Columbus relaunches self-driving shuttle for food delivery

Between now and March 2021, the city will trial smart mobility hubs for first and last-mile transport, and connected vehicle technology to boost road safety. The electric, self-driving Linden LEAP shuttle is also being recommissioned to deliver food assistance, after passenger service was put on hold in February due to a braking incident…

Food assistance organisations have seen a surge in demand during the pandemic. St. Stephen’s Community House in Linden, for instance, reports that in April alone, its food pantry served 959 new households, a 461 percent increase over the same time last year.

An EasyMile LEAP shuttle will be used to transport pre-packaged food boxes from St. Stephen’s Food and Nutrition Center to the Rosewind Community Center. A trained operator will be on board but no passengers.