High tech junkies, take note: the Alliance for Transportation Innovation will conduct rides in its new shuttles from 9:30 a.m. through 1:00 p.m. at the Arlington Convention Center.
The U.S. Department of Transportation just announced that Arlington is one of 10 out of 60 applicant cities that have been picked to test out driverless cars. In a research partnership with Texas A&M University, the program will test the vehicles out on the University of Texas at Arlington campus, in the Entertainment District (the area surrounding Six Flags Over Texas, AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park), and on the HOV lanes between Dallas and Fort Worth on I-30.
Government and business leaders will also conduct a a round table Thursday to talk about how Arlington can begin using these vehicles. The fact that Arlington, the largest city in the country with no mass transit, is interested is a good step as our highways get more congested and unsafe.
Other Texas cities that are a part of this study include Houston, San Antonio, Austin, College Station-Bryan, and El Paso, making us the epicenter of driverless car research.
If you’re like me, sitting inside a fast moving vehicle, relying on its computers, sounds scary. Riding on DFW Airport’s shuttle is the closest we’ve probably come to that other than a roller coaster. But almost all (94%) of collisions are caused by driver error, so who knows, perhaps this is a good alternative.