Philadelphia’s first autonomous vehicle coming to the Navy Yard

A new autonomous shuttle is set to hit the road at the booming Navy Yard.

Why it matters: The pilot program will be the first automated shuttle to transport public passengers in Pennsylvania.

Driving the news: The electric Ford E-Transit van is expected to roll out on the South Philly business campus by the end of January.

The driverless shuttle program uses technology from Perrone Robotics. It’s a partnership that includes PIDC (which manages the Navy Yard), Drexel University and PennDOT (the state’s Department of Transportation).
Zoom out: At least seven other automated vehicle operators are currently testing in Pennsylvania, which requires special approval from the state.

Most are centered in the Pittsburgh area, a hub for the autonomous industry.
The shuttle at the Navy Yard is the first driverless vehicle to operate in Philly.
Between the lines: The pilot program comes amid the Navy Yard’s $6 billion transformation of a former military base into a business, commercial and residential center.

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