TDG Transportation designs world’s first autonomous public transportation system
Autonomous Vehicle Technology announces 2020 ACES Award Winner in Mobility Services | Transportation category
TDG Transportation is delivering what it claims is the world’s first autonomous public transportation System in Nashville. After receiving a mandate to deliver a $1.65 billion proposed public transportation system through a public referendum in May 2018, TDG has developed a phased master plan. Phase one of the Nashville autonomous public transportation system program began planning in May 2019, with physical pilot testing planned for the first quarter of 2020 in five main geographic areas to measure safety, security, and an increased quality of life. Instead of focusing on just the transportation solution, the TDG plan, called Intelligent Transit Nashville, identifies and implements innovations (called ingredients) into a unique solution (called the recipe). The IT Nashville recipe has renewable energy generation, energy storage, energy distribution (dynamic wireless charging), a fleet of four different-sized autonomous vehicles in the form of buses, an LED streetlight Internet backbone at 5G speeds throughout the city, an AV guidance system leveraging LiFi with LED light corridors and edge computing, and an open standard/open code city operating system. Augmented/virtual reality windows in the autonomous buses can deliver Hollywood-created experiences for passengers, and a blockchain-style cryptocurrency is used to promote and enable public transportation for all inhabitants and visitors of Nashville. This program is a public/private partnership whose business plan provides a sustainable economic model that has at its foundation a sustainable environmental impact implementation that promises to provide a framework for other municipalities to consider.
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