Some of Movability Austin’s founding partners were up to very interesting things during SXSW.
Capital Metro, together with RATP Dev, hosted a public demonstration of an EasyMile EZ10 autonomous shuttle on the University of Texas at Austin campus. The 12-passenger shuttle gave rides to about 300 people over two days, and showed how RATP Dev and Capital Metro are working together to connect people with options.
“Because transit is not a one-size-fits-all solution to mobility challenges, we are actively working to identify cost-effective technologies that will allow us to better match our services to the needs of the community,” said Wade Cooper, chairman of the Capital Metro board of directors.
Austin Transportation Department Director Rob Spillar also had a chance to weigh in on autonomous vehicles, and their role in cities. Rob was part of a special panel discussion at the C3 Smart Mobility Showcase, where stakeholders from the public and private sector discussed how data about mobility trends can be leveraged to understand where autonomous vehicles (AVs) can be best positioned to provide maximum benefit to cities and their citizens.
Image via Capital Metro