Arlington, Drive.ai to Roll Out On-Demand, Self-Driving Shuttle Service to Public

Driverless cars have arrived in The American Dream City! Thanks to a partnership with Drive.ai, the City of Arlington is the first Texas city to offer an on-demand, self-driving shuttle service available to its residents, employees and visitors.

As part of a one-year pilot program, the City and Drive.ai are rolling out a fleet of three self-driving, three-passenger vans to provide a unique transportation option within Arlington’s world-class Entertainment District. These self-driving vans will travel alongside other vehicles at speeds up to 35 miles per hour to select pick-up and drop-off locations within the service area, which includes AT&T Stadium, Globe Life Park, Texas Live!, the Arlington Convention Center and the CenterPoint Office Complex.

The service, which begins Friday, Oct. 19, is free of charge to the public.

“Partnering with Drive.ai on this groundbreaking program allows us to provide our residents and millions of visitors who come to our great city each year with a transportation option around our Entertainment District that is safe, convenient, and easy to use,” Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams said. “As a city that strongly values innovation, Arlington welcomes the opportunity to embrace the future of self-driving vehicles and share that future with as many people as possible.”

Click here to see the service area map and read more Frequently Asked Questions about the City’s pilot program with Drive.ai.

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As one of the nation’s first self-driving, ride-hailing programs available for use by the general public, this type of dynamic, on-demand service is a major step forward for the self-driving industry, Drive.ai CEO Bijit Halder said. Arlington’s innovative pilot program is also an example of how Drive.ai is partnering with local governments to solve real-world mobility needs.

“Our partnership with the City of Arlington is a testament to Drive.ai’s ability to develop not only cutting-edge AI technology, but also self-driving services that solve the most pressing transportation problems facing communities today,” Halder said. “As we continue to scale our deployments, we are committed to closely collaborating with governments, local authorities, and other organizations so that we can put forth self-driving programs that make a real and positive impact on people’s daily lives.”

Regular shuttle service to all pick-up and drop-off locations will be available to the general public between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. During Cowboys home games, however, the shuttles will only run between AT&T Stadium and the CenterPoint Office Complex at Randol Mill Road  and Six Flags Drive.

Interested in checking out this transportation technology for yourself? You can hail a Drive.ai shuttle by visiting a kiosk inside the Live Arena at Texas Live! or at the Arlington Convention Center during regular service hours. Additional kiosks will be available at a later date. Passengers can also download the Drive.ai app, which will be available starting Oct. 24, to request a ride.

The Drive.ai shuttles will be featured prominently during the Texas Mobility Summit, taking place Oct. 28-30 in Arlington.

“The City of Arlington is excited to continue our exploration into new and innovative mobility solutions, and I can tell you there will be plenty of exciting announcements in the near future,” Williams said. “We will continue leading the way and take advantage of unique and efficient transportation options that become available. We don’t wait for big ideas and big projects to happen in Arlington. We go out and get them done.”

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