Mayor Beutler asking for public input on driverless shuttle
Now could more of these be hitting the streets in the Capital City. "We believe this is an innovative solution to address downtown traffic and it's the kind of innovative idea that could work in other cities nationwide," said Mayor Chris Beutler.
Posted By: Rachael Miner
It's the driverless shuttle that stole the show at Nebraska Innovation Campus just a few weeks ago.
Now could more of these be hitting the streets in the Capital City.
"We believe this is an innovative solution to address downtown traffic and it's the kind of innovative idea that could work in other cities nationwide," said Mayor Chris Beutler.
Mayor Beutler wants to bring more of the autonomous vehicles to Lincoln starting as soon as next year.
The city was able to lease the shuttle because they were awarded a 100 thousand dollar grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies as part of the Mayor's Challenge.
For the contest cities must implement an idea, like the autonomous shuttle, seek advice from the public, and make sure it's an idea that could spread to other cities nationwide.
Lincoln is one of 35 cities competing for a five million dollar prize to implement their idea.
Mayor Beutler says everyone was excited about the vehicle during testing and the money would allow them to bring four to six shuttles to the city, "We saw a great deal of enthusiasm, excitement actually an unbelievable amount of excitement from our stakeholders and the general public during the test rides."
Before the city can move forward to claim that five million dollar prize they want to hear from you.
A survey about the autonomous vehicle is posted on the cities website.
It takes less than five minutes to complete and asks about everything from how much you'd pay for a to what route would you want the shuttles to take.
"We're really interested in a very diverse viewpoint on this service. It would represent a significant expansion of our star tran system and we really want to know what people think about that," said David Young with Public Works and Utilities.
The survey will only be available through August 4.
Even if you didn't get to ride in the shuttle the city still wants to hear your thoughts.
If you'd like to take the survey click here.