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Supervised Self-Driving Shuttles Move COVID-19 Tests in Florida


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Loading up one of the autonomous SUVs.

Autonomous shuttles are transporting COVID-19 tests from a Jacksonville, FL, testing site to a Mayo Clinic processing location.

Credit: Beep

Self-driving shuttles transporting COVID-19 tests from a Jacksonville, FL, testing site to a Mayo Clinic processing location are being trailed by human-driven sport utility vehicles (SUVs).

Joe Moye with autonomous vehicle operator Beep said the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is supplying the SUVs to shadow the autonomous shuttles to "ensure no traffic or pedestrians would potentially impact the delivery path of the COVID-19 samples and supplies."

JTA's David Cawton II said with this deployment, the agency is collecting valuable information and experience "even if this service is operating with an extra layer of human oversight or remote interaction."

Beep, the Mayo Clinic, and the JTA also are reportedly "closely monitor[ing]" the shuttles from a "mobile command center" to ensure deliveries proceed without problems.

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