In February 2020, the N.C. Department of Transportation and N.C. State University launched CASSI on NCSU’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh. The autonomous vehicle makes three stops on its fixed route along Main Campus Drive, Varsity Drive and Partners Way during weekdays with the exception of some special weekend events.
The CASSI project is expected to be expanded into other communities in North Carolina later this year.
About the Shuttle
NCDOT is leasing the shuttle and partnering with other public entities for deployment.
Facts about the CASSI:
- Electric and autonomous shuttle
- Transports up to 12 people (six seated, two leaning and four standing)
- Wheelchair accessible
- Up to 16 hours of operation per charge
- Operates at speeds between 8 mph and 12 mph
|Test rides offered at the N.C. Transportation Summit in Raleigh||Jan. 8-9 2020|
|CASSI begins 6-month deployment on N.C. State University’s Centennial Campus||Feb. 7, 2020|
|CASSI special event||Feb. 8, 2020|
About Autonomous Vehicles
Autonomous vehicles use cutting-edge technology to operate without a driver. The vehicles navigate the roadway using radar, remote sensing laser technology called LiDAR, and GPS used to extensively map and then monitor a fixed route. It is estimated that autonomous shuttles will be the transportation of the future. More information on autonomous vehicles is available from the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.