Aboard the GAToRS

The implementation of connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies at the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), as part of the Florida Connected and Automated Vehicle Initiative (Florida-CAVI), has led to a collaboration with the University of Florida to create a test bed called the I-STREET. Among its initiatives is the Gainesville Autonomous Transit Shuttle (GAToRS) project. The GAToRS study presents conclusions for planning and deploying successful autonomous transit systems. Study aspects included crash data and traffic volumes; traffic characteristics; system elements including traffic signals, roundabouts, parallel parking, bike lanes and bus stops; and operational, safety and security factors…

The GAToRS demonstration was performed in May 2018 and has been in service since mid-August. Six bus stops for phase 1 of the AV shuttle have been selected. Locations vary from existing regular fixed route service bus bays to only shuttle bus stops. The shuttle will operate under regular on-street parking conditions, and potential conflicts will be identified with the shuttle on service.