First, Scioto Mile. Then, Linden. Next, the world? Autonomous vehicles will soon be driving themselves into the Linden neighborhood in northeast Columbus as part of the Smart City initiative.
The electric shuttles will carry up to 12 passengers around a 2.7-mile circuit. Gov Tech reports the new route will be operational in November.
In October 2018, Ohio’s first self-driving shuttles and world’s largest autonomous and connected vehicle testing facility is launched along the Scioto Mile.
The Smart Circuit transporting passengers between the Smart Columbus Experience Center, COSI, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, and Bicentennial Park.
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The difference between the Smart Circuit and the Linden route is that instead of operating around downtown attractions, the Linden shuttle will operate in a neighborhood environment, connecting residents to community resources, program manager for Smart Columbus, Mandy Bishop, tells Gov Tech.
The project is one of several transportation initiatives funded by the $40 million grant awarded to Columbus in 2016 as the winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation Smart City Challenge.