New self-driving shuttle service coming soon to Tampa


Tampa, and Hillsborough County’s Transportation future is bright. The latest addition to Tampa’s public transit scene is an autonomous vehicle program.

HART has teamed up with the FDOT to make getting around Downtown Tampa easier and safer. Up to $1 million will be available to fund an Autonomous Vehicle Circulator Service between Marion Transit Center to Downtown Tampa along the low speed, controlled access, Marion Street Transitway. This project would be one of the first of its kind in the U.S. using autonomous technology and has the potential to become a genuine problem solver.

With more typical bus service improvements underway, these autonomous vehicles can help solve those tricky first-mile, last-mile challenges to get transit riders even closer to the door of their destination.

The initial pilot project was delayed. HART just posted photos of the new autonomous vehicles arriving in Tampa.

Once put into motion, the year-long pilot project will feature a single Navya vehicle capable of transporting uptown 15 passengers at one time, including those with reduced mobility.

The clean transportation solution operates for 9 hours on a single charge.

Do you plan to use the service when it launches?

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Written by Andrew Harlan

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