The City of Arlington, Texas has allowed self-driving car company Drive.ai to conduct a one-year pilot program.
The company will be running autonomous vehicles in the city starting October this year. Arlington and Drive.ai plan to roll out a fleet of three self-driving three-passenger vans to provide a unique transportation option to Arlington residents and visitors within the city’s world-class Entertainment District. The number of vehicle could increase to five vehicles at a later date.
These self-driving vans will travel alongside other vehicles in a predetermined, geo-fenced area at speeds up to 35 miles per hour. Safety operators will be onboard during the initial phase of the pilot program. The residents as well as visitors can use these vehicles to get to and from remote parking lots to AT&T Stadium, Globe Life Park and other venues.
The program will be partially funded by a federal grant, with the remainder of funding coming from the City. The City of Arlington is the first Texas city to offer on-street autonomous transportation service to both its residents and visitors.
This marks Drive.ai’s second self-driving pilot program in the state of Texas. Drive.ai takes a deeply collaborative approach to deploying self-driving programs by working with partners to ensure the service is practical and solves a transit need, that the cars and routes are optimized for safety, and that the community is well-educated and comfortable with the service.