Whether you’re heading out to a Rangers game or a concert, Arlington is releasing a new autonomous shuttle service to help you get around.
We first saw the shuttles, called “Milo,” being demonstrated earlier this year after Arlington was selected as an official test site. The shuttles are red, self-driving, electric vehicles from a company based in France.
The shuttles will run along a route that connects AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park. They will operate about one hour before and one hour after all games, concerts, and other large events.
About 12 people will be able to fit on the shuttle, and it will go around 10-12 mph.
Arlington city leaders say Milo's unveiling is not only innovative but also a more cost effective mode of transportation.
NBC 5 was granted a unique perspective inside the driveless vehicles on Friday. Their purpose is to transport visitors along entertainment district off-street trails during big events like a Rangers or Cowboys game.
Officials say the technology is safe and even comes with a collision avoidance system. "It has lidar, radar, sensors, these are state of the art technologies that are constantly reading the world around it, it has a 360 degree view around it and it can assess if there's ever any obstacle that's in the way of the vehicle," said Lauren Isaac with Easymile, a shared driverless technology company.
Even though the shuttles are driverless, officials say there will be a certified operator on board at all times. The two shuttles will officially launch on August 26th, during the Cowboys vs. Raiders preseason game.