Driverless shuttle arrives in Lincoln, will be tested this summer

Mayor Chris Beutler spoke during a news conference Wednesday at Nebraska Innovation Studio announcing the arrival of a driverless shuttle.

From horses to trains to cars and airplanes to automated driverless vehicles, Lincoln residents continue to be pioneers, always looking for better ways to travel, Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler said as he stood in front of a 15-passenger driverless shuttle that will be tested in the city this summer.

The white Navya van, which arrived in Lincoln on Tuesday, was on display at Nebraska Innovation Campus during a news conference Wednesday providing more information on the city's plan to study the use of an autonomous shuttle system to help with traffic and parking issues downtown.

“Autonomous vehicle technology will change the course of history, generating the same transformational impact on our society as the transcontinental railroad or the national interstate system,” Beutler said.

“With this project we get to be a part of shaping that history.”

The city will test the shuttle on Innovation Campus and downtown streets and will eventually invite the public to ride in the van and provide comments about the shuttle and a potential shuttle system. Read more>>