NCDOT Issues Report on Driverless Shuttle Test

The North Carolina Department of Transportation recently released a report that provides insights regarding a Connected Autonomous Shuttle Supporting Innovation, or CASSI, pilot test project conducted March 6 through June 2 in the town of Cary, NC’s Bond Park…

Some of the key findings outlined in the report are:

-Most riders had a good experience using the shuttle and with the attendant on the shuttle.
-Some riders did not like the shuttle’s jerky braking and sudden stops.
-New trips within Bond Park resulted from the introduction of the shuttle and some personal vehicle trips were replaced by the shuttle during the pilot period.
-Additional testing in more complicated settings and potentially more advanced technology is needed to optimize communications between the shuttle and traffic signals.
-Making sure the public is involved in the decision-making process about automated vehicles in their communities is important to success.

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