New driverless buses are coming to Dunedin

The 15-seaters top out at 16 MPH.

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Have you ever yelled at another driver and had the thought, “Man, life would be better if robots were driving us around,” roll through your head?

You’re in luck.

Dunedin is about to be the testing grounds for French driverless bus manufacturer, Navya (see above and below for examples). The experiment is part of a grant funded with the Pinellas Suncoast Transportation Authority (PSTA). BN9 says that the 15-seat buses, which top out at 16 MPH, will come at no cost to taxpayers and will always have an operator on board.

The vans are set to run up and down Main Street, and the city’s Economic Development Director Robert Ironsmith says that the buses should pick folks up every 10 minutes.

There’s no hard timeline on arrival for the buses, but they could be on streets in about a year.


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