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Students hail self-driving shuttle at Texas University

US bus operator First Transit has launched a shared autonomous vehicle (SAV) pilot at Texas Southern University (TSU), Houston, which will use a self-driving shuttle to transport up to 12 students around the university campus.

Operated by Metro Houston, the University District Circulator service will be the eighth SAV initiative for First Transit and the first-of-its-kind in the region.


An EasyMile SAV shuttle will travel along a one-mile pedestrian walking loop, providing connection to multiple points and buildings on campus for students and faculty. The shuttle is equipped with a sensor and intelligent vehicle system to detect obstacles and avoid collisions.

Justin Pate, senior vice president of global business development and marketing for First Transit, said, “As the transportation solution provider to more than 30 universities, this partnership with Metro Houston and TSU allows us to continue to enhance the rider experience, adoption, and education of SAV mobility solutions.”

TSU offers more than 120 baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degree programs in nine schools and colleges and has nearly 10,000 students. The University District Circulator pilot will operate Monday through Friday from 8:00am-2:00pm and 5:00-8:00pm and is open to university students, staff and visitors.