Transportation options at Yellowstone National Park are going to be downright futuristic this summer with the launch of unmanned electric-powered, low-speed automated shuttle buses to ferry visitors on a small loop between campgrounds, lodges and visitor centers.
The National Park Service has been working hand in hand with the automated vehicle company Olli to launch the pilot program using their 10-12 passengers model BEEP. The vehicles will be driverless but an operator along with several park employees will be onboard to help passengers load and unload and maintain COVID-19 protocols. A sister program will go into effect at the same time at Wright Brothers National Memorial in North Carolina.
The data from this pilot program will help guide longterm decisions making in regards to automated transportation in all National Parks. MORE INFO HERE:
A standard autonomous shuttle provides comfortable transportation for up to 10-12 passengers. It is equipped with the latest in scanners, sensors, and cameras which enable the shuttles to perceive and react accordingly to their environment much like a human driver would. With one major exception being that an autonomous shuttle is never distracted as its “eyes” are always on the road. The incorporation of AI-related technologies and smart infrastructure further contributes to a safe and predictable mobility service that enhances safety in every deployment.
Our mobility services cover 2-4 mile routes on average and are operating on public and private roads in both mixed traffic and dedicated lane deployments. Today these shuttles travel on roads with posted speeds of 25mph or less but this operating domain is advancing steadily as a result of R&D investments driven by the learnings of our early deployments.