METRO’s Autonomous Vehicle Pilot Begins this Summer in Partnership with TSU
The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) is gearing up to test a self-driving vehicle at the Texas Southern University campus. The first phase of the pilot project will kick off June 5.
During the summer session at Texas Southern, an EasyMile EZ10 Gen-1 bus will run along the campus’ one-mile “Tiger Walk” — closed to public traffic — at up to 12 mph. The battery-powered vehicle can accommodate six seated passengers and six standing passengers.
If the $250,000 first phase succeeds, the second phase will extend the route to a nearby rail station and possibly offer a connection to the Texas Medical Center’s TMC3 research campus. METRO says the second phase would require third-party funding.