The public is invited to take a virtual ride on a driverless shuttle and let the city know what it thinks through Aug. 4 at shuttle.lincoln.ne.gov.
More than 1,500 riders recently tested a Navya shuttle at Nebraska Innovation Campus. Riders gave the project team feedback on the shuttle, how it operates and where it could go.
To receive additional funding for the shuttles, the city needs feedback from shuttle users and the public.
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The virtual ride — a 360-degree video that allows participants to “look around” as they ride the shuttle — works best on a computer or laptop rather than a mobile device. The survey includes questions about the reasons for riding the shuttle, preferences for service areas and stops, and the acceptability of different fare structures.
If Lincoln receives additional funding, four to six autonomous shuttles could travel along fixed downtown routes as part of a pilot program as early as 2019. Riders would summon the shuttles using smart phones or kiosks.