Drive.ai Launches Self-Driving Taxi Pilot Program In Arlington
Drive.ai will run a one-year self-driving pilot program in the city of Arlington, Texas, which will ferry testers through the city’s Entertainment district.
Californian startup Drive.ai will run a one-year self-driving pilot program in the city of Arlington, Texas, starting on October 10, which will ferry testers through the city’s Entertainment district.
The company will deploy three four-seater vans for the pilot, powered by the company’s self-driving technology. A safety operator will be on board at all times, taking over when necessary.
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Drive.ai announced its first self-driving pilot this summer, in Frisco, Texas. It is deepening its ties to the state with the Arlington expansion. Texas is one of the least regulated states for self-driving, and several of the big names have active operations in the state.
“Drive.ai looks forward to the opportunity to bring our innovative self-driving technology to the City of Arlington. This forward-thinking, bustling city has unique transportation needs, and we plan to provide a last-mile transit solution within a vibrant entertainment district,” said Conway Chen, vice president of business strategy at Drive.ai. “Together with the city, we aim to reshape the way people experience transportation in Arlington, Texas.”
Drive.ai will deploy specially designed self-driving vans for the Arlington test, which have an array of sensors attached to the roof and LED notices on the sides and front of the van, warning pedestrians when it is about to move.
“The City is excited to continue our exploration into new and innovative mobility solutions. Early testing of these technologically advanced solutions will prepare the City to take advantage of unique and efficient transportation options as they become available,” said Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams.