City Pilots AV Shuttle Service, Peachtree Corners, GA 2021
5 minutes Date Launched: Oct 18, 2021
Credit: City of Peachtree Corners
The City of Peachtree Corners, a community outside of Atlanta, is launching PAUL (Piloting Autonomous Use Locally), a fare-free autonomous vehicle (AV) shuttle service. PAUL has a fleet of two electric AVs, one produced by Navya and the other by Local Motors/Olli. Beep, another AV technology company, manages the vehicles. PAUL vehicles run on a 3-mile fixed-route loop at a speed of about 12 miles per hour. Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners, a local technology incubator, manages the route. The route has seven stops, which include a local hotel, the city hall for Peachtree Corners, and the office for Curiosity Lab. A round trip on the loop takes about 25 minutes. The AV shuttles are wheelchair accessible and can transport up to eight passengers at a time. PAUL operates only during the work week from 10 AM to 4 PM.
PAUL is the second AV vehicle test to occur in Peachtree Corners. This pilot makes use of the city’s 5G infrastructure. This deployment is one of several projects throughout the United States that tests the viability of AVs as a mobility solution for communities. If successful, it will be important to see how PAUL evolves in Peachtree Corners and how AV pilots are adopted in peer communities.