Driverless shuttle coming to Madison in the fall

NOW: Driverless shuttle coming to Madison in the fall


MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Driverless technology is set to hit Wisconsin roads later in 2019 thank in part to teams in Madison and Milwaukee. 

A driverless shuttle is set to hit the road in Madison come the fall, as part of a demonstration project. The shuttle, which carries about 15 people, would run along a one-mile stretch of road leading up to the Capitol. 

People got a preview of a driverless shuttle during demonstrations last year. 

The project involves teams from UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, the City of Madison, state government, and private businesses. 

Jon Riehl, who helps lead the project, says he's proud Wisconsin can be a part of moving the technology forward. 

"Being on the forefront of this technology and being on the research and public side of things and how we can shape this future is really exciting and so having the vehicle here to begin to do that work with, is really, I'm looking forward to it," says Transportation Systems Engineer Jon Riehl said. 

The demonstration project coming later this year would go for about two years. After that, other routes would be explored before the possibility of regular service is planned out. 

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