by Tiana May
06 Jan 2022
Beep and the Maricopa Association of Governments have launched a pilot programme for RoboRide, a fully electric autonomous medical shuttle in Peoria, Arizona.
The driverless shuttle opened in the city’s healthcare district on 5 January 2022.
Throughout the programme, the shuttle will offer passengers a free service Monday to Saturday from 8am to 2pm.
The pilot programme aims to reveal whether an autonomous shuttle service is feasible within the robust healthcare district of Plaza del Rio, which contains more than 100 medical facilities and more than 500 senior living residences.
The service can be used to transport passengers to and from appointments, thus providing a transportation option for those with mobility needs. For this reason the RoboRide Medical Shuttle is designed to accommodate wheelchairs and scooters.
The shuttle’s ridership patterns will be analysed to provide insight into future transit opportunities and mobility solutions.
“Peoria is a modern, thriving community embracing the evolution of transit. As we evaluate future needs and opportunities, we are thrilled to collaborate with industry leaders and regional groups to identify how fully-electric and autonomous shuttle service can improve mobility in our community. I look forward to seeing Peoria residents and families joining us as we study this exciting and innovative concept.”
The RoboRide Autonomous Medical Shuttle is not fitted with a steering wheel or pedals, as it will follow a pre-programmed, fixed route. However, an attendant will always be onboard to ensure passengers have a pleasant and safe journey. Furthermore, the Beep Command Center will remotely communicate with the attendant to provide additional support. The shuttle can hold approximately eight passengers and travel at a maximum speed of 15mph.
“We are thrilled to return to such an innovative community like the city of Peoria. Our partnership with the city and the Maricopa Association of Governments provides the perfect synergy to enable mobility for all communities and people. We are honoured to be part of the healthcare district near Plaza Del Rio Boulevard for the next several months providing first and last-mile solutions to medical services for the senior community.”
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