Smart Columbus introduces self-driving shuttles to opportunity zone

Credit: Smart Columbus

Smart Columbus launched two self-driving electric shuttles this week in the Linden neighborhood of Columbus, OH, as part of what’s said to be the country’s first self-driving shuttle service in a residential area.

The Linden LEAP service is a one-year pilot that will be free and open to the public. The vehicles are designed to close first mile/last mile gaps in the northeast neighborhood, which the city identifies as an opportunity zone. The shuttles connect residents to the Central Ohio Transit Authority’s (COTA) CMAX line, in addition to picking up and dropping off passengers at a community recreation center, the Linden Transit Center, and other facilities that provide housing, childcare, nutrition and senior care.

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Story excerpt provided by Smart Cities Dive.

Written by Cailin Crowe.

Originally published February 7, 2020.

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