The city of Peoria is continuing the pilot program RoboRide that offers residents new technology for transportation.
The program started in early 2020 but was forced to be put on hold due to the Covid19 pandemic. The RoboRide autonomous medical shuttle is a self-driving vehicle capable of sensing its environment and driving with little to no human input. The Service is operated by Florida based Mobility Startup Beep. The Service is using the Navya Arma Shuttles by French Startup Navya.
The shuttle service was created to determine how feasible autonomous vehicles could adapt to the area of Peoria and if this type of transportation could carry on into the future.
“This is very much a project that looks towards the future to understand how, not only can Peoria incorporate this technology but how can others in the Valley, the state and the country,” said Kevin Burke, the city’s interim chief financial officer.
The RoboRide shuttle will pick up its passengers at marked locations and take them to selected locations within the healthcare district in Plaza Del Rio Boulevard.
The area also includes residential communities with retirement living and single family homes. The program began in the fall of 2021 and will run through March 19, 2022.