DRIVERLESS SHUTTLE TESTED @ AUSTIN AIRPORT

Travellers arriving at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) can now experience the latest in autonomous transportation technology as part of a new pilot programme.

Now in a public testing phase, the airport’s “Easy Mile EZ10” driverless shuttle is available to transport passengers going between the Barbara Jordan Terminal and the Rental Car Facility/Ground Transportation. Operating on the upper level of Garage 1, the electric, driverless and ADA-compliant vehicle represents another mobility alternative for transporting travellers on the airport’s campus.

The shuttle’s current route will take passengers from the terminal to the front of the Rental Car Facility/Ground Transportation, which is also the location for the airport’s ground transportation pick-up area for taxis and ride-app services. Other route options may potentially be explored in further testing.

The shuttle seats six with additional room for standing passengers and has a built-in automated electric access ramp for wheelchair accessibility. While the vehicle itself operates autonomously, an AUS attendant is present to assist travellers and for safety purposes during this pilot program.