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Las Vegas Tests the Country's First Autonomous Shuttle

The city hopes to alleviate traffic in a popular corner of Downtown Las Vegas with an electric, self-driving shuttle fleet.
January 23, 2017, 9am PST | Elana Eden
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The first "completely autonomous, fully electric shuttle to ever be deployed on a public roadway in the United States" ran up and down Fremont Street in Las Vegas for two weeks this month. 

That vehicle was still in testing mode, but the city hopes to put a fleet of them into service by early fall.

The service is estimated to cost $10,000 a month, which the city hopes to fund with advertising on the sides of vehicles or on screens inside. Businesses have even offered to pay the city to design the shuttle’s route with stops near their locations, the Las Vegas Sun reports.

Developed by Paris-based company Navya, the shuttles have been in service in France since late 2015. Navya is partnering with global company Keolis to bring the shuttles to Nevada.

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Published on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 in Las Vegas Sun
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