Self-Driving Trolleys Set to Debut in Downtown Bryan this October

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trolley-wrapThe City of Bryan will introduce two electric self-driving trolleys to Downtown Bryan this October in partnership with the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES). In contrast to other programs, the Downtown Bryan location provides a pedestrian rich environment for both foot and bicycle traffic offering numerous, real-life challenges to autonomous vehicle driving technology. These self-driving trolleys are the first of their kind to be utilized on public rights-of-way in the Brazos Valley and, to our knowledge, only the second in the nation.

“Downtown Bryan offers the perfect landscape for refining the technology used to provide autonomous transportation,” shares Bryan Mayor Andrew Nelson. “With bicycles, pedestrians, automobiles, and trains to test the capabilities of the self-driving trolleys, we are excited to see how this program can assist with research already underway by TEES. This is another area where Texas A&M and the City of Bryan have partnered for the…

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