In the spirit of highlighting Industry 4.0 collaboration this month, Michigan State University and two firms have partnered to create MSU's first electric and autonomous bus. After 650 test runs, the bus went live in May as part of MSU's "smart mobility" initiative. The wheelchair-accessible bus will start its runs each weekday at 9 a.m., completing a 2.5-mile route with a goal of a 45-minute continuous round trip, MLive reports.
Electric, Autonomous Bus Debuts at Michigan State University
No driver. No gas. No problem.
Michigan State University has debuted its electric, autonomous bus after months of trial runs.
The 27-foot, 22-seat bus is one of the largest of its kind on U.S. roadways to date, according to a Tuesday, May 10 university news release.
With the bus now officially accepting passengers, MSU takes another step in its “smart mobility” initiative, which pushes for clean transportation to reduce its carbon footprint.
Read more about the partnership in MLive and how MSU's connected campus will collect data from the bus to inform future design considerations.