FARMINGTON — A driverless car will soon be seen shuttling around Station Park in Farmington.
The Utah Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Utah Transit Authority, has launched their new "Autonomous Shuttle Pilot Project" — a robotic vehicle that will travel to different communities throughout the state over the next year.
The vehicle is scheduled to serve Station Park, Farmington's large retail hub, during the month of May. Exact operating hours have not yet been announced, but will soon be posted to www.avshuttleutah.com.
In a press release, UDOT spokesman John Gleason said the transportation department and UTA are testing the driverless technology to meet the transportation needs of Utah communities while improving safety, access and mobility.
Gleason said the shuttle has no driver, steering wheel or pedals. It operates up to 15 miles per hour and follows a predetermined route, reacting in real-time to other vehicles, pedestrians and other obstacles that might come into its path.
The shuttle will also serve The Canyons Resort in Park City, the University of Utah, a Salt Lake City business park and the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy.
According to the shuttle website, several factors were considered when selecting sites, including proximity to transit, areas with frequent visitors, access to storage and charging facilities and the ability to interact with riders.
With an automated ramp that assists in boarding, the shuttle is available to those who may have mobility issues.