Driverless shuttle pilot program coming to downtown Austin

Driverless buses could soon be circulating in Downtown Austin, the Austin Monitor’s Caleb Pritchard reported Tuesday. Area transit agency Capital Metro plans a rollout of six self-driving, electric minibuses as part of a yearlong pilot program for the vehicles. The initial fleet of shuttles, which can hold up to 15 passengers, will circulate between Capital Metro’s Downtown station in front of the Convention Center and the Central Library.

The exact route of the shuttles has yet to be determined, but the agency’s tentative plans are for the buses to be at stops every five to seven minutes. The maximum speed of the vehicles is 30 miles per hour, Capital Metro Chief Operating Officer Elaine Timbes told the Monitor, but the agency hasn’t determined how fast its buses will run.