our city’s transportation ecosystem,” stated Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther in a release issued earlier today. “Many people in our community still lack access to convenient transportation options, and Smart Circuit is another exciting step in researching and deploying new technologies that have the potential to improve equity and expand access to opportunity in our city.”
The 1.5 mile 10-minute route will be served by three electric vehicles, which each seat four people and travel at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour. The vehicles will also include an operator who has access to driving controls at all times.
Smart Circuit opens to the public on Monday, December 10th and will operate seven days per week from 6am to 10pm. The vehicles are operated by May Mobility, a Michigan-based startup.
For more information, visit www.smartcircuitcbus.com.
Photos and video by Susan Post.