Self-driving technology company Coast Autonomous has signed a memorandum of understanding with Saint Leo University to bring autonomous transportation to the campus.
The deployment at the campus located 30 miles (48km) north of Tampa, Florida, will identify routes and running simulations to determine the optimum fleet size and vehicle types to provide an efficient and useful service.
Dr Jeffrey Senese, president of Saint Leo University, said technologies such as Coast’s autonomous transportation fits its strategic plan, Renaissance 2021, to strengthen culture and educational experience.
He said, “The Coast vehicles will enhance the campus community with greater safety, accessibility and convenience. We are eager to work with the Coast team to prepare a detailed plan and launch Saint Leo’s autonomous transportation system as soon as possible.”
David Hickey, chairman and CEO of Coast, said, “Students’ schedules tend not to match traditional bus timetables, but our vehicles won’t mind transporting them at all times of the day or night. Coast also will look at offering on-campus deliveries and other innovative services. We are excited to successfully introduce a world-class and cutting-edge system that will benefit campus and student life.”