October 31, 2020

UTA piloting transportation program that includes free rides, driverless cars


IMAGE: A driverless car like the one pictured will be on Arlington streets early in 2021.
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Credit: city of Arlington

A team led by Sharareh (Sherri) Kermanshachi of The University of Texas at Arlington has received $606,457 to help launch a new public transportation pilot program in downtown Arlington and on UTA’s campus that features autonomous vehicles. During the technology deployment phase, this new service will offer free rides for UT Arlington students and other passengers.

Kermanshachi, an assistant professor of civil engineering, is leading UT Arlington’s research efforts. Other investigators include Jay Rosenberger, professor in the Department of Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering and interim director of the Center for Transportation Equity, Decisions, and Dollars (CTEDD); Greg Hladik, director of UTA Parking and Transportation Services; and Amir Shahmoradi, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics.

The project is part of a $1.7 million Federal Transportation

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