PIDC to Launch Automated Shuttle Service in Philadelphia, PA 2022
5 minutes Date Launched: Jun 1, 2022 Dates given are approximate.
Credit: Perrone Robotics
PIDC, an economic development corporation, will launch an automated vehicle (AV) shuttle service that serves the SEPTA NRG Station and Navy Yard area of Philadelphia. This pilot, the first-ever AV shuttle deployment in Pennsylvania, will occur across two phases. In Phase 1, passengers can use the AV shuttle to travel between key locations in Navy Yard. Phase 2 will add SEPTA NRG, FDR Park, and the Philadelphia Sports Complex to the deployment area, giving the AV service a first-/last-mile component for transit customers. The deployment area hosts a community of about 15,000 employees and 8 million square feet of mixed-use facilities. Perrone Robotics is the selected vendor that operates the AV technology. As of Phase 1, Perrone Robotics will operate an electric Ford 350HD chassis. An operator will staff the vehicle, which can fit nine passengers plus a wheelchair.