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Drive.ai

Operating a
Self-Driving City

THE PROGRAM offers a firstmile last-mile option for riders
in the area.

Self-driving vehicles are becoming a more prominent
aspect of the transit world, agencies are working to
further meld them into their current service offerings.

I

By Maile Rudebusch, assistant editor

N JULY 2018, THE DENTON
County Transportation Authority (DCTA) and Drive.ai
rolled out a pilot program of
self-driving vehicles in Frisco, Texas. The pilot program
was the first of its kind for
the state, having the vehicles
operate in a public setting.
Kristina Holcomb,DCTA deputy CEO, explained, "The reason
why [Drive.ai] selected Frisco was
because they had newer road infrastructure and traffic devices to
make for a good AV deployment.
They were also impressed with the
collaboration of Frisco Transpor-

tation Management Association
(TMA). The TMA really offered
a fully-comprehensive pilot program because the TMA represents
different areas, which include a
large office park, an entertainment
district, as well as a new high-density residential development. From
Drive.ai's perspective, their location needed to have good infrastructure and they wanted to be
able to have a fully comprehensible
pilot program that provides a good
case study more than one market."
"Drive.ai's partnership with
DCTA and the Frisco TMA was
the result of collaborative en-

"That

collaboration is
really focused
on enhancing
connectivity
and mobility for
employers and
employees..."
-KRISTINA
HOLCOMB,
DCTA Deputy
CEO

gagement in late spring of 2018.
As Drive.ai was looking for a location for its first deployment, the
state of Texas, and specifically the
Dallas/Fort Worth area emerged
as an ideal location, thanks to 1. a
clear regulatory framework in the
state, 2. an ability to address real
transportation challenges within
the local community and 3. the eagerness of partners like DCTA to
work together transparently while
educating stakeholders," said Bijit
Halder, Drive.ai CEO.

An autonomous plan

"The Frisco pilot program was
initially scheduled to run from
July 2018 through the end of
January 2019, serving the Hall
Park area of Frisco's North Platinum Corridor and connecting
employees at the office park with
retail, entertainment and dining
options in the area. The pilot was
ultimately extended through the
end of March 2019, due to its
popularity and regular usage by
riders," said Halder.

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