A driverless shuttle has come to Cary
The three-month pilot program from NCDOT and the Town of Cary aims to reduce carbon emissions.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation and the Town of Cary have launched a self-driving shuttle called CASSI that will operate at Bond Park.
And they’re off! #NCDOT and #Cary officials celebrated the launch of the self-driving CASSI in Bond Park today. People can ride the shuttle for free and see the future of public transit. CASSI’s in Cary until 6/2. Learn more https://t.co/ztUtMXDkoT— NCDOT (@NCDOT) March 14, 2023
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CASSI stands for Connected Autonomous Shuttle Supporting Innovation. Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht said by using electric power, the CASSI shuttle will reduce the city’s carbon footprint.
“It will help us mitigate the effects of climate change, and that’s a big goal for Cary," he said.
CASSI is free to ride and will make four stops on a fixed route using remote-sensing laser technology. Those stops include Cary Senior Center and Bond Park Community Center.
A similar shuttle was previously piloted in Raleigh and Kill Devil Hills. While the eight-seat shuttle does not have a driver, a trained attendant will always be present to assist passengers and can take over in case of an emergency.
Jerry Jensen, Cary's director of transportation, said this technology is already present in the U.S. and globally.
“And, we feel like this particular type of technology could be very valuable to support our transit services in Cary and will be a supplement to it," he said.
CASSI will run weekdays until June 2.