An Autonomous Shuttle Service to Launch in Fishers, Indiana, Before Christmas

The new autonomous shuttle service in Fishers, Indiana, will operate five hybrid Lexus RX 450h vehicles 6 photos
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Good news for everyone living in Fishers, Indiana: a free autonomous shuttle service, powered by the Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF), will be launching by the end of the month.
TMF and Energy Systems Network (ESN) have launched the Together in Motion Indiana initiative earlier this year, with an autonomous shuttle service debuting in Indianapolis, where it operated for six months. For the project’s second phase, the two have partnered with the City of Fishers, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), and May Mobility, to bring this service to the good folks of Fishers.

The fleet will be comprised of five hybrid Lexus RX 450h vehicles, plus a Polaris GEM electric vehicle that’s also wheelchair-accessible. The vehicles will operate along a three-mile (4.8 km) fixed route, in the area around the Nickel Plate Cultural District in Fishers. The route will feature nine designated stops, and it was chosen because it connects a residential area with a commercial district. Each stop on the way will feature a sign and a QR code, with additional information about the route and about May Mobility.

Anyone in Fishers who will want to hop on one of these autonomous shuttles can follow the live updates on the Together in Motion Indiana official website. There won’t be much waiting time, either, since the shuttles are scheduled to arrive every 15 minutes, at most. The service will be available Monday through Friday, from 8 AM to 8 PM.

Like many other communities in the U.S., Fishers relies mostly on personal transportation, so the Together in Motion Indiana project hopes to open new possibilities for the city’s future transportation, and encourage people to go for shared alternatives. Fishers is the ninth location where May Mobility will be operating its autonomous shuttle service, since its debut. The previous deployment, in Indianapolis, added up to 3,400 successful shared rides.

This upcoming launch will also represent another important step for TMF, which is on a mission to provide these types of mobility services for everyone, across the U.S.

The autonomous shuttle service in Fishers will kick off on December 20, and continue until June 2022.
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