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Orlando Debuts Self-Driving Shuttle

The SWAN will whisk passengers around downtown.

The new self driving SWAN (Shuttling with Autonomous Navigation) shuttle bus is displayed Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2023, in Orlando, Fla.
The new self driving SWAN (Shuttling with Autonomous Navigation) shuttle bus is displayed Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2023, in Orlando, Fla.
AP Photo/John Raoux

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — There is going to be a new way to get around downtown Orlando, Florida, and it's not going to require any human drivers.

Starting later this month, an electric, self-driving shuttle will whisk passengers around a 1-mile (1.6 km) loop in the downtown area for no charge, Orlando officials said Wednesday.

The eight-passenger shuttle service is part of a six-month trial for the central Florida city. Transportation planners hope to use data gathered from the pilot program to guide the city's future transportation strategy.

The interior of the new self driving SWAN (Shuttling with Autonomous Navigation) shuttle bus is seen Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2023, in Orlando, Fla.The interior of the new self driving SWAN (Shuttling with Autonomous Navigation) shuttle bus is seen Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2023, in Orlando, Fla.AP Photo/John Raoux

"With the expansion of autonomous vehicle shuttles into our neighborhoods, we can converge cutting-edge technology with new mobility solutions to further redefine the way our community moves," Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said.

The autonomous shuttle service is operated by Beep Inc., an Orlando-based company that already operates a similar service in a planned community near Orlando International Airport.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer looks over the new self driving SWAN (Shuttling with Autonomous Navigation) shuttle bus, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2023, in Orlando, Fla.Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer looks over the new self driving SWAN (Shuttling with Autonomous Navigation) shuttle bus, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2023, in Orlando, Fla.AP Photo/John Raoux

The new self driving SWAN (Shuttling with Autonomous Navigation) shuttle bus is displayed Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2023, in Orlando, Fla.The new self driving SWAN (Shuttling with Autonomous Navigation) shuttle bus is displayed Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2023, in Orlando, Fla.AP Photo/John Raoux

The new self driving SWAN (Shuttling with Autonomous Navigation) shuttle bus is displayed Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2023, in Orlando, Fla.The new self driving SWAN (Shuttling with Autonomous Navigation) shuttle bus is displayed Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2023, in Orlando, Fla.AP Photo/John Raoux

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