Self-driving shuttles are scheduled to start traveling in Linden in late January.
The free service will be the first residential test in the country for self-driving shuttles, said Mandy Bishop, Smart Columbus’ program manager.
The shuttles will run along a 2.8-mile route and connect St. Stephen’s Community House, the Douglas Recreation Center, the Rosewind Resident Council and the Linden Transit Center. The pilot program will run for 12 months.
Three, 12-passenger, disabled-accessible electric shuttles will travel the route between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Service will be suspended between 8 and 9:30 a.m., and again from 3 to 4:30 p.m. because of students walking to school, said Bishop, who called it an extra layer of safety.
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Written by Mark Ferenchik.
Originally published January 8, 2020.