Greenville County has been awarded a $4 million grant from the Federal Highway Administration to purchase and deploy self-driving taxi shuttles, known as A-Taxis, on public roads.
According to a press release, the taxis will provide shuttle service to and from employment centers, improving access to transportation for disadvantaged and mobility-impaired residents.
The grant is part of the FHWA’s Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment program, which “funds cutting-edge technologies that are ready to be deployed to enhance existing traffic capacity for commuters and businesses.” The program funded 10 projects this year valued at nearly $54 million.
“Technology is the future of U.S. transportation,” said Brandye L. Hendrickson, acting administrator of the Federal Highway Administration. “These funds will help Greenville County lead the nation into a future with more driverless vehicles, which will improve mobility for some and reduce traffic congestion for all.”