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The future comes to Arlington with new self-driving car program

The future comes to Arlington with new self-driving car program

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No driver required. Photo courtesy of Drive.ai

The future is here in Arlington, Texas, which is launching a pilot program with self-driving cars.

According to a release, the City of Arlington approved a contract with Drive.ai, a California-based self-driving car company, for a one-year pilot program. They'll roll out a fleet of three self-driving three-passenger vans as a transportation option within the city's Entertainment District in October.

The punctuation-challenged Drive.ai was founded in 2015 by graduate students at Stanford University's Artificial Intelligence Lab. The company has more than 150 employees, with locations in Mountain View and Frisco.

This marks Drive.ai’s second self-driving pilot program in the state of Texas; Frisco got them on July 30.

The vans will travel alongside other vehicles in a predetermined, geo-fenced area at speeds up to 35 miles per hour.

Safety operators will be onboard during the initial phase of the pilot program, which will be used for day-to-day mobility needs for residents as well as to help visitors get to and from remote parking lots to AT&T Stadium, Globe Life Park, and other venues.

The initial pilot will run for one year and include three vehicles. If mutually agreed upon by the City and Drive.ai, that could increase to five vehicles at a later date.

The program will be partially funded by a federal grant, with the remainder of funding coming from the City. The Drive.ai vans will be among the transportation technology showcased by cities from across the state during the three-day Texas Mobility Summit, which will be held in Arlington from October 28-30.