Beep, FDOT Offer Automated Rides to ADA Community
Jan. 28, 2021—Yesterday, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority in Fla., and Beep, an autonomous mobility company, welcomed community members with physical disabilities to experience the state's first fleet of all-electric autonomous vehicles, Autonomous Vehicle Advantage (AVA).
Funded by the Florida Department of Transportation, AVA operates Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. until the end of the month. According to a press release, the shuttle functions using eight external sensors. Not truly driverless, the vehicle includes an on-board attendant who oversees the technology and passenger experience.
"I'm really pleased to be able to participate in this pilot project for PSTA," said Gloria Lepik Corriga, a frequent transit rider. “PSTA didn't just decide what we should have, they reached out to folks like me for our direct input. I am grateful for this focus on service for all customers," she said, in the press release.