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Autonomous shuttle service launches in Orlando
« on: December 03, 2019, 08:38:25 AM »
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In a race where some cities are placing their image boosting hopes in the hands of emerging technologies, Orlando has become an early leader with the launch of what may be Florida's first autonomous shuttle bus service to be operated as a real first and last mile transit alternative.


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Re: Autonomous shuttle service launches in Orlando
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2019, 10:05:58 AM »
Any idea as to how long this has been in the works?

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Re: Autonomous shuttle service launches in Orlando
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2019, 10:13:11 AM »
I just don't see the appeal of going 11 mph with frequent stops.  Maybe if I was ill or otherwise incapacitated, but otherwise I could do this under my own power.  As someone who lives less than a quarter mile from the old St Nicholas train station, it's so upsetting now to see these harebrained schemes and uncoordinated efforts to bring back transit when we tore out a much better system long ago.

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Re: Autonomous shuttle service launches in Orlando
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2019, 10:13:29 AM »
Any idea as to how long this has been in the works?

^The planning behind the September 2019 implementation of Move Nona in Orlando or the years long Skyway/U2C conversion talk in Jax?

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Re: Autonomous shuttle service launches in Orlando
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2019, 01:02:31 PM »
Any idea as to how long this has been in the works?

^The planning behind the September 2019 implementation of Move Nona in Orlando or the years long Skyway/U2C conversion talk in Jax?

Move Nona.

Wonder how long its taken them to go from idea to implementation.

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Re: Autonomous shuttle service launches in Orlando
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2019, 01:55:11 PM »
I'm not sure but Beep (the operator) was established earlier this year. With that said, there's a dramatic difference in what they are running and what JTA is proposing for the U2C.

Move Nona travels down a two-lane street with less than 10,000 cars a day and no traffic signals. The shuttle is basically a driverless minivan.

What JTA is proposing is to replace the rolling stock of a fixed urban transit circulator with a significantly higher max capacity with a collection of these driverless minivans or shuttle buses that will also eventually drop down to grade and mix with traffic within an urbanized setting. That's a different animal altogether, one that has less to do with technology and innovation and more to do with fit related to whatever we expect the urban environment of downtown Jax to become.

A comparable route for Move Nona in Jax would be running in a loop around the Avenues Mall parking lot or connecting the north side of SJTC with the south side of it. What we've proposed is a modern day version of replacing the turn of the century streetcar lines with buses.

So what we have locally is something ambitious, untested and largely unproven. With that in mind, Jax has quite a few hurdles to jump through that Move Nona did not and that could have been avoided if we replaced the rolling stock with something common and proven.
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