[ExI] driverless in san jose

spike at rainier66.com spike at rainier66.com
Fri Apr 21 19:26:42 UTC 2023



The local city council wants to go ahead with this plan for driverless taxis from the airport to the train station.  The full story is behind a paywall, but this tells you what you need to know.  These taxis have no steering wheel, so the passengers assume no liability.


Cool!  If they get this going, I might go over there just to ride the driverless taxis back and forth.




Robot shuttles at San Jose airport? Major transit plan moves forward

Driverless pods connecting airport and Diridon Station could cost $500 million



A passenger enters a Glydways car. (Courtesy Glydways)

By  <https://www.mercurynews.com/author/gabriel-greschler/> GABRIEL GRESCHLER |  <mailto:ggreschler at bayareanewsgroup.com> ggreschler at bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group

PUBLISHED: April 18, 2023 at 6:07 p.m. | UPDATED: April 20, 2023 at 6:34 a.m.

For more than two decades, San Jose leaders have been stymied on how to connect a 3½-mile gap between San Jose Mineta International Airport and Diridon Station. They may have finally found the answer: a “Star Trek”-like army of robotic shuttles ferrying passengers between the two travel hubs — with a price tag of up to $500 million.

Despite skepticism from transit enthusiasts and local bus unions, the San Jose City Council initially approved the project that could get underway by 2028 and comes as the city’s airport and Diridon Station are experiencing increased demand with no efficient public transit option to link them. It currently takes two public transit stops or an Uber to make the journey.

In its unanimous approval Tuesday, the council voted to explore working with a local startup called Glydways, whose driverless shuttles would carry up to four passengers on a designated driveway at a maximum speed of 31 miles per hour. Since the shuttle would run at a continuous speed, officials from Glydways said the journey could take around eight minutes — as opposed to the roughly half-hour bus ride….



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