Say hello to Milo! As part of an innovative transportation pilot program, visitors to Arlington’s Entertainment District are able to catch a free ride on an autonomous shuttle and be part of the United States’ first autonomous shuttle program open to the public.The Arlington City Council approved a one-year lease agreement with EasyMile of Toulouse, France, for the use of two low-speed, battery-powered, autonomous shuttles.Arlington has named its shuttles Milo, representing mile zero — the point at which guests arrive at their event destination.
- Milo shuttles are free to use, wheelchair accessible, and can hold up to 12 passengers, (or 10 passengers + one wheelchair).
- Shuttle rides are available along select Entertainment District off-street trails during Stadium and Ballpark events.
- Although Milo runs autonomously, a certified operator will always be onboard.
- Milo has a maximum speed of about 20 miles per hour and can accelerate, brake and steer by itself.
- Milo’s driverless technology comes with collision avoidance systems that detect other vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians, and obstacles.
- Milo will operate by following a pre-programmed route on trails, not city streets.
Book A Ride
In addition to all regularly scheduled Rangers Games, Cowboys Games, and other major events at Globe Life Park and AT&T Stadium, you can also ride Milo by booking a free demonstration ride.Spots for the public demo ride on April 13 are full, but check back soon for more dates!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Milo?
The City of Arlington’s Milo shuttles are low-speed, battery-powered autonomous vehicles. The City is leasing two of these self-driving, electric vehicles from EasyMile, a company based in France, as part of a one-year pilot program. The shuttles will run between designated pickup and drop off locations in the Entertainment District.
Where does Milo go?
Milo is programmed to run along select off-street trails in Richard Greene Linear Park and Robert Cluck Linear Park. The shuttles are primarily available to individuals who park near the stop at the Arlington Convention Center, located at 1200 Ballpark Way. From the designated stop, passengers are taken to their destination along a route that follows the paved trail system connecting to AT&T Stadium.
When can I ride Milo?
The shuttles will operate approximately one hour before and one hour after events in the Entertainment District. This includes all Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys games, as well as larger concerts and events at either venue.
How many passengers can Milo hold?
Milo can hold up to 12 passengers, or 10 passengers and one wheelchair.
Is Milo wheelchair accessible?
Yes. The vehicles feature an electronic ramp that extends with the push of a button.
Do I pay a fare?
No, the Milo shuttles are free to the public.
Can I use an app to hail Milo on my phone?
No. Milo riders can only be picked up and dropped off at designated stops in the Entertainment District.
Is Milo safe?
Yes. Although Milo runs autonomously, a certified operator will always be on board. The shuttles’ driverless technology comes with collision avoidance systems that detect other vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians, and obstacles. It is also equipped with multiple safety features for braking, entry, and exit of the vehicle.
If someone or something falls or jumps in front of the vehicle, will MILO stop?
Yes. Milo is equipped with special sensors that detect objects and individuals on the path. These will trigger the vehicle to stop. Additionally, the certified operator on board has the ability to press the emergency stop button at any time.
How fast does Milo go?
In self-driving mode, Milo can reach a top speed of 20 miles per hour. However, on the trail system in the Entertainment District, speeds will average 10 to 12 miles per hour.
Will I see Milo on city streets?
No. The shuttles will follow a pre-programmed route on off-street trails. Currently, federal rules only permit standard vehicles (with steering wheels and brakes) to operate on public roadways. This may change in the future.
Who operates Milo?
The City of Arlington will offer the Milo shuttle service in collaboration with the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau, which has contracted with First Transit to provide operational services for the shuttles.
If Milo is self-driving, why do you have operators?
Operators provide an additional level of vehicle oversight and customer service.
Is Milo expected to become a long-term solution to Arlington’s transportation issues?
The City is testing the driverless shuttles to explore potential uses for autonomous transportation technology in a real-world setting. This pilot program is currently expected to run through mid-2018.