The N.C. Department of Transportation started its Connected Autonomous Shuttle Supporting Innovation program, or CASSI, as a pilot through a partnership with EasyMile, a France-based autonomous vehicle manufacturer.
EasyMile’s EZ10 vehicle was deployed in the following communities:
- Deployment 1 – Jan. 8-9, 2020: Two-day demonstration at the N.C. Transportation Summit at the Raleigh Convention Center
- Deployment 2 – Jan. 21-Feb. 25, 2020: Three-week deployment at N.C. State University’s Centennial Campus
- Deployment 3 – April 20-July 16, 2021: 13-week deployment at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in partnership with the National Park Service for the first autonomous shuttle deployment at a recreational public lands site
More information about the project completed at the Wright Brothers National Memorial with EasyMile can be found in the following evaluation reports created in collaboration with the park service and the U.S. Department of Transportation Volpe Center.
NCDOT completed its projects with EasyMile and is partnering with Beep for future autonomous shuttle projects.